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Being Beautiful: What would Peter Pan say?

Posted 1/14/2017 in Columns

Toys are us, and I don't mean the store itself.

 

Being Beautiful: The lessons our mothers and grandmothers taught us

Posted 1/7/2017 in Columns

Where I grew up way out in the country, verses from the Bible were memorized during a summer tradition, Vacation Bible School, at hundreds of rural churches on the hottest days of June and July.

 

Being Beautiful: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Posted 12/31/2016 in Columns

It's that time of year again, the moment when I revisit all the things that happened in 2016 -- the good, the bad and the ugly, all before clinking our champagne flutes on New Year's Eve.

 

Being Beautiful: Love and joy come to you

Posted 12/24/2016 in Columns

An amazing thing happened this year when I was spreading the branches of my artificial trees on the front steps of my home in Colorado.

 

Being Beautiful: Honoring the ghosts of Christmas Past

Posted 12/17/2016 in Columns

Each time I turn a lamp off, I think of the man who raised me.

 

Being Beautiful: Tidings of comfort and joy

Posted 12/10/2016 in Columns

All my life I have heard it said: "You can't take it with you."

 

Being Beautiful: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Posted 12/3/2016 in Columns

If you need more proof that Christmas is here than the bright lights flickering from your neighbor's windows or the tinsel snowmen, Santas and angels appearing on lampposts, then just look at the calendar.

 

Being Beautiful: And it must follow, as the night the day ...

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

Being Beautiful: Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow

Posted 11/19/2016 in Columns

"The hills are alive with the sound of music."

 

Being Beautiful: Will the real Tammy Wynette please stand up?

Posted 11/5/2016 in Columns

Purple rhinestones adorning Loretta Lynn, a red sequined gown showcasing Tammy Wynette's curves, and a giant jellyfish -- no, it's not just a vivid dream.

 

Being Beautiful: The best window seat in the world

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul.

 

Being Beautiful: Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Posted 10/22/2016 in Columns

One can say my best friend Chastity Hope and I have fallen together into what Dr. Seuss refers to as "mutual weirdness."

 

Being Beautiful: Candy corn and bubble gum served with memories just as sweet

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat."

 

Being Beautiful: Rewriting the pages of history

Posted 10/8/2016 in Columns

Being Beautiful: Having your cake and eating it, too

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

Last week I dug way down into an oversized cardboard box marked "fall decor from Mississippi," pulling out glittered pumpkins, ghords and fall leaves clinging to grapevine garlands almost as tightly as I cling to the memories of time gone by.

 

Being Beautiful: The art of finding me

Posted 9/24/2016 in Columns

I was that shy, awkward little boy in elementary school who lived for turning ordinary pinecones into colorful turkeys with just the help of Elmer's glue, construction paper and glitter.

 

Being Beautiful: Send in the clowns

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columns

Some people are terrified of clowns, but they have never scared me much, well, except for a moment or two in childhood. Mama was determined I would not be afraid of them.

 

Being Beautiful: Sowing seeds and seeds of love

Posted 9/10/2016 in Columns

The gardens of my childhood spill over in my mind, growing still today thick with old-fashioned roses and their delicate pink petals decorating the sides of Mawmaw Bell's little red brick house on the hillside where I played.

 

Being Beautiful: Candy corn and autumn memories in 90-degree weather

Posted 9/3/2016 in Columns

Mama made candied apples and cupcakes all afternoon, and as I licked the frosting from the beaters, I thought surely Heaven must smell just like her kitchen.

 

Being Beautiful: Elvis only had blue suede shoes

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

The first one I acquired from a dusty corner of a flea market in the French Quarter of New Orleans for only a few dollars.

 

 

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