Our neighboring states are dealing with many of the same issues that Mississippi is facing.
Last week marked 206 years since Samuel Edmondson, riding "hellbent for leather," passed this way spreading a warning of death and destruction.
My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don't know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren't even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I'm very close to the sender, I'll respond in a private message, "That's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen," and then move on.
The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there.
Like a visitor who overstays his welcome, the unrelenting summer of 2019 stubbornly remains - temperatures consistently hitting the mid-90s without much relief in sight even as we approach mid-September.
As it did in 1992, the anti-Republican media is covering Trump's economy as negatively as possible while keeping a straight face.
Every generation has that seminal moment, an event that stops us in our tracks and is indelibly written into our memory. For my parents, both born in 1919, that event was Pearl Harbor. For my older siblings, it was the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
In 1879, on the road leading into Dodge City, there stood a sign. "The Carrying of Fire Arms Strictly Prohibited," it said. As recounted in the book "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America" by Adam Winkler, the gun control ordinance was the first law passed when the city was organized in 1873. Nor was Dodge unique. Many other western towns, Wichita and Tombstone among them, had similar laws.
The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations from sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein.
Aug. 27's election gave further credence to the argument that the touchscreen voting machines Mississippi uses should be mothballed.
There was a "straight pride" parade in Boston last week, maybe 50 miles from my house. I skipped it, and went out for pancakes instead. Then, I came home and did some laundry.
Thursday, Sept. 14, looks to be a fateful day in the half-century-long political career of Joe Biden. That night, a three-hour debate will be held, a marathon in politics.
Standing on the porch overlooking the small pond I see reeds on the far side lying on the surface of the water. At least I think they're reeds; I go inside and get the binoculars.
1. Ask Rufus: The Long Ride of Samuel Edmondson LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Roses and thorns: 9/15/19 ROSES & THORNS
4. Cartoonist View: 9/15/19 NATIONAL COLUMNS