Through spring and summer, we have been enjoying the vivid display of color of our common flowers, many of which are native to this area.
Rex Stout said there are two sources for statistics—the ones you look up and the ones you make up. But there’s one statistic beyond question: One out of every one dies. Gulp!
An old friend, he of retirement age, has taken up kayaking. He has embraced the sport with the zeal a teenager might have for a cell phone or Facebook account.
With Census data compiled, state legislatures across the country are engaged in the intensely political, intensely partisan exercise of legislative redistricting for both congressional districts and state legislative districts.
The allocation of funds provided to the City of Starkville by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was a central focus of tonight’s Board of Alderman meeting.
Sunday morning, I learned that Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves would be a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union’’ program, and I recognized an old familiar feeling. It was like being called to the principal’s office: You don’t know what’s going to happen, but you know it isn’t going to be good.
He looked strangely out of place behind a desk in an office. He was friendly enough when asking, “What can I do for you?” On the wall behind him were framed diplomas but something didn’t add up. He was dressed in sweatpants and a hoodie.
Last weekend I was visiting my friends, Bruce and Faye Bennett, in Pine Apple, Alabama. Bruce and I were talking about how there is so much of our history people do not know. The topic of how German U-boats operated in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II came up.
You have to be 18-years-old to serve as an alderman in the city of Starkville.
There is no maturity requirement, however, which in large part explains Ben Carver’s continued presence on the board.
So much has changed in the last year and a half. Some changes no longer seem strange but now are the regular way of doing life. I’m surprised how necessary the internet is. Some situations make life more difficult without good internet service while making other situations a breeze with adequate internet service. My own personal internet service rates somewhere in between.
Years ago I was preaching in Vancouver, Canada. My talk emphasized the simple way the Bible presents the good news about God’s salvation. A university professor was affronted by my message. “If I have to come to God like a child,” he huffed, “I won’t come.”
Last week I helped Nancy Carpenter and Visit Columbus show our town to a German travel writer who was on a tour of Mississippi. I found his comments about Columbus and what appealed to him as a tourism asset most interesting. It was the walkways, historic vistas and slices of natural history that surround downtown or are only a short drive away.
When I was a kid it wasn’t uncommon to see the scores of World Series games as the top headline in this newspaper.
Beneath still waters, as the song goes, there’s a strong undertow. The surface won’t tell you what the deep water knows.
This weekend, I completed my 10-day COVID-19 Delta Variant quarantine period. My wife and I both were diagnosed with so-called “breakthrough cases” of the virus.
On Wednesday the 22nd we will slide into a new fall season. According to my 2020 journal it was in April we started “sheltering in place.” With everything shut down, I kept track of any markers that might define my year.
This week a colleague and I were discussing taking new approaches to crime and addiction, and he said something I hope will stick with me for the rest of my life.
Recently I’ve been thinking about a grandfather I never knew. Birney Imes, Sr. died in 1948, in the decade before I was born. I know
The steamer Magnolia was a survivor.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 not to intervene against a Texas law that forbids legal abortion after a fetus is determined to be six weeks old and allowed private citizens to sue anyone who attempted to aid a person in seeking an abortion after six weeks.