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Partial to Home: Unclaimed baggage

Posted 1/21/2017 in Local Columns

I suppose I should thank the person who threw out the plastic bag from Unclaimed Baggage while driving through the soccer park last week.

 

Partial to Home: Our Mother Goose

Posted 1/14/2017 in Local Columns

There was something rare and ineffably sweet about the gathering at the Trotter Center Saturday evening a week ago. "Goose's Grand Gala" it was called, a party for Edwina Williams, known by many as simply, "Mother Goose."

 

Partial to Home: Beware the sulling possum

Posted 1/7/2017 in Local Columns

"A Mr. Ronald Crowe is here to see you." It was a receptionist in the front office, Monday morning.

 

Partial to Home: Possums under the house

Posted 12/31/2016 in Local Columns

There are benefits to living near a firehouse. I hope the firemen there feel the same way. We're a block away and always good for a laugh.

 

Partial to Home: Santa Claus revealed

Posted 12/24/2016 in Local Columns

When I was 6 years old, I had a paper route. I am sure of this because one of my customers gave my mother a handwritten note I put in her newspaper.

 

Partial to Home: A chance encounter with the past

Posted 12/17/2016 in Local Columns

A woman carrying a bag of cat food stopped and put a dollar in the red kettle. "Thanks," I said. "I hope you and your cat have a merry Christmas."

 

Partial to Home: Bluegrass memories and Christmas lights

Posted 12/10/2016 in Local Columns

In the summer 1979, after listening to high school classmates Nate Pack and Joe Shelton -- aka Big Joe Shelton -- rhapsodize about it for years, I drove to north Alabama for a bluegrass festival at a place called Horse Pens 40.

 

Partial to Home: Christmas party downtown, everybody invited

Posted 12/4/2016 in Local Columns

Friday evening I felt like an Olan Mills photographer. I made snapshot portraits of more than 100 people with my digital camera.

 

Partial to Home: The need for conversation

Posted 11/20/2016 in Local Columns

A friend walked up to me after Rotary and stuck his hand out: "I know what you've been up to this past week." We both laughed.

 

Birney Imes: By way of the river

Posted 11/12/2016 in Local Columns

Friday morning around 11 o'clock Dick Leike stood on the widow's walk of Riverview and gazed out over the treetops toward the river and the black prairie beyond. The sun had cleared the oak trees in the front yard of the house, and the stained glass of the cupola behind Leike glowed like neon. The cupola is as large as a two-car garage and is, like every other feature of this Greek revival treasure, majestic.

 

Partial to Home: Conversation under an oak tree

Posted 11/5/2016 in Local Columns

"I'm gonna miss that tree," said Jimmy Cole. He was nodding toward a white oak that might have been a seedling when Lincoln took the dais at Gettysburg.

 

Partial to Home: Bob Nolan's Trumpian encounter

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

A couple weeks ago, Bob Nolan and I were standing around in my backyard talking. Actually, I was doing the talking; Bob was repairing a crack in a rowboat made of polyethylene plastic with a heat gun. I was trying to stay out of his way.

 

Partial to Home: Bobby and Big Joe

Posted 10/16/2016 in Local Columns

Wonder what Joe would have said about "Bobby" winning the Nobel.

 

Partial to Home: The bespoke Ms. Swift

Posted 9/24/2016 in Local Columns

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Linda Swift sits in front of a large picture window with sagging Venetian blinds and sews.

 

Partial to home: Moonrise over Friendship Cemetery

Posted 9/18/2016 in Local Columns

Thursday evening while paddling on the river, I looked up at the moon and thought of Ansel Adams. Adams, you may know, was a photographer of the American West -- arguably the photographer of the American West -- known for his black-and-white prints that rivaled the grandeur of the landscapes they depicted.

 

Partial to Home: Two angels reeking of alcohol

Posted 9/11/2016 in Local Columns

Out of the blue comes an email from Larry Studdard. If you qualify for a senior discount at the picture show, went to high school in the area and paid attention to the sports pages of that time, you need no introduction.

 

Partial to Home: A beige Corvette

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon, as my grandson and I waited on milkshakes at Jack's, a man walked up and started telling us about his '61 Corvette.

 

Partial to Home: A night on the river

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

Beth and I went kayaking Wednesday afternoon. We launched at DeWayne Hayes Park out near Columbus Air Force Base. It's lovely out there.

 

Partial to Home: Prankster fails to get Harper's goat

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

OK, let's get one thing straight before we go any further: Bobby Harper has no more goats for sale. Fact is, he never had any to begin with. Throughout most of August, though, he's had a pleasant, though not always easy, time trying to convince readers of the Mississippi Market Bulletin of that.

 

Partial to Home: Extracting sweetness

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

Since company was coming at 7:30, bright and early, we needed to get up and get moving. There was the old cypress table Melvin Brewer made for us to move to the garage, the extractor to set up and the five-gallon pails to rinse out.

 

 

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