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Ask Rufus: A Columbus New Years 175 years ago

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.

Lynn Spruill: Credit where credit is due

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Starkville and Oktibbeha County seem to have difficulty with plaques and historical markers. Oktibbeha County has been struggling with the Unity Park designations so long the blue tarps covering the markers have faded.

Birney Imes: Magnolia Bowl on Christmas morning

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

The presents had been opened and the grown-ups were sitting around talking in the easy afterglow of a Christmas morning. An uncle was absorbed by a modern-day version of a Tinkertoy set and an aunt was helping a niece come to grips with a pair of sparkly gloves that can freeze people. A couple of us stepped outside with one of the kids, who wanted to show off the scooter Santa had brought.

Slimantics: A visit with Santa

Posted 12/23/2014 in Local Columns

I am not as familiar with Santa Claus as most people, for he was a sporadic visitor to my home during my incorrigible childhood.

Possumhaw: Saint Nicholas of Myra

Posted 12/22/2014 in Local Columns

While Sam watched the MSU girls' basketball game, I wandered through thoughts of Christmases past settling comfortably on Saint Nicholas.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Forget about Santa Claus; Amazon has a patent

Posted 12/22/2014 in Local Columns

Forget about Santa Claus.

 

Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

It is the Christmas season and many people will soon be traveling "home" to spend Christmas with family and childhood friends.

Birney Imes: A Christmastime ramble

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

While dining out with friends Friday evening, the husband let it be known he would like to have a Corvette. We're about the same age, well past the mid-life crisis marker. It's not a crisis if it's something you've always wanted, I suppose.

Lynn Spruill: Universal language

Posted 12/19/2014 in Local Columns

For those who have had some biblical background, the tower of Babel is a well-known account in Genesis about the efforts of man to construct a tower tall enough to reach heaven.

 

Charlie Mitchell: If teaching is a profession, let professionals do it

Posted 12/18/2014 in Local Columns

I know what Mississippi teachers want for Christmas.

 

Slimantics: When a 'thank you' is enough

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tess and I finished decorating the Christmas tree early Saturday evening. We turned the lights out and examined our handiwork, with only the colored lights on the tree illuminating the den, and pronounced it a success.

Possumhaw: 'Now I lay me down to sleep'

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tom had a hard day at work. After supper he spent a few hours watching TV before bed. Two hours later Tom heard the sound of frogs bellowing in the night; the sound got louder and louder, filling the room. A light bounced off the ceiling while Tom dreamt giant amphibians leaped across his bed in the moonlight.

Ask Rufus: From Irish linen to Cuban cigars

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.

 

Local voices/Ben C. Toledano: A taxpayer demands accountability

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

While I was visiting a friend the other day, he made a point of showing me his ad valorem tax bill for 2014 and insisted I read it, especially the amount allocated to the Columbus public school system. "Look at this," he said, "over half of what I'm charged is for the schools, and what do I get for my money?"

 

Lynn Spruill: The plight of women

Posted 12/12/2014 in Local Columns

Recently this paper ran a story with a picture that was, to say the least, disturbing and arresting in its portrayal of human cruelty.

Slimantics: What the Governor won't tell MUW grads

Posted 12/11/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be the speaker at Friday's commencement exercises at Mississippi University for Women.

Anne's Kitchen: Great bites for the holidays

Posted 12/10/2014 in Local Columns

At a reception held at the Rosenzweig Arts Center during the most recent Decorative Arts Forum I could hardly tear myself away from the table where a huge bowl was stacked with twisted strips of brown sugar bacon.

Possumhaw: It all started with a Christmas card

Posted 12/8/2014 in Local Columns

Across the street there was a girl sitting on the stoop. Her legs were bare; she was eating an apple. I smiled and she smiled back.

Ask Rufus: Barbecue, a Mississippi tradition for 474 years

Posted 12/6/2014 in Local Columns

It's December and time for my annual barbecue column.

Birney Imes: Kendall Graveman takes the mound

Posted 12/6/2014 in Local Columns

If Kendall Graveman's baseball career continues its present trajectory, he's going to turn at least one cliche on its ear. Nice guys can do just fine in the Majors, thank you.

 

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