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A Stone's Throw: Look who's written a book

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

A fortunate modern development is the option of several different means to have one's book published, if, as I suspect, there is at least one book in each of us.

 

Southern Gardening: Home gardeners can grow microgreens

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

Some of the garden vegetables I miss in the summer are leafy greens.

 

Being Beautiful: Teen Choice Awards rolls out the blue carpet

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

It has been a very long time since I was a teenager, but I got totally into the 2014 Teen Choice Awards last weekend.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Sugar and spice

Posted 8/11/2014 in Columns

We Southerners love things that are sweet. We can whip up a dessert out of almost anything in the world: fruits, vegetables, even stale bread -- all may end up in concoctions worthy of being served on Mount Olympus.

 

Southern Gardening: Caladiums stand out in landscapes, containers

Posted 8/9/2014 in Columns

Colorful caladiums at a popular theme park fascinated me on a recent trip to Florida. They were everywhere I looked.

 

Being Beautiful: What do students learn while teachers teach?

Posted 8/9/2014 in Columns

I hold such a tender spot in my heart for teachers.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Contemporary plagues

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

These days we have much to worry about. Climate change, the economy and whether or not aliens will be accepted into heaven (the ones from outer space, not the ones from south of our border) are a few troubles on our lists that are sure to produce anxiety.

 

 

Being Beautiful: If it's good enough for Cameron Diaz ...

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

Perhaps it was to quiet a rambunctious little boy, but one of my dearest memories is when Mama would open up a stick of Juicy Fruit gum and hand it to me -- along with her purse.

 

 

A Stone's throw: About grandfathers, part II

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

 

 

Southern Gardening: Daylilies are excellent landscape performers

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

If you are looking for an easy landscape plant that is guaranteed to please, the daylily is the plant for you.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Experiencing trendy fashions, DC-Style

Posted 7/26/2014 in Columns

 

Southern Gardening: Elephant ears can add to garden color, texture

Posted 7/26/2014 in Columns

Plants with tropical textures seem to attract the most interest in any landscape. Elephant ears just scream for attention wherever they grow. Most gardeners I know love elephant ears because they are easy-to-grow tropical plants that make a big impact.

 

Adele Elliott: Suffer the children

Posted 7/26/2014 in Columns

In the Golden Triangle we wear our Christianity like a cloak -- a very shiny cloak -- a cloak wired with blinky lights and flashes of lightning. Yes, we are enormously proud of our tenets. What would Jesus do? Well, no one really knows what he would do today.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Knowing the right questions to ask your hairstylist

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columns

Right after hello, the first thing I ask of all new salon guests is to indulge me in a few basic questions to help me get better acquainted with their hair.

 

 

A Stone's throw: About grandfathers

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columns

Recently I got a phone call from my niece Mary Louise, who lives in Florida. Since her only child, Elizabeth, has never had a chance to meet many of her family members, she asked that I write for her daughter's 16th birthday something about her family.

 

 

Adele Elliott: History and myth

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columns

I am a product of public education, which means, well, not much I fear. My generation was taught to learn by rote, possibly the most boring and least effective method of instruction ever used. Like most students of my era, I remember very little.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Urban renewal

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columns

According to Robert Frost, "Good fences make good neighbors." To that I might add -- only sometimes and with some neighbors.

 

 

Local Landscapes: Mid-summer tomato blues

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columns

Growing your own food, especially tomatoes, is a very rewarding experience. It does not come without the usual headaches, however. Producing a perfect red tomato is not as easy as many people think.

 

Southern Gardening: Ornamental sweet potato vines make carpet of color

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columns

When it's hot in the summer months like it has been lately, I always look for low-maintenance plants that carry the color load. I imagine I'm not alone.

 

Being Beautiful: The ponytail is no one-trick-pony

Posted 7/5/2014 in Columns

The ponytail is the default hairstyle for most Southern gals, especially in the summer when everything is wilting.

 

 

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