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11/08/2013 - 10:51am
My theatrical career may be over. “The Grapes of Wrath” closed at New Stage Theatre on  November 3 after a 13-day run that reawakened memories of my international theatrical career, particularly those involving New Stage....
11/08/2013 - 10:49am
Looking for a needle in a haystack is an immense search. Driving from Jackson to Tampa is also a huge search. This trek is not your usual run to the grocery store. Tampa is more than 700 miles away and, at my age and stage, the journey must...
11/08/2013 - 10:47am
SOMEWHERE near Bass, Ark., Dad pulled up to a gate at the end of a gravel road. My brother, Austin, got out and started to open the gate. 
“Whoa, what are you doing? We passed a balloon!”
We were on...
10/16/2013 - 11:57am
As some readers may have noticed, I have been a big fan of C Spire. This is not just because my brother-in-law Terrell Knight works there. Or that my father-in-law Bob Knight and the Creekmores were college buddies. Nor is it because they run...
10/16/2013 - 11:54am
Over the last four weeks, I’ve volunteered at We Will Go Ministries, a ministry to the Midtown neighborhood in Jackson. I’ve helped them provide clothes for jobless, migrant workers. I’ve helped them feed impoverished people...
10/16/2013 - 11:52am
Standing in a tiny parking lot in front of an especially busy beauty salon is an excellent place to catch up on the local news.
A taxi-cab pulled up next to me with a female driver behind the wheel.  She got out of the cab,...
10/16/2013 - 11:49am
The U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on September 9, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. entitled “A Matter of Life and Death: Examining Preventable Deaths, Patient-Safety Issues, and Bonuses for VA Execs Who Oversaw Them....
10/11/2013 - 9:43am
In 1977, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) named five sites to be characterized for the potential use as the world’s largest, and possibly only, high level nuclear waste repository (dump). Richton Salt Dome in Perry County,...
10/11/2013 - 9:41am
I am not a lawyer, but I have read and consulted with many about the recent legal controversies between Blue Cross of Mississippi and Health Management Associates.  There are three salient issues.
The first is the legal...
10/02/2013 - 10:26am

The Kemper power plant is 20 times more expensive per kilowatt than five natural gas plants recently acquired by Entergy and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Imagine being forced to pay $70 for a gallon of gas from a government-...

10/02/2013 - 10:22am

 A literary walkabout is what I am about today. The walkabout was originally an Australian Aborigine rite of passage. The young participant would just walk away from his native village and wander the countryside without a timeline or...

10/02/2013 - 10:17am

August marks the 47th anniversary of the end of prohibition in Mississippi. Because I like to stay a drink or two ahead of other Mississippi writers, I’m not waiting for legal whiskey’s golden anniversary.

From 1908 until...

09/25/2013 - 11:37am

Having just returned from Kenya last week, I was riveted by the attack by Somali Islamic terrorists at an upscale shopping center in Nairobi.

At first, I thought it was the same mall at which our church mission group had lunch one...

09/25/2013 - 11:35am

Doesn't everyone need a place to worship or meditate?

For some it's a church, synagogue, mosque or temple.  For others it's a quiet place in the home for meditation or a favorite spot somewhere to commune with nature...

09/25/2013 - 11:33am

Not so long ago there was a popular song titled "September Song." It went something like "and the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November." It, of course, referred to seasons of the year. It could as well...

09/25/2013 - 11:26am

It happened again: the familiar scenario of an angry gunman, loner with a history of behavioral problems including poor impulse control, fond of firearms and bearing unknown grudges against whoever "disrespected" him.

Prisons...

09/25/2013 - 11:23am

 Hinds County supervisors recently approved the county’s budget for 2014 which goes into effect on October 1.  The move to cut the sheriff’s budget at a time when Sheriff Tyrone Lewis is trying to effectively and...

09/19/2013 - 2:30pm

I just returned from a mission trip to Kenya. It was a great experience.

Mission trips are a great way to see the world: You do some good. You get better acquainted with members of your church. You break through the tourist traps and...

09/19/2013 - 2:28pm

In Northeast Jackson, in one of its many residential neighborhoods, there are a few streets that have potential to become beautiful walking streets with sidewalks.

At the north corner of Northeast Drive and Douglas, one can clearly see...

09/19/2013 - 2:27pm

Dear Commissioner Renfroe:

Congratulations on your appointment to the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and thanks for your willingness to serve. This line comes to mind: All in the Valley of Death rode the six hundred.

...
09/19/2013 - 2:24pm
Mississippi’s economy continues long-term sideways movement, as reflected by total monthly employment since January 1998:
In fact, July 2013’s statewide employment remains below August 1998’s level. Must it be...
09/19/2013 - 2:23pm

The Natchez Food and Wine Festival is very special for us. Annette and I have attended it for 10 consecutive years and each year is better than the last. The festival is the last weekend in July. The weather was perfect.

A great place...

09/04/2013 - 12:16pm

We hear so much bad news, but Mission Mississippi’s march through every county in the state is great news.

The statewide organization has arranged students in each of our 82 Mississippi counties to carry a lighted wooden cross...

09/04/2013 - 12:11pm

“And a little child shall lead them,” said the prophet, and I can testify that he knew whereof he spoke. Years ago my then-elementary-school-age daughter, Mary Adelyn, responded to my assertion that I planned to write an article in...

09/04/2013 - 12:08pm

Bet you've had a jaw-dropping experience when you watched an event unfold and thought, "I see it but I don't believe it."

That's the way I felt when I pulled out of our Northbay neighborhood onto St. Augustine...