There's a saying that politics makes strange bedfellows, meaning people usually at odds sometimes find themselves working together.
When Sandra Bullock, in the 1995 movie "The Net," played a computer nerd whose identity was stolen and replaced by a criminal's identity, I developed a fear of losing my fingerprints. I considered taking my own fingerprints and putting them in a lockbox.
My mother wasn't known for her cooking skills. She made a pretty good casserole or two and had a baked bean recipe that I remember fondly, but at home I lived off of cheese toast and pop tarts starting at an early age.
It's election time and once again sparks are flying.
I had a conversation with my professor and mentor, Berkley Hudson, before I came to Mississippi. Berkley is a journalism professor at the University of Missouri, but he grew up in Columbus and has spent a good part of his academic career on a project centered around this town.
Chances are few motorists breezing along Starkville's Highway 12 notice the Stop & Go Car Wash.
It has been more than 400 years since Polonius, a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet, observed that "brevity is the soul of wit."
The premise to Harper Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," feels like the set-up of a satire or butt of a joke: Grown-up Scout comes home from New York to find that Atticus has joined the White Citizens Council.
Large green circles surrounded the Prairie house like polka-dots where the circular sprinklers struggled to maintain the lawn.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
After the visitation I went home and made two tomato sandwiches. There seemed something life affirming about eating tomatoes from your own garden in the heat of summer.
Woody Allen is credited with saying "80 percent of life is just showing up."
With Tuesday's release of Harper Lee's long-unpublished "first novel" -- "Go Set A Watchman" -- attention is almost equally divided between this "new" book and Lee's great offering to American literature, "To Kill A Mockingbird."
It strikes me that those who are defending the Confederate flag in the name of their Southern heritage are a little late.
Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs.
It was 1968, and the movie was "Funny Girl." Fanny Brice (played by Barbra Streisand) convinced the Broadway director she could roller skate. In the scene "Rollerskate Rag," Barbra rolls out on stage knocking down everyone in sight.
Faced with racially integrating their swimming pools in the 1960s, many Mississippi cities locked the gates.
One of the fun things about historical research is getting side tracked.
We've been fighting fleas in the house for over a week now. The Yogi Berra quote above pretty much describes our progress so far. I think we've tried every eradication method short of calling an exterminator. That's going to happen Monday, I am told. Say hallelujah.
Of late, all of the talk about Mississippi's list of "official" things has focused on the state's flag, which features a burning cross in its canton. Or maybe it's a Confederate flag. I forget which. It's one of those wholesome visuals, though.
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