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Being Beautiful: The price of education and the cost of not learning

Posted 10/21/2017 in Columns

Being Beautiful: How are you today? I really want to know ...

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

We need more simple acts of random kindness.


Being Beautiful: With liberty and justice for all

Posted 10/7/2017 in Columns

I was taught first by my daddy, a proud veteran, then by my elementary school teachers that the flag is a symbol of everything American and should be treated as such.


Being Beautiful: Tales of Ferris wheels, funnel cakes and first cousins

Posted 9/30/2017 in Columns

The fair is coming to town!


Being Beautiful: Tethering hot air balloons, loosely

Posted 9/23/2017 in Columns

There has always been more than little bit of Peter Pan in me.


Being Beautiful: To persist or to aggravate?

Posted 9/16/2017 in Columns

Southerners know it all too well, the lush green vine that coils, winds and climbs over everything in its path from trees to houses -- kudzu.


Being Beautiful: Heaven must surely have a special place for dogs

Posted 9/9/2017 in Columns

All dogs go to Heaven, and you will never convince me otherwise.


Being Beautiful: Walking a mile in someone else's shoes

Posted 9/2/2017 in Columns

The peacock rests in shards of broken glass.


Being Beautiful: Turn up the radio and turn down Memory Lane

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

What has the magic power to transport us through space and time back to a moment, whether happy or sad?


Being Beautiful: My fountain of youth has run dry

Posted 8/12/2017 in Columns

Mark Twain might have said it best: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Well, Mark, lately it's beginning to matter.


Being Beautiful: Homes are where the heart is

Posted 8/5/2017 in Columns

I have always heard you can never go home again. Well, that's simply not true, although I do understand the more subtle meaning.


Being Beautiful: The past is never dead -- it isn't even past

Posted 7/29/2017 in Columns

When I was a little boy, Mama told me stories of sights and wonders she had seen. Still today, those stories flood my mind with curiosity and fascination, normal meeting paranormal.


Being Beautiful: Remembering screen doors left unlatched

Posted 7/22/2017 in Columns

It's hot as Hades in Mississippi, and that's even in the shade with a pitcher of ice cold lemonade.


Being Beautiful: Where have all the dragons gone?

Posted 7/15/2017 in Columns

It's hard to argue with a fire-breathing dragon.


Being Beautiful: Equal parts sugar and patience, a winning recipe

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

Summer and homemade ice cream seem to go perfectly together.


Being Beautiful: Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now

Posted 7/1/2017 in Columns

I awoke this morning to the unmistakable aroma of sausage frying. To my surprise and great delight, there were also biscuits rising in the oven.


Being Beautiful: Roll over, Beethoven

Posted 6/24/2017 in Columns

There are not many things that stir the soul quite like hearing the one you love play familiar gospel hymns on his new (well, actually used and very old) baby grand piano.


Being Beautiful: Getting lost and getting found through friendship

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columns

I have always heard that friends are the family you choose. Virginia Woolf said it best: "Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends."


Being Beautiful: Even mama's boys should remember dad now and then

Posted 6/10/2017 in Columns

Most folks who know me would declare I am always five or ten minutes late.


Being Beautiful: All dolled up and everywhere to go

Posted 6/3/2017 in Columns

If you squinch your eyes just a little, open your imagination as far as it will go, and add a sprinkle of pixie dust if you have it handy, it's not that hard to make them "real."



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