Marv Ashman and his wife Betsy live in Petaluma, California. Marv reads Possumhaw and occasionally sends a comment, or occasionally a tale of his own. Turns out Marv worked for an optical dispensary for 33 years where, like Sam, Marv acquired more than a few optical stories. In Marv's early days, he attended an optical school, only to be told perhaps his talents lay elsewhere. They, of course, were wrong.
You wouldn't consider any of them political activists, necessarily, but a handful of Southside residents may have the best idea yet on how to address the flag issue. They are flying in front of their homes the historic Magnolia Flag, the banner that was once the state flag.
The heritage of the Air Force in the Golden Triangle runs deep.
Until this year, no one since 1907 had dared put together an encyclopedia of Mississippi.
The video of Columbus Police Department officer Keith Dowd berating and intimidating 20-year-old Joshua Hibbler during a routine traffic stop last month has been met with universal condemnation. The repercussions should go far beyond the fate of that single officer.
Summer was a happy time in the Mississippi Delta for 12-year-old Simeon Wright. It only became happier when Wright and his brothers were told a cousin, Bobo, would be visiting from Chicago.
Wilhelmina stood at the door on her hind legs looking wistfully through the glass.
Mississippi is a small state where people are closely connected. I got to know Bo Eaton because my wife Ginny "used to rock me to sleep" as his babysitter in Taylorsville, Miss.
In the city of Berlin south of the Brandenburg Gate and several blocks west of Checkpoint Charlie, there is a museum called "Topography of Terror."
As Hurricane Irma tracked across the Caribbean last week, we got frequent updates of where it was and where landfall might be.
Medical experts tell us that one of the most important steps in conquering a disease is to isolate it. But there is one disease that is only made more lethal in isolation.
Pretty much near every month for some 30 years I sat in a rickety chair at a handmade table, kicked the table leg back for stability and shared a meal with John Robert Arnold, as did many in the Sessums community.
One of the earliest styles of architecture in the south and the style of the some of the oldest surviving houses in Columbus is the raised cottage.
There are many things Frank Dowsing was and one thing he is not.
In April, I predicted a cool summer because winter had been so warm. Law of averages. Turns out, I was right.
It's been more than two years since Dylann Roof murdered nine church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina, an act of domestic terrorism that immediately focused attention on the Confederate symbols Roof closely identified with.
Last week I stood outside the Lowndes County Courthouse with about 100 people waiting for the cosmic phenomenon, the solar eclipse.
People opposed to changing Mississippi's flag are standing on at least five false premises.
In May 2014, James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, visited Columbus. Fallows and his wife, Deborah, also a correspondent for The Atlantic, were touring the country in their single-engine airplane.
I grew up claiming the Black Prairie as home. Named after its rich black or charcoal colored soil the Black Prairie stretches in a crescent shape from northeast Mississippi to south west Alabama.
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