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Being Beautiful: Does anyone have any extra fairy dust?

Posted 11/18/2017 in Columns

There are so many things I miss about Thanksgiving now that the light in my little stone cottage on Dykes Chapel Road has dimmed.


Being Beautiful: 'Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend ... '

Posted 11/12/2017 in Columns

Well, that's according to Groucho Marks. This much I know: The books we read while children stay with us our whole lives. One of my favorites is "Frog and Toad Are Friends," written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel and published in 1970.


Being Beautiful: Jesus loves me, and so did she

Posted 11/4/2017 in Columns

Birthdays are the best! Mine is this month, and I am ecstatic to be celebrating it with the best of friends in one of my favorite cities in the world, Washington, D.C.


Being Beautiful: Bubble gum and Tootsie Rolls for Wonder Woman and the Wolf Man

Posted 10/28/2017 in Columns

My mind is a cauldron of memories bubbling over, especially appropriate for Halloween. Who does not remember his or her favorite costumes from childhood?


Being Beautiful: The price of education and the cost of not learning

Posted 10/21/2017 in Columns

Being Beautiful: How are you today? I really want to know ...

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

We need more simple acts of random kindness.


Being Beautiful: With liberty and justice for all

Posted 10/7/2017 in Columns

I was taught first by my daddy, a proud veteran, then by my elementary school teachers that the flag is a symbol of everything American and should be treated as such.


Being Beautiful: Tales of Ferris wheels, funnel cakes and first cousins

Posted 9/30/2017 in Columns

The fair is coming to town!


Being Beautiful: Tethering hot air balloons, loosely

Posted 9/23/2017 in Columns

There has always been more than little bit of Peter Pan in me.


Being Beautiful: To persist or to aggravate?

Posted 9/16/2017 in Columns

Southerners know it all too well, the lush green vine that coils, winds and climbs over everything in its path from trees to houses -- kudzu.


Being Beautiful: Heaven must surely have a special place for dogs

Posted 9/9/2017 in Columns

All dogs go to Heaven, and you will never convince me otherwise.


Being Beautiful: Walking a mile in someone else's shoes

Posted 9/2/2017 in Columns

The peacock rests in shards of broken glass.


Being Beautiful: Turn up the radio and turn down Memory Lane

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

What has the magic power to transport us through space and time back to a moment, whether happy or sad?


Being Beautiful: My fountain of youth has run dry

Posted 8/12/2017 in Columns

Mark Twain might have said it best: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Well, Mark, lately it's beginning to matter.


Being Beautiful: Homes are where the heart is

Posted 8/5/2017 in Columns

I have always heard you can never go home again. Well, that's simply not true, although I do understand the more subtle meaning.


Being Beautiful: The past is never dead -- it isn't even past

Posted 7/29/2017 in Columns

When I was a little boy, Mama told me stories of sights and wonders she had seen. Still today, those stories flood my mind with curiosity and fascination, normal meeting paranormal.


Being Beautiful: Remembering screen doors left unlatched

Posted 7/22/2017 in Columns

It's hot as Hades in Mississippi, and that's even in the shade with a pitcher of ice cold lemonade.


Being Beautiful: Where have all the dragons gone?

Posted 7/15/2017 in Columns

It's hard to argue with a fire-breathing dragon.


Being Beautiful: Equal parts sugar and patience, a winning recipe

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

Summer and homemade ice cream seem to go perfectly together.


Being Beautiful: Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now

Posted 7/1/2017 in Columns

I awoke this morning to the unmistakable aroma of sausage frying. To my surprise and great delight, there were also biscuits rising in the oven.



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