Outside the kitchen window the wild cherry trees grow with leaves of red, the harbingers of fall. Our trees are freckled with green and red in a variety of shades.
Were he Catholic, chances are Jimmy Carter, who turns 96 later this week, would be destined for sainthood. Since his 1980 defeat by Ronald Reagan in his bid for a second term as president, Carter, with his wife Rosalyn, has devoted himself to humanitarian causes.
Fall has arrived and, for once, the weather around here seems to be in agreement -- cool mornings and evenings and tolerable afternoons. The older and more sedentary I become, the better I like fall, especially when the calendar and the weather are in harmony.
The well ran dry. Actually, the 40-year-old pump just quit. Sam called the well man and asked if it might be still under warranty. Of course, Sam was joking.
It is amazing how people, places and events are so interconnected.
Lee High School of Columbus was the mythical National High School Champions in football in 1936.
For a day or so, it looked as though Hurricane Sally would touch down on the Mississippi Coast. By Monday, the storm had already entered the gulf and seemed to pause there as if deciding which direction to take.
Years ago, a neighbor fashioned a loop and hook from a metal coat hanger and affixed it to our gate. The coat hanger has long since rusted. Routinely over the summer, a bag appeared attached to the hanger filled with the best tomatoes you have ever put in your mouth.
There's a killer on the loose, last seen in west Oktibbeha County. Details are few.
Recently, an article appeared in the Mississippi Business Journal recommending the State of Mississippi not adopt Medicaid expansion.
When people talk about today's political environment, the words used most often to describe it are "polarized" or "tribal."
Things have settled into some kind of normal around here. Sheltering has been going on six months now, allowing us to develop new routines. Routines that put some framework into our days but are also extremely flexible.
About a week ago, in the waning days of August, Gerry Jeffcoat gave me a watermelon he'd grown. A Congo Red, he said when asked the variety.
Lately the ghost of Hernando de Soto has popped up on Facebook. I have seen several comments about where his expedition crossed the Tombigbee River, probably on December 16, 1540.
God is getting ready to do Greater things in His people's lives. He's about to do things that we have never seen or heard before. So Get Ready To Receive Your Greater.
On Wednesday, the state's flag commission made its selection for a new state flag. With more than 3,000 flag submissions, the eight members narrowed the list to two finalists -- the Great River Flag and the Magnolia Flag, the latter designed by Rocky Vaughn of Starkville.
As a consummate reader, I find myself always going back to the great leaders to find inspiration. It was my reading of words by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other situations evolving around our nation that prompted this column.
It seemed a long time since we'd seen rain falling across the fields or raindrops dimpling the surface of the lakes. Watching the hurricanes and tropical storms develop we were hoping we might get a slow gentle rain while not causing harm anywhere else. The misting started last Tuesday.
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