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Ask Rufus: Horned serpents, a portal and a witch

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Next Friday there will be a Chickasaw Indian Heritage Festival in Tupelo. That event provides the perfect backdrop for an interesting ancient Chickasaw legend. It is the legend of Tibbee Lake, which is between Columbus and West Point.


Ask Rufus: The art of history

Posted 10/15/2016 in Local Columns

I recently bought a painting by Josh Meador from a Nevada art dealer. It arrived today and got me thinking about how history and art are intertwined.


Ask Rufus: An elegant sufficiency

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

I recall from my childhood an elderly cousin, Dr. William Richards. After a good meal he would often look up and announce that he had had an "elegant sufficiency."


Ask Rufus: Columbus and Mississippi's Bicentennial

Posted 10/1/2016 in Local Columns

Today, the Bicentennial of Mississippi kicks off here in Columbus but another bicentennial is also fast approaching -- that of the founding of Columbus.


Ask Rufus: In 1819 this was Columbus, Alabama

Posted 9/24/2016 in Local Columns

In a week the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration will kick off in Columbus.


Ask Rufus: Intruders in the Chickasaw Nation

Posted 9/17/2016 in Local Columns

It's interesting how projects and research often end up overlapping.


Ask Rufus: Horse Hunter

Posted 9/10/2016 in Local Columns

In Noxubee County, east of Brooksville, flows Horse Hunters Creek.


Ask Rufus: The blues heritage of the Black Prairie

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

The old Black Prairie of Mississippi and Alabama, named after its fertile soil, has deep roots in the history of blues music.


Ask Rufus: Aberdeen is burning

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

On Monday March 20, 1882, Columbus Mayor C.E. Dancy received a telegram of distress from the mayor of Aberdeen.


Ask Rufus: Walt Disney's artist friend

Posted 8/6/2016 in Local Columns

Recently I bought a painting by Oscar-winning Columbus native Josh Meador.


Ask Rufus: Looping The Island

Posted 7/30/2016 in Local Columns

Late one recent afternoon, Karen and I joined Stuart and Kallie Phillips on their boat to make a loop around The Island across from Columbus.


Ask Rufus: A sister for the Little Sisters of Liberty

Posted 7/23/2016 in Local Columns

In 1950, the Boy Scouts of America instituted a project called Crusade to Strengthen the Arm of Liberty, which aimed to place replicas of the Statue of Liberty across the country.


Ask Rufus: 'A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse'

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes the stories behind stories can be more interesting than the story itself. Such is the case with the children's nursery rhyme/song "Frog Went A-Courtin." My story of the song begins in the middle.


Ask Rufus: Bottle trees, silver coins and fly-speck blue

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Our culture abounds in folk beliefs whose physical presence survive even after their meanings have been forgotten. Things we use for decoration or wear as jewelry often have their roots in olden beliefs in magic and evil spirits.


Ask Rufus: Celebrating the Fourth

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

When we think of the Fourth of July, all too many people think of a holiday with family gatherings, fireworks and backyard barbecues. Somehow over the years we have lost much of the sense of gratitude for our country's forefathers, what they accomplished and the timeless documents they created.


Ask Rufus: The origin of 'Mississippi'

Posted 6/25/2016 in Local Columns

With Mississippi celebrating its bicentennial next year, it's interesting to look at the origin of the word "Mississippi."


Ask Rufus: Ancient villages, ancient plants

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

The Chickasaw Nation has returned to the Golden Triangle area.


Ask Rufus: The separation of church and state's deep roots in Mississippi

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Prayer in schools, prayer at public events and the public display of religious scenes all too often seem under attack by the courts. The courts base their rulings on more than 200 years of legal precedents that there must be a separation -- a wall -- between church and state.


Ask Rufus: 197 years of hotel history

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's announced plans for a Columbus children's museum in the old Elks Club Building and the city's demolition of the Gilmer Inn focuses attention on one of Columbus' most historic city blocks.


Ask Rufus: Down the Tombigbee

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

The three of us had started school together at Demonstration School more years ago than we would care to admit. This was a journey we had always wanted to make.



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