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Partial to Home: A boon and gentle tonic

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

Advice, insight and inspiration from a variety of sources.


Partial to Home: After a half century in the North, home

Posted 3/14/2020 in Local Columns

It was one of those glad-you-are-alive-and-out-in-the-world Saturday afternoons -- sunny, bright, crisp and clear -- and I was sitting in the three-sided shed that is the in-house dining facility of Brother's Keeper Barbecue.


Partial to Home: Beauty and sadness as Louisiana dissolves into the sea

Posted 2/29/2020 in Local Columns

Ben Depp is a New Orleans-based freelance photographer with a fixation on Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.


Partial to Home: Life lessons from Uncle Bunky

Posted 2/15/2020 in Local Columns

You put a message in a bottle and toss it out to sea hoping the right beachcomber happens by.


Partial to Home: A crazy animal for Paul Thorn

Posted 2/8/2020 in Local Columns

Chances are if you've paid any attention to the music scene in these parts, you know the name Paul Thorn.


Partial to Home: Tennessee Williams comes to visit

Posted 1/25/2020 in Local Columns

On the front page of the May 9, 1952, edition of this newspaper, a page that has stripped across the bottom: "Week's best slogan: We'll get more done if we work together," is a story about Tennessee Williams' visit to Columbus. This was the playwright's first time back in his birthplace, according to the article, since he was 3 years old.


Birney Imes: Oak Slush Creek revisited

Posted 1/18/2020 in Local Columns

While battling a case of cabin fever on a cold, rainy afternoon the Sunday before Christmas, I sent Craig Hill a text asking if he wanted to go paddling. We'd had a lot of rain and the river was high.


Partial to Home: Mission Mississippi

Posted 1/11/2020 in Local Columns

It is not every day you drive down Seventh Avenue North in Columbus -- a timeworn neighborhood made more so by a tornado 10 months ago -- and see young Amish women in calico skirts toting power tools through red clay mud.


Partial to Home: Josh Frady: Restoring dreams

Posted 12/21/2019 in Local Columns

On a July day in 1966, MSU student and future Oktibbeha sheriff Dolph Bryan walked into the Starkville Ford dealership with the intention of buying a new car. As it happened, a salesman was sitting in the car Bryan would buy. He was reading a newspaper.


Partial to Home: A picnic of acorns and apples

Posted 12/14/2019 in Local Columns

Chances are if you ever took an art appreciation course you encountered Édouard Manet's "Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe" ("The Luncheon on the Grass"). In this large canvas -- now acknowledged as a masterpiece but considered scandalous at the time -- the French Impressionist portrayed two men and two women picnicking in an idyllic wooded setting.


Partial to Home: Miracle in New Hope

Posted 12/1/2019 in Local Columns

Monday afternoon Bill Cole sat on a barstool in the empty bay of a metal building that houses Dixie Towing, the New Hope business he has owned and operated for 30 years and looked out across the road. Cole was wearing pressed jeans, cowboy boots and a black long-sleeved shirt. His swept-back white hair gives him the look of a country music star -- think Charlie Rich.


Partial to Home: How Elvis bought Graceland

Posted 11/2/2019 in Local Columns

This past Sunday Ed Rice, Bobby Manning and I were headed north on Wolf Road when Bobby for no apparent reason launched into a narrative about his family history.


Partial to Home: Catfish ponds, cotton fields ... and a coffee house?

Posted 10/27/2019 in Local Columns

Try to hold these two images in your mind. A young Mennonite man who spends workdays with his father, Michael, installing and adjusting control panels for aerators in catfish ponds in Noxubee County.


Partial to Home: Perfection as a business model

Posted 10/19/2019 in Local Columns

By the time he had worked five years in a local manufacturing plant Tony Parson knew he wanted out. But there was the usual ballast of house payments, health insurance, groceries, children, more insurance. He would endure the plant for 17 more years, until 2006.


Partial to Home: Squalid indifference

Posted 10/5/2019 in Local Columns

Partial to Home: An afternoon on the banks of the Ohio

Posted 9/29/2019 in Local Columns

When someone, who knows you well, gives you a list of sites to visit in and around his hometown and one of them is a place called Rabbit Hash, chances are, if you have the time and any curiosity, you're going to give it a look.


Partial to Home: Simply messing around in books about boats and rivers

Posted 9/21/2019 in Local Columns

Awhile back I included in an emailed invitation to a friend to go paddling on the Columbus Lake near the lock and dam a quote from Kenneth Grahame's classic "The Wind in the Willows."


Partial to Home: The hushpuppy debate

Posted 9/7/2019 in Local Columns

Just after 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon HD Taylor pushed through our back gate. He was carrying a small cooler of catfish strips and a 14-inch cast-iron skillet.


Partial to Home: Cemetery alive with avian activity

Posted 8/31/2019 in Local Columns

When I phoned Paul Mack to finalize plans to go with him on one of his bird walks in Friendship Cemetery, he asked if I had a set of binoculars.


Partial to Home: In the fullness of August

Posted 8/17/2019 in Local Columns

If you are driving down Jemison Mill Road near Steens and happen see three abandoned kittens emerge from a hollow tree like a scene from a fairy tale and you turn around for a second look, you might as well clear off the front seat to make way for additional passengers.



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