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Being Beautiful: Face it: Our faces tell their own stories

Posted 8/29/2015 in Columns

Mama always had her bottle of Oil of Olay night cream on her vanity keeping company with Estee Lauder's White Linen eau de parfum on her mahogany dresser, beside the Bible.



A Stone's Throw: Putting a man in a box

Posted 8/29/2015 in Columns

We tend to put people in boxes these days, usually appending the description "disorder" to our description itself of them.



Being Beautiful: With apologies to Joan Collins

Posted 8/22/2015 in Columns

Two of my nieces are, as the more ladylike members of the Dykes Chapel Road community used to say, "in the family way" or "with child."


Southern Gardening: Ornamental peppers make gardens glow

Posted 8/15/2015 in Columns

A little planning and planting early in the season can really pay off with big color during the dog days of summer that we're "enjoying" right now.


Being Beautiful: It's a small world after all

Posted 8/15/2015 in Columns

I remember sitting on the hard floors of the porches of my youth listening to old men and women telling stories while swatting flies from wooden rocking chairs.



A Stone's Throw: Fireflies

Posted 8/15/2015 in Columns

There is a phenomenon in physics called entanglement.



Being Beautiful: The future's so bright I gotta wear shades

Posted 8/9/2015 in Columns

I have had my fair share of sunglasses -- the good, the bad and the ugly.


Southern Gardening: Sturdy, colorful lantana provide summer beauty

Posted 8/9/2015 in Columns

During the annual dog days of summer, it's a really good thing to have reliable plants in the garden and landscape.


Being Beautiful: Allow me to introduce David

Posted 8/1/2015 in Columns

I am not Cait, but this is my story.



A Stone's Throw: Waving flags

Posted 8/1/2015 in Columns

I have said that I was not going to get involved in the issue of the Mississippi flag, but like lemmings rushing to the sea where they drown themselves, I find myself blurting out a few thoughts, although I have no wish to offend anybody.


Southern Gardening: Old-fashioned liriope is current garden staple

Posted 8/1/2015 in Columns

One of the most frequent calls I get in the summer concerns lawns and ground covers under trees, where sunlight is limited.


Being Beautiful: It's only 153 days until Christmas

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columns

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." Charles Dickens was right. Christmas melted even the heart of Ebenezer Scrooge.



A Stone's Throw: Hot wedding

Posted 7/18/2015 in Columns

Do you remember the old "society columns" in which "Little Miss Precious Plutocrat motored to Birmingham yesterday with her mother, Mrs. Pomposity Plutocrat, for a day of shopping and luncheon with her aunt and cousin, Mrs. Genuine Gotrocks and little Miss Hotcha Gotrocks."



Being Beautiful: Do you want to know my secret?

Posted 7/18/2015 in Columns

The old adage that men sweat and ladies glisten might hold true for some, but here in the South where it's hotter than blazes, folks of all kinds just sweat.


Southern Gardening: Long summer road trip displays similar flowers

Posted 7/18/2015 in Columns

A long road trip I'm currently on made me realize that our climates may be significantly different, but our plants are often very similar.


Being Beautiful: The sun will come out ...

Posted 7/11/2015 in Columns

Meet Miz Victoria Fiona, and let me tell you how we became acquainted.


Southern Gardening: Hot weather tips keep gardeners safe at work

Posted 7/11/2015 in Columns

It's pretty easy to grow plants when water is plentiful, and that's the situation much of the time in Mississippi.


Being Beautiful: Of party lines and 'progress'

Posted 7/4/2015 in Columns

I have never admired those who preach one sermon and live another, figuratively speaking, which means I try very hard not to be a hypocrite.



A Stone's Throw: First steps to liberty

Posted 7/4/2015 in Columns

Yesterday was July 4, when we as a nation commemorate the act of declaring our independence from what we perceived as oppressive government from Britain under George III.


Southern Gardening: Grateful flowers bloom after deadheading done

Posted 7/4/2015 in Columns

I'm like most home gardeners when it comes to working in and maintaining my garden and landscape.


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