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A Stone's Throw: Can an unreconstructed Yankee find happiness in the South?

Posted 10/25/2014 in Columns

When Trudy Gildea had barely moved to Columbus from New York State, she went uptown to Alford's Drug Store, bought a copy of The New York Times, took it home and began combing the want ads for jobs in New York.

 

A Stone's Throw: A beautiful garden

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columns

When people drive by Lola Atkins's house in Columbus, they usually slow down.

 

A Stone's Throw: School dazed

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

Seeing students going back to school got me to thinking. If we have done nothing else, my family has covered a lot of territory.

 

A Stone's Throw: Blasted ambitions

Posted 8/30/2014 in Columns

My mother went to Mississippi State College for Women. So did I. Throughout my youth and childhood I heard about the Junior-Freshman Wedding at the college.

 

A Stone's Throw: Look who's written a book

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

A fortunate modern development is the option of several different means to have one's book published, if, as I suspect, there is at least one book in each of us.

 

A Stone's throw: About grandfathers, part II

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

A Stone's throw: About grandfathers

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columns

Recently I got a phone call from my niece Mary Louise, who lives in Florida. Since her only child, Elizabeth, has never had a chance to meet many of her family members, she asked that I write for her daughter's 16th birthday something about her family.

 

A Stone's throw: In history's footsteps

Posted 7/5/2014 in Columns

I have been away for a while, and I have to say coming home in time for the recent Fourth of July takes on special meaning.

 

A Stone's throw: Graduations

Posted 5/31/2014 in Columns

There may never be in my life a time when I set any kind of record; but, if there were, it would probably be last week.

 

A Stone's throw: Random memories

Posted 5/24/2014 in Columns

When my family moved to Columbus shortly before World War II, we rented a little house on Second Avenue North, before we could build one. We lived there two years, then moved to the house I lived in until I married.

 

A Stone's throw: One of those days

Posted 4/26/2014 in Columns

It was one of those days. I am told everybody has them.

 

A Stone's throw: Highland games

Posted 4/12/2014 in Columns

Once upon a time I attended some Highland games in Scotland.

 

A Stone's throw: Marchers

Posted 3/29/2014 in Columns

March is that month that is supposed to come in like a lion, but go out like a lamb. Yet as I sit writing this while the end of the month approaches, I imagine what I am seeing is more like a disgruntled, soggy lion, slogging around in the rain puddles, head hanging low, mane dripping.

 

105 and going strong

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columns

I drove to Starkville to interview Elizabeth Gwin, who is a vital 105 years old.

 

A Stone's throw: Off to the ASF

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columns

As I closed my overnight case and took it to the car, I kept thinking to myself, "This should be interesting, but I really cannot think there could be anything entertaining about the Mississippi River flood of 1927."

 

A Stone's throw: Sparkle gone

Posted 2/15/2014 in Columns

Some of the sparkle went out of the world this past week with the death of Sylvia Higginbotham.

 

A Stone's throw: Eighty-eight times eight

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columns

It is a shame that I cannot write about something that I have done before I do it, so that if it is good, I can recommend it to readers. I do not get to go to sneak previews very often, however; I just have to write after the fact.

 

A Stone's throw: I found Margaret

Posted 1/25/2014 in Columns

I found Margaret Peterson. Well, I did not find her myself, but I have a reader who did! I wrote a column several weeks ago, before the Christmas holidays, remembering a long-lost childhood playmate and just wondering whatever had become of her. I had no realistic hope of ever finding out.

 

A Stone's throw: After the holidays

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columns

The tumult and the shouting have died. The three kings have departed. The holidays are over. Even epiphany. And I am let down.

 

A Stone's throw: Thanksgiving freebie

Posted 11/23/2013 in Columns

My sister's mother-in-law was Louise Whiting, who was for years the oldest newspaper woman in Georgia, probably in terms of both age and tenure.

 

 

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