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Possumhaw: Things that matter

Posted 7/18/2016 in Local Columns

Just inside the door of the Missionary Baptist Church I saw a white man to the far left, so I turned right. I didn't want us to "clump up," so I asked a beautiful young woman with long eyelashes if anyone was sitting next to her.

 

Possumhaw: Dunnarts, bandicoots and wombats

Posted 7/11/2016 in Local Columns

Signs pointed to raccoons having returned to the Prairie house. There was the day a small, empty, well-washed plastic container of crab salad had been lifted from the recycle bin and left on the porch under an Adirondack chair. Disappointing for sure for the raccoon.

 

Shannon Bardwell: May God bless America

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

"It was the song of an immigrant boy made good." Mary Ellin Berlin Barrett, daughter of Irving Berlin

 

Possumhaw: The clock is ticking

Posted 6/27/2016 in Local Columns

Kathleen Norris recounts her introduction to computers in the 1970s in David Steindl-Rast and Sharon Lebell's "Music of Silence." Computers were a marvel, and she was thrilled her work time was reduced remarkably.

 

Possumhaw: A hard truth

Posted 6/20/2016 in Local Columns

Early in the morning I sat at the window watching the two surviving ducks forage at the lake's edge.

 

Possumhaw: Perfectly imperfect

Posted 6/13/2016 in Local Columns

I've discovered that in certain situations I have a tendency to hedge on the truth, and I hate that. I signed up for the Lifeline medical testing held at the Presbyterian church on Bluecutt Road in Columbus.

 

Bardwell: Just a numbers game

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

The green heron stood on the dock with its two short twig-like yellow legs. Usually the screen door opens and he takes flight immediately.

 

Possumhaw: Superman has left the building

Posted 5/31/2016 in Local Columns

Sam and I went to see Prairie neighbors Nick and Eleanor Hairston's granddaughter Reed's school musical where she belted out the "Hero" song. I've been thinking about that song ever since.

 

Possumhaw: You could be sugar-addicted if ...

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

The doctor warned our cholesterol levels were rising, not dangerously so, but rising. No medicines were required, but paying closer attention to our eating habits was advised.

 

Possumhaw: Toxins of spring, prepare and beware

Posted 5/16/2016 in Local Columns

'Tis the season for creeping vines waiting to bring forth untold misery to the gentle gardener.

 

Possumhaw: Why are you so happy?

Posted 5/9/2016 in Local Columns

Robin handed me the book "The Happiness Project," and like a moth to a flame I was drawn to the subtitle, "Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun." The book is by Gretchen Rubin.

 

Possumhaw: Joy of the roadsides

Posted 5/2/2016 in Local Columns

Driving west over the Tombigbee Bridge and exiting north onto Plymouth Access Road leads to a trail of wildflowers not to be believed.

 

Possumhaw: She looked back

Posted 4/25/2016 in Local Columns

Sam power-washed the back porch along with the Adirondack chairs. I beat the rugs and fluffed the cushions.

 

Possumhaw: Computer woes

Posted 4/18/2016 in Local Columns

The email was sent. It read, "I'm upgrading my computer to Windows 10. If you don't hear from me, you'll know I was unsuccessful."

 

Possumhaw: Bioluminescence

Posted 4/11/2016 in Local Columns

Our prairie grass grew tall, until Sam retrieved his 1994 Dixon lawnmower from the shed. All across the Prairie lawnmowers and tractors with bush hogs came to life.

 

Possumhaw: Sunday afternoon at the spillway

Posted 4/4/2016 in Local Columns

Looking across the Tenn-Tom Waterway from the West Bank, we saw young men playing basketball. Farther down a small boy twirled a smaller girl on a swing. Sam and I reminisced about when we'd twirl ourselves dizzy and tumble to the ground while everyone fell out laughing.

 

Possumhaw: When less is more

Posted 3/28/2016 in Local Columns

Possumhaw: Sure signs of spring

Posted 3/21/2016 in Local Columns

The carpenter bees are out, as are the bee traps. Already we've captured a half-a-dozen or so bees. The kittens are mesmerized, watching bees buzz around, tumbling on top of each other.

 

Possumhaw: The art of spring cleaning

Posted 3/14/2016 in Local Columns

I'm still taken with the Tiny House concept and author Dee Williams who listed all her personal belongings on one yellow legal-size sheet of paper.

 

Possumhaw: From one birder to another

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

"Migratory birds will start coming this month," he said. "Last year I fed four pairs of rose-breasted grosbeaks."

 

 

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