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Possumhaw: All decked out in red

Posted 9/28/2015 in Local Columns

The swarming ruby-throated hummingbirds are declining at the feeders.


Possumhaw: Flight of the dragonfly

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Three beautiful sights appeared before my eyes.


Possumhaw: The beauty of color

Posted 9/14/2015 in Local Columns

On occasion, while teaching a class of adults, I would arrive with colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue, sparkles and assorted craft supplies. It was playtime.


Shannon Bardwell: A place of indescribable calm

Posted 9/5/2015 in Local Columns

It seems like if you were going to be a friend to anyone, you'd be a friend of the library. Libraries are the most magical places where, on any given day, you could stroll right pass Mother Goose, alive and in person. The only other place something like that could happen would be maybe Disney World, or the downtown post office.


Possumhaw: The eye of the spider

Posted 8/31/2015 in Local Columns

Nighttime temperatures fell into the 60s, creating perfect conditions for nighttime walks.


Possumhaw: Home, there's no place like it

Posted 8/24/2015 in Local Columns

It was early morning when they left, almost daybreak. The duo would see a lot of sunrises before I'd see the guys again.


Possumhaw: A ways down the road

Posted 8/17/2015 in Local Columns

We entered the Natchez Trace Parkway near Mathiston and headed south. The trees formed a natural canopy, making it seem cool, though it was probably just the air conditioner.


Possumhaw: An odd August

Posted 8/10/2015 in Local Columns

August is always a hot one, but this one ... days upon days of "feels like" 100 degrees. A walk through the grass is like stepping on cornflakes; the blades of grass are drawn up slim as needles.


Possumhaw: Lazy, hazy days of summer

Posted 8/3/2015 in Local Columns

Most mornings Sam and I have cereal on the front porch.


Possumhaw: Wasp populations peak

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

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.


Possumhaw: The U.S. Drought Monitor

Posted 7/20/2015 in Local Columns

Large green circles surrounded the Prairie house like polka-dots where the circular sprinklers struggled to maintain the lawn.


Shannon Bardwell: Can't never could

Posted 7/13/2015 in Local Columns

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.


Kayaking the Buttahatchee

Posted 7/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2b


Possumhaw: The importance of duck oil

Posted 6/30/2015 in Local Columns

There's no reason under the sun the ducks should have survived this long, but there they are, waddling as fast as they can toward the house.


Possumhaw: For the men in our lives

Posted 6/22/2015 in Local Columns

For Father's Day I gave Sam four white buckets and some blue cargo shorts. When I bought the buckets, a lady in the parking lot rolled her window down and hollered, "Those are fishing buckets! Wish I was fishing!"


Possumhaw: A season of serpents

Posted 6/15/2015 in Local Columns

Looks like we're into snake season. I've seen more snakes in the past few weeks than I've seen in the last decade, or maybe ever.


Possumhaw: It's all in the moments

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on the porch and staring at the cat in my lap when the phone rang.


Possumhaw: Food for thought

Posted 6/1/2015 in Local Columns

Just the holiday leftovers included three bags of Scoops, a 46-ounce container of cashews, a bag of Skinny Popcorn, a half-indulged container of coffee and cookies ice cream and half a bag of empty Coke cans.


Possumhaw: Mystery of the Mississippi kite

Posted 5/26/2015 in Local Columns

Across the field above the sedge was a dark shadow. I thought it a squirrel and continued to watch the shadow as it rose higher and higher above the blowing grass.


Possumhaw: The patron saint of gardening and taxi drivers

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

Among gardens, garden centers, statuaries and yard art, the stone figure of a monk gently holding a bird in open hand is sometimes found. The statue of the robed monk is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. But what of the monk who holds a spade?



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