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A Stone's Throw: Saying goodbye to a friend

Posted 1/21/2017 in Columns

We met 59 years ago in an employee-employer relationship.


A Stone's Throw: Holiday reflections

Posted 12/10/2016 in Columns

Well, we are now in that festive season as Christmas approaches.


A Stone's Throw: 'Greatest Generation' still going

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

Tom Brokaw called the veterans of World War II "the greatest generation."


A Stone's Throw: She ain't what she used to be, but neither is it

Posted 11/13/2016 in Columns

I tried to go to a football game at Ole Miss recently; and, let me tell you, it ain't what it used to be.


A Stone's Throw: What makes me great

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

My great-granddaughter, the first one in a new generation in our family, Mackenzie Loecher, was born Oct. 17.


A Stone's Throw: Non-progressive progress

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

Not all change is progress.


A Stone's Throw: A touch of kindness

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

Having reached my present age, I have spent much of my allotted time in hospitals, even working in the laboratory of one for several years.


A Stone's Throw: 'Shared' honeymoons

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columns

Whoever said, "Old age is not for sissies" really knew whereof he spoke.


A Stone's Throw: A tale of two retailers

Posted 9/3/2016 in Columns

I do not pretend to know much about the retail business.


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.


A Stone's Throw: A serious subject

Posted 7/9/2016 in Columns

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


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!


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.


A Stone's Throw: Give them a hand

Posted 5/28/2016 in Columns

Along with my Mothers' Day gift, my daughter Nora Frances gave me a card that spelled out "I Love You" in sign language, the kind where the hand shapes the signs for letters. I knew immediately that it was not an idle choice, but one that had special meaning among our family stories.


A Stone's Throw: A subject for an illustrator

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

My friend, Barbara Yarborough, lent me a May issue of The Saturday Evening Post, because she thought it had an advertisement for a device that just might keep the deer of my neighborhood from eating my flowers.


A Stone's Throw: Got 'em married, anyway

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Remember the old newspaper "society columns?" Well, I confess I feel as if that is what I have been writing.


Betty Stone: Somehow, I'm gonna make it, I think

Posted 4/9/2016 in Columns

The thing is I've got eight grandchildren, and four of them have already or are going to get married within a little over a year. That is a lot of festivity for someone my age. Actually, it is downright stressful, but it proves not all stress is bad.


A Stone's Throw: Happy Easter!

Posted 3/26/2016 in Columns

Happy Easter! Today is the highest holy day in the Christian calendar, and we rejoice on many levels. I have been reflecting on what Easter meant to me at various stages of my life. It is probably much like yours.


A Stone's Throw: One slave's story

Posted 3/12/2016 in Columns

You may have heard this story. It is about a slave who was abducted from his natural country by slave traders when he was about 16 years old.


A Stone's Throw: A 'kinder, gentler world'

Posted 2/27/2016 in Columns

They say you know you are growing old when you find yourself saying that young people are not having fun the way you and your contemporaries did when you were young.



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