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Columns

12/22/2014 - 4:30pm

Every Christmas I manage to find a perfect moment when time stands still and the beauty and purpose of life comes shining through with clarity and calm.

 That Sunday morning, Covenant Presbyterian featured two of my favorite...

12/22/2014 - 4:27pm

Christmas time is here.

I am in the mood for a change of pace; a real change of pace and a change of the pounding news of murder, shooting, killings, rape, arson - burning of home and burning of apartments, wrecks, the daily vehicle...

12/22/2014 - 4:23pm

The Norman Knight stands silently above the graves of the Percy family in Washington County, Miss.  William Alexander Percy erected the monument in the 1930s in loving memory of his father, Leroy, a lawyer and senator, Mississippi...

12/22/2014 - 4:21pm

The Christmas music started far too early this year – well before the previous bright-line, indelible Thanksgiving Day rule.  Although I love the Christmas season, the clichéd, secular holiday music sometimes strikes a...

12/18/2014 - 11:47am

My apologies to Dr. Dick Blount, who will be upset at the attention.

I have known Dick, a retired opthalmologist, for many years as an elder in our church and a great conversationalist.

Only last year did a member of our...

12/18/2014 - 11:43am

My first remembrance of pecan pie was my paternal grandmother’s homemade delicacy. And when I say homemade, I mean homemade. As the saying goes, it was from scratch – including the homegrown pecans. And, to this day, whether real or...

12/18/2014 - 11:39am

"Ain't gonna be no rematch," Apollo Creed. "Don't want one," Rocky Balboa.  These lines and characters are from the movie "Rocky." Its brutal iconic fight is a metaphor for Mississippi Power's...

12/18/2014 - 11:38am

Christmas (or, as the ACLU calls it, End of Year Non-Religious Time of Feasting, Shopping, and Diversity Celebrations) is a time of giving.

Because of budgetary considerations brought on by higher prices and increased shipping costs, I...

12/15/2014 - 5:00pm

The Economy seems to be picking up steam. Nationally, 330,000 new jobs were created last month – the most since 1999.

Mississippi has not fared as well. Depending on which employment report you use – the one that polls...

12/15/2014 - 4:58pm

Wyatt, I read, with keen interest, your column on the birth of the Republican Party in Mississippi.  I certainly “take my hat off” in solid and sound congratulations to Wirt Yerger and many others who did not flinch from all...

12/15/2014 - 4:16pm

The last seventy years or so have been trying times for “progressives,” as the political left has returned to calling itself after a number of decades of being “liberals,” a sobriquet that became associated with such...

12/15/2014 - 4:14pm

What a year for Mississippians, right? We have a right to be proud of our state. Mississippi proud! So many times we are on the bottom of whatever list. Over the years I have said, "Well, the Bible says the last shall be first and the...

12/04/2014 - 7:53am

In 2010, bedbugs (Cimex lectularis) topped the list of issues faced by U.S. exterminators for the first time, reportedly more problematic than roaches and termites. These parasitic insects were mentioned in ancient...

12/04/2014 - 7:51am

About once a month, I get a phone call from a parent – usually a mom.  She is frustrated.  She’s past tears.  She’s angry, desperate and out of options.  Her son has dyslexia.  She knows he’s not...

12/04/2014 - 7:49am

“Two Mississippians – one a Reform Jew and the other a Recovering Protestant - went to Israel” sounds like the opening line of a politically-incorrect joke.  Admittedly, we were an odd pair for a pilgrimage.  Though...

11/27/2014 - 7:41am

Often the ward one race for the Jackson City Council is lucky to field one or two good candidates. This year we have a bunch. The election is Tuesday, December 2.

I personally know four of the candidates: Ashby Foote, Dorsey Carson,...

11/27/2014 - 7:36am

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans the number of homeless veterans has somewhat decreased. But there are still a number of our military soldiers homeless and in need of jobs and shelter. We need our government to get more...

11/19/2014 - 7:08am

It’s been 50 years since Ronald Reagan made his national political debut. The recent Republican congressional victories prove that Reagan’s cherished ideals of liberty and small government still resonate.

In the wake of...

11/19/2014 - 7:05am

Good mysteries follow a certain formula: a lead character who drives the story/solves the mystery, supporting characters who provide clues, a familiar setting readers may envision, a plot with clear beginning, middle and end, a murder or crime...

11/19/2014 - 7:02am

Hi y’all.

Yockanookany Ned here.

Let’s talk about metaphors, canine metaphors, and more specifically… Southern canine metaphors.

As everyone knows, and to bore you with a definition, a metaphor is a...

11/14/2014 - 7:05am

the news about Chris Epps was a bombshell. It reinforces many unfortunate stereotypes about corruption in the Deep South, especially regarding our prison system.

The bust comes on the heels of an excellent series of articles in the...

11/14/2014 - 7:00am

“Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?" This was Groucho Marx's retort when caught (frequently) in a compromising situation. He got it from Chico, one of the five Marx brothers, who were the kings of slapstick comedy...

11/14/2014 - 6:58am

How ‘bout the Southeastern Conference? The newfangled College Football Playoff selection committee rankings are all the rage and, to the football aficionado, confirm the obvious. On both the first and second releases of the momentous...

11/12/2014 - 2:31pm

MY BROTHER and his fiancée had been engaged for three or four days when they decided they wanted to get married in a week.

This was partly because Mom told Austin and Bailey that January weather “sucks,” but mostly...

11/04/2014 - 11:59am

It finally happened. I dreaded it for years, but I knew it was inevitable.

There was no trick or treating for the Emmerichs this Halloween. Nobody even wanted me to put out the decorations. Lawrence didn’t care. Ruth thought they...