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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!



Being Beautiful: Dirt roads are just as exciting as yellow brick roads

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columns

One thing that doesn't change much is a dirt road.


Southern Gardening: Mississippi gardens excel with hibiscus

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columns

Hibiscus has to be one of the best groups of plants you can have in your garden and landscape. Here's several reasons why.

Southern Gardening: Ornamental sweet potatoes are low-maintenance choice

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columns

The Old Farmer's Almanac says the official start of summer is June 20 at 6:34 p.m., but after this past weekend, I'm convinced we're already into summer.


Being Beautiful: A Tale of Two Rivers: Mississippi to Rio Grande

Posted 6/11/2016 in Columns

"It's Colorado rocky mountain high. I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky." I have heard this lyric by the late John Denver all my life, but recently it has come to mean a great deal more to me.



A Stone's Throw: The short story

Posted 6/11/2016 in Columns

SOS! I really think I need something to save me from an unexpected problem.



Being Beautiful: Time stands still, then passes us by

Posted 6/4/2016 in Columns

I remember sitting for hours turning the white knobs left, then right, on that little red square from my toy box.



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