"I tell you, I believed in Santa Claus a lot longer than I should have," said Wyatt Waters, with the disarming grin he wears as easily as a familiar jacket. Quiet-spoken and approachable, the celebrated Mississippi artist talked about "Christmas Memories from Mississippi," a new collection of holiday essays, during a visit to The Book Mart in Starkville Dec. 10.
Everyone knows about the current Tea Party and its influence on our politics. Whether it will still be in play 20 years from now will have to be seen, but far more certain is that the original Boston Tea Party of 1773 will continue to be influential.
It is hard not to pay attention to optical illusions, and wonder how can it be that one line is not really longer than the other or one circle is not really darker than the other or all the other varieties that tell us our eyes lie to us.
You pick up a rock and it's just a rock. Jan Zalasiewicz picks up a rock and sees a history of the whole Earth. That's because Zalasiewicz is a geologist, so rocks have more meaning to him than they do to most of us.
Beginning in 2011, the Mississippi Theatre Association will award a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior who plans to pursue a theatre-related major at a Mississippi college or university.
I was thinking about the new year and how inevitably there will be changes. Sam is reading "The Shack." He shared the part where Mack goes to a broken-down dilapidated shack in wintertime; in 30 seconds the shack transforms into a nice cabin, and it's springtime.
During the weekend of Dec. 18-20, The Salvation Army was able to help a record number of people with food, toys and gifts.
By now Santa Claus must surely be back at the North Pole, utterly exhausted after his whirlwind trip through all those time and temperature zones on his annual marathon journey. Actually, a mere marathon pales by comparison.
Bob Damm remembers how it started. He was a fourth-grader, in Quincy, Ill., attending a recital by high school students with his dad. Everybody was playing a different instrument, but it was the snare drum solo that cast the spell.
They may hail from universities that have elevated football rivalry to an art form, but Bob Damm and Ricky Burkhead have been kindred spirits for a long time.
Very few 4-year-old girls have a designer bracelet named after them. But, few little girls are exactly like Waverly Glenn of Columbus.
It's the season for believing -- in Santa Claus, in miracles and in the magic of all that the holidays deliver. Ten years ago, a guy from a small town armed only with the passion to follow a dream and a few bobby pins arrived on the scene in Jackson, and it has been a rollercoaster ride from day one.
They say when one door closes, another one opens. Sometimes it's a window that opens. The portal does not matter. The meaning is the same.
No sooner is the tattered wrapping paper of Christmas Day on its way to the trash bin than plans are underway for New Year's Eve. Presenting sponsor Stark Aerospace and Main Street Columbus hope everyone will be "Having a Ball Downtown" at the third annual New Year's Eve Block Party in Columbus.
The native American pig had become extinct at the end of the last Ice Age probably about 10,000 years ago. It was Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto who reintroduced what is now Alabama and Mississippi to pork.
Stepping into the spa, I felt the stresses and strains of Prairie life drain from my shoulders. I recognized the sounds of Pachelbel's Canon and knew I had found a home. The overstuffed couch wrapped its comforting arms around me like a long-lost mother. The receptionist said they'd be with me in a minute. For a rare moment, waiting was a pleasure.
Some things are just easier with four hands than two. Making baklava is one of them. It's become a Christmas tradition for Vicky and Jimmie D. "Tuffy" Bourland, who live in northern Lowndes County.
It was in the early 1930s that community leaders in the Columbus area began pursuing an air base. Capt. Sam Kaye, Herman Owen and T C Billups were among the first to promote an air base or airport to be located at Columbus. Billups helped secure the full support of his old college friend, Congressman John Rankin, but that initial effort was unsuccessful.
"A piece of wood doesn't stand a chance around our house -- we're either gonna carve it or cook with it," chuckles Mike Bailey.
Amahl, a young crippled boy, has a vivid imagination and a habit of telling stories. So, when he tells his mother of a star like no other he has ever seen, she doesn't believe him.