A well-worn adage in education circles is that children must learn to read in grades one-three because afterward they must read to learn.
On occasion, while teaching a class of adults, I would arrive with colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue, sparkles and assorted craft supplies. It was playtime.
Lately I have been enjoying taking photographs of hummingbirds and butterflies at the butterfly garden on the Riverwalk.
This is not a new theme for me, so let me reiterate a core belief.
Mississippi's access laws were designed as a sword for citizens seeking truth, but can become into a shield in the hands of reluctant public officials.
Karen and I went to Rosenzweig arts Center Thursday night for the opening of Frances Hairston's watercolor exhibit "Prairie Images: The Way I See It."
It seems like if you were going to be a friend to anyone, you'd be a friend of the library. Libraries are the most magical places where, on any given day, you could stroll right pass Mother Goose, alive and in person. The only other place something like that could happen would be maybe Disney World, or the downtown post office.
Oktibbeha County is struggling over relocating E911 and balancing their mandate to provide the new Starkville Consolidated School District enough space to house their expanded administrative services.
Average age: 40. Average time in law enforcement: 12 years, 10 months. Those stats describe the 82 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year.
I was sitting on my back porch Saturday morning catching up on my Facebook feed when I thought, "Who is this Ashley woman from Madison and why is everybody so concerned about her?"
Nighttime temperatures fell into the 60s, creating perfect conditions for nighttime walks.
Columbus will never be the same again.
Here in the South hand-painted signs are among our most irresistible roadside attractions. The best of them exert a Siren-song pull on innocent motorists. Take for example the clutch of signs at the intersection of Highway 50 and Lone Oak Road just west of West Point.
Recently the Starkville Board of Aldermen agenda included a proposal from none other than Alderman Lisa Wynn to severely restrict the citizens' ability to exercise free speech during board meetings.
The civic club speech ended, the applause faded. Members formed a line to shake the speaker's hand, assure her how much they appreciated her words. She was inspiring. She was awesome. Everyone hoped she'd come back soon.
It was early morning when they left, almost daybreak. The duo would see a lot of sunrises before I'd see the guys again.
Columbus High School graduate and current Mississippi State University engineering student Hagan Walker spent the summer as an intern at electric car maker Tesla.
Most of you know him as Mr. Henry Weiss, you know, the man over at Columbus Scrap Material. In the past few weeks Mr. Henry has been getting accolades in this paper for his years of service in his business and of course, all he has done for the city of Columbus.
Trusting our elected officials is extremely hard to do under any circumstances these days, but usually you have a better feel and sense of reliance on your elected neighbors with whom you share the daily common experience of living in a small Southern town.
Politics: Where are we? It taxes the memory to recall when the political landscape looked so unfamiliar.
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