Jeff Cole 1929 – 2018


On friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we buried my step father-in-law.

It was a beautiful ceremony at St. Philips Episcopal Church on Old Canton Road. Rev. C.J. Meaders played a beautiful song on his guitar. The homily was lovely. And so we said goodbye to Jeff.

Jackson tragedy turns 30


One of Mississippi’s most perplexing mysteries turned 30 years old this past summer.

On July 26, 1988, 72-year-old Annie Lauren Hearin, a prominent Jackson socialite and wife of one of the state’s wealthiest businessmen, went missing from her Jackson home where she had hosted a bridge club party earlier in the day.

Chickenpox returns

If there is one place in America that is serious about its spirituality, it must be Buncombe County, N.C., where the families of 5.7 percent of kindergarten students have claimed a religious exemption to avoid vaccinating their children against serious diseases.

Living in gratitude

With the season of bargain-hunting, over-spending and consumerism at our door, perhaps we should take longer than a moment to focus on making sure we are happy, not just momentary happiness but one that lasts by developing an attitude of gratefulness.

Teacher testing

Relaxing licensing exam standards for 110 new Mississippi public school teachers — out of a teaching force that numbers more than 30,000 — is nothing to get too alarmed about.

Voting by mail

According to reports so far, there were no major snafus in the recent elections in Mississippi; no serious allegations of hacking into voting machines or otherwise manipulating them to affect the outcome.

Student athletes

In a recent column, George Will of The Washington Post made an excellent point about the outdated concept of student-athletes. Basically, he believes the description is factually incorrect — that too many college sports participants are far more athletes than students.