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Southern Gardening: Tropical-looking plants give late summer show

Posted 8/27/2016 in Columns

I make a point every week to walk around our plant trial beds at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi to see how everything is growing.


Being Beautiful: Elvis only had blue suede shoes

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

The first one I acquired from a dusty corner of a flea market in the French Quarter of New Orleans for only a few dollars.



A Stone's Throw: Rosie the Riveter

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

We are reminded every now and then that the veterans of World War II are leaving us.


Southern Gardening: Microgreens are nutritious, grow quickly indoors

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

Since this is August, we are now officially in the dog days of summer.


Being Beautiful: Tending the garden of life, weeds and all

Posted 8/13/2016 in Columns

Why do we wrestle with who we are?


Southern Gardening: Ornamental peppers offer beautiful summer heat

Posted 8/13/2016 in Columns

In the past, I've expressed my love for chili peppers -- the hotter the better.

Southern Gardening: Succulents easily replace summer-weary plants

Posted 8/6/2016 in Columns

Because this is the first week of August, we can rest assured that it's going to be hot in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.


Being Beautiful: From Second Street to Sunset Boulevard

Posted 8/6/2016 in Columns

Joan Crawford, eat your heart out!



Being Beautiful: Dorothy was right: There's no place like home

Posted 7/30/2016 in Columns

I remember the feel of Mama's heartbeat and the creak of the rocking chair as she held me close, humming some old gospel hymn. When she held me close, I was home.


Southern Gardening: Sturdy, colorful Rudbeckias are solid landscape choices

Posted 7/30/2016 in Columns

When the summer season heats up starting in July, I really like seeing Rudbeckias in our Mississippi landscapes.


Local voices: From Mississippi to Manhattan

Posted 7/23/2016 in Columns

In the park one Sunday, I was sharing coffee and gossip with a neighbor who's a waiter in a French restaurant.



Being Beautiful: Memories of a boy and his bike

Posted 7/23/2016 in Columns

Daddy won it from an auction one Sunday televised on our big console television while Mama, my brothers, and Uncle Wayne sat around the living room cracking jokes about Jerry Lewis's hairstyle.



Being Beautiful: Can we long for someone we never knew?

Posted 7/16/2016 in Columns

I never met my grandmothers on either side of my family, yet I feel a longing for both of them.


Southern Gardening: Artemisia is a perfect option for low-maintenance landscapes

Posted 7/16/2016 in Columns

Gardeners are always looking for landscape plants that provide interest, and they primarily concentrate on the colorful flowers. But in my experience, even the most floriferous garden plant will need some help to maintain garden beauty.


Being Beautiful: My life has been a tapestry

Posted 7/9/2016 in Columns

Each person's story is a patchwork quilt of memories sewn together by time. If I had a quilt to tell my storied past, what would the squares of fabric reveal?



A Stone's Throw: A serious subject

Posted 7/9/2016 in Columns

My friend Dr. Selden Lambert has years of expertise in criminology.


Southern Gardening: Dwarf canna is go-to plant for Mississippi

Posted 7/9/2016 in Columns

Lately, I've been telling you about some of my favorite go-to plants for Mississippi gardens. The canna lily is another easy landscape plant that I think everyone should have in his or her garden.

Southern Gardening: Rare plant blooms in Poplarville

Posted 7/2/2016 in Columns

Most of the time, I write about what I think are great landscape plants for gardeners in Mississippi to try in their landscapes. But this column is a bit different as I'm writing about a plant I don't recommend for the home gardener.


Being Beautiful: Are we stronger than we believe?

Posted 7/2/2016 in Columns

Narrow daylight entered my room. Shining hours were brief." Not my words, but the lyrics of a Diana Krall song that reminds me of my darkest season.



A Stone's Throw: This one's for you, Bob

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columns

Last Saturday I went to a very special birthday party. Dr. Robert I. Gilbert, retired professor of sociology at MSCW (now Mississippi University for Women), celebrated his birthday -- number 101!



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