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Rob Hardy: 'Defiance of the Patriots'

Posted 1/4/2011 in Columns

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.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'Sleights of Mind'

Posted 1/4/2011 in Columns

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.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'The Planet in a Pebble'

Posted 1/4/2011 in Columns

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.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Changing seasons

Posted 12/27/2010 in Columns

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.

 

 

Betty Stone: What didja get for Christmas?

Posted 12/25/2010 in Columns

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.

 

 

David Creel: Believe in Santa; believe in you

Posted 12/25/2010 in Columns

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.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Posted 12/25/2010 in Columns

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.

 

Ask Rufus: A December barbecue, 470 years ago

Posted 12/18/2010 in Columns

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.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Keeping promises

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columns

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.

 

 

The beginnings of  Columbus Air Force Base

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

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.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Lighting fires

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

For a while it seemed that the entire country of Israel was on fire. The heart of the Holy Land appeared to be turning into a wasteland of burnt bushes and ash. As I write this, things are looking up a bit. The blaze has been controlled.

 

 

Columbus author wins top MLA award

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

Author Deborah Johnson has been awarded the 2010 Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction for her novel "The Air Between Us" (Harper Collins). The debut work, set in the fictional town of Revere, Miss., in 1966, looks at how the murder of a white man ripples through a town already struggling with integration.

 

 

Betty Stone: Meet Scrooge

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

The funniest Christmas story I ever read appeared years ago in one of the women's magazines; I forget which. Will Stanton was the author.

 

 

David Creel: Decorate 'you' for the holidays!

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

If you know me, then you know that I love glitter! Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, anything that shines, sparkles or shimmers has made my heart beat faster.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Christmas wishes

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columns

Columbus certainly appears to be wrapped in the spirit of the season. It seems that yards are decorated a bit earlier this year. Chris and I got our tree up only a few days after Thanksgiving. This is my goal every year, but not always my reality.

 

 

David Creel: Paint the town red for the holidays

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columns

I dragged out the Christmas lights this weekend and began unraveling the many tangled cords of festive little bulbs of colored joy. It took some time as I sat thinking near boxes of last year's decorations, nutcrackers from my childhood, Christopher Radko snow globes bundled up cozily in bubble wrap, and ornaments galore.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Punch

Posted 11/29/2010 in Columns

I am a strict and fervent teetotaler, so I might be the wrong person to review "Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl" (Perigee) by David Wondrich.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'Just My Type'

Posted 11/29/2010 in Columns

You are looking at it right now, and if it is doing its job, you don't even notice it. It might represent a creation that has taken centuries to come to its current state of perfection, or it might be something that a dedicated specialist worked on for years and brought out a decade ago. It represents artistry directed within a circumscribed realm.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Shooting stars

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

Last week, a man in Black Earth, Wisconsin, was arrested for shooting his television set. Apparently he was unhappy with the outcome of the latest episode of "Dancing With The Stars." It seems that he had an issue with Bristol Palin's performance. That moment of "appliance-cide" led to a 14-hour standoff.

 

 

Jeff Wilson: Fall is for planting!

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

On Saturdays in the fall, many of us enjoy working in our gardens, in addition to cheering on our favorite team. As the temperatures continue to drop and the rains become more frequent, fall gardening gets exciting.

 

 

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