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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.


A Stone's throw: A brush with celebrity

Posted 11/9/2013 in Columns

A Stone's throw: Spider, vain

Posted 10/26/2013 in Columns

A Stone's throw: Where are you, Margaret Peterson?

Posted 10/12/2013 in Columns

My children put me on Facebook, but I have not figured out how to work it yet. I fear there may be people out there who befriended me who might think ill of me because I have not answered.


A Stone's throw: Good manners

Posted 9/28/2013 in Columns

A Stone's throw: Kids do the darndest things

Posted 9/14/2013 in Columns

A Stone's throw: Time warp

Posted 8/31/2013 in Columns

A Stone's throw: Life on the mountain

Posted 8/17/2013 in Columns

A Stone's throw: 'Taint what it used to be

Posted 8/3/2013 in Columns

Right after World War II air travel took off. The war was won on the wings of aviation, and it quickly became a peacetime staple. Back in those days air travel was prestigious.


A Stone's throw: A fine faux Fourth

Posted 6/29/2013 in Columns

I am a sucker for celebrations. Whenever a holiday approaches, I start thinking, "There ought to be a way of making this a Real Occasion." So, now, here comes another Fourth of July, and I am at a loss to know how to make it special.


A Stone's throw: A tribute to my grandfather

Posted 6/15/2013 in Columns

My paternal grandparents called each other "Mr. Boyls" and "Miss Ruth," at least in public. It used to drive my mother crazy. "I just know that they must call each other by more personal names sometimes!" she fretted.


A Stone's throw: Two more thoughts

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columns


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