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Slimantics: Don't let Hallmark ruin your Christmas

Posted 11/25/2020 in Local Columns

The subject for today is the Christmas movie or, more specifically, the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.

Andrew Colom: The small town, big city divide

Posted 11/25/2020 in Local Columns

This is my second letter from Detroit to my hometown. In the first, I emphasized the importance of local media and to follow through on that suggestion I am seeking to write more to my local paper, The Commercial Dispatch.

Possumhaw: Let's talk turkey

Posted 11/24/2020 in Local Columns

This Thanksgiving will probably be different for most of us as some people will be able to gather with family and some will not.

Namaste: Aspects of human emotion

Posted 11/24/2020 in Local Columns

Am I too emotional, or am I emotionless?

Ask Rufus: The First Thanksgiving?

Posted 11/22/2020 in Local Columns

Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with history, tradition and food.

Partial to Home: Winter light

Posted 11/21/2020 in Local Columns

It seemed strangely incongruous to sit in the predawn light at my laptop in PJs and Paul Thorn autographed baseball cap singing hosannas to Mother Nature.

Slimantics: Food for thought on Thanksgiving

Posted 11/20/2020 in Local Columns

On Nov. 26,1621, the settlers of Plymouth Colony and members of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe met to celebrate the first Thanksgiving, or so the story goes.

Desiree' Wilson: Musing the 2020 Census

Posted 11/20/2020 in Local Columns

You probably did not notice the quiet closing of the epic pandemic Census on October 15. Yep, we're done counting! Ten weeks in the field gave rise to interesting interactions with people and places. I signed up for a temporary learning experience; I was not disappointed!

Slimantics: The Governor's $3-million re-education camp plan

Posted 11/18/2020 in Local Columns

Gov. Tate Reeves used Monday's Coronavirus briefing to unveil his legislative budget plan for 2021. I don't blame him. Given his handling of the pandemic, I'd want to give folks something else to talk about, too.

Dr. Jeremy Blanchard: Returning to Sweet Home Mississippi

Posted 11/17/2020 in Local Columns

Recently I drove back and forth across the United States with my wife to visit our children. We passed through 11 states.

Namaste: We all should be happy

Posted 11/17/2020 in Local Columns

This election is historic in many ways. More than 150 million people voted, and there is only about a 5 million difference in votes between the winner and the loser. In addition, the difference in votes across multiple states continues to be "too close to call."

Possumhaw: Lazy days of carp

Posted 11/16/2020 in Local Columns

Life's activities have slowed down and fall has come in all its glory. The weather is mild and the colors are vivid. Late evenings often warrant sitting on the dock of the lake and watching as the day fades away.

Partial to Home: Taking good care

Posted 11/14/2020 in Local Columns

For his service to his country in Vietnam, he was spit upon and called a "baby killer." For his devotion to his Southern wife, he was reviled by his mother-in-law as a "damn Yankee."


Sherry Ivy: Keep trusting God no matter what happens

Posted 11/14/2020 in Local Columns

Covid-19 is on the rise again with the number of cases increasing daily. It has been predicted that the second surge will be worse than the first.


Ask Rufus: A Machine Gun's Tale

Posted 11/14/2020 in Local Columns

Sometimes an unusual inanimate object can tell a most interesting story.

Slimantics: Asking the better question

Posted 11/10/2020 in Local Columns

When it became clear that Joe Biden would become the next President of the United States, I found myself spending the better part of the weekend pondering two questions posed long ago and about 20 years apart.

Possumhaw: This little light of mine

Posted 11/9/2020 in Local Columns

Everyone loves a holiday, and if ever there was a time we could use more holidays and more celebrations perhaps it would be now. Fortunately, Nov. 11 was declared a holiday in Western Europe during the Middle Ages, known as Martinmas or the Mass of St. Martin.

Andrew Colom: Letter from Detroit

Posted 11/9/2020 in Local Columns

I voted for President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris. I wish their next administration much success. But I want to share a perspective with my fellow citizens.

Partial to Home: Idle remark opens floodgates of memory

Posted 11/7/2020 in Local Columns

Not too long ago, someone said to me, "You always were a little off-center." Later that day I was going to be driving a tractor and was dressed for the part in patched work pants and a rumpled cotton shirt. Though attire is what evoked the comment and his tone friendly, I suspect the fellow's assessment wasn't limited to my sartorial choices.

Ask Rufus: The Double Fire of 1854

Posted 11/7/2020 in Local Columns

n September 1854 much of downtown Columbus was destroyed by two absolutely devastating fires that occurred within a period of a little more than 24 hours.


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