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Partial to Home: Squalid indifference

Posted 10/5/2019 in Local Columns

Partial to Home: An afternoon on the banks of the Ohio

Posted 9/29/2019 in Local Columns

When someone, who knows you well, gives you a list of sites to visit in and around his hometown and one of them is a place called Rabbit Hash, chances are, if you have the time and any curiosity, you're going to give it a look.


Partial to Home: Simply messing around in books about boats and rivers

Posted 9/21/2019 in Local Columns

Awhile back I included in an emailed invitation to a friend to go paddling on the Columbus Lake near the lock and dam a quote from Kenneth Grahame's classic "The Wind in the Willows."


Partial to Home: The hushpuppy debate

Posted 9/7/2019 in Local Columns

Just after 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon HD Taylor pushed through our back gate. He was carrying a small cooler of catfish strips and a 14-inch cast-iron skillet.


Partial to Home: Cemetery alive with avian activity

Posted 8/31/2019 in Local Columns

When I phoned Paul Mack to finalize plans to go with him on one of his bird walks in Friendship Cemetery, he asked if I had a set of binoculars.


Partial to Home: In the fullness of August

Posted 8/17/2019 in Local Columns

If you are driving down Jemison Mill Road near Steens and happen see three abandoned kittens emerge from a hollow tree like a scene from a fairy tale and you turn around for a second look, you might as well clear off the front seat to make way for additional passengers.


Partial to Home: A kinder way

Posted 8/3/2019 in Local Columns

Partial to Home: Camping on the Sipsey

Posted 7/27/2019 in Local Columns

Around 5 o'clock on a recent Wednesday afternoon I was standing in the wilds of Pickens County, Alabama, in the only whitewater rapids on the Sipsey River, with a peach in one hand and a cell phone in the other.


Partial to Home: A childhood pleasure rediscovered

Posted 7/13/2019 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon walking through downtown you felt as if you were trapped inside a pizza oven. Thus the late afternoon rain provided a welcome finish to the day, even if you were riding a bike on the Riverwalk, as I happened to be.


Partial to Home: Gardening after dark

Posted 6/22/2019 in Local Columns

This time of year when I can't sleep, I put on my headlamp, go into the backyard and wander around in the garden. There is something otherworldly about all this natural beauty shrouded in darkness.


Partial to Home: Why I love Finland

Posted 6/15/2019 in Local Columns

HELSINKI, FINLAND -- We took a seat on the ferry to Suomenlinna next to a man eating strawberries. He looked like an athlete, tall, lean with California-surfer good looks. He was dressed in his bicycle garb, helmet at his side.


Partial to Home: Avoid heartbreak; get your snoots early

Posted 5/18/2019 in Local Columns

Thursday morning amid a swirl of hickory smoke Ronnie Clayton raised the lid of a well-seasoned cooker and placed about a dozen hog snoots on the grill.


Partial to Home: Downtown in the pouring rain

Posted 5/11/2019 in Local Columns

Saturday afternoon, just after three o'clock, I made an ill-timed decision to walk around the corner for a coffee. I had been in my office at The Dispatch struggling with a column on books about rivers -- a favorite subject of late -- and it just wasn't happening.


Partial to Home: The audacious Mrs. Maer

Posted 5/4/2019 in Local Columns

A while back Katherine Kerby got a phone call from a retired British soldier living in Canada. He was doing genealogical research on his cousin Susan, who he said, "had been lost to the wilds of Mississippi."


Partial to Home: The clunky, utilitarian, irresistible Land Cruiser

Posted 4/28/2019 in Local Columns

It began innocently enough. The Toyota obsession (or "sickness," as he calls it). In 1993 Kerry Blalock promised his nephew, Eric Mason, a vehicle if he kept his grades C or higher. Shortly thereafter Blalock found Eric a 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser at Greenline Equipment. Someone had traded it in on a tractor.


Partial to Home: Elvis reconsidered

Posted 4/13/2019 in Local Columns

Partial to Home: 'Always inspired, sometimes poetic and often just downright funny'

Posted 3/30/2019 in Local Columns

Saturday, a week ago, while waiting on coffee in one of those scruffy, only-in-New-Orleans kind of places, I leafed through the current issue of Gambit, a local weekly newspaper, and there was Elayne Goodman.


Partial to Home: Pick up trash. Tell the world about it.

Posted 3/16/2019 in Local Columns

Alabama's Sipsey River is a 145-mile long low-lying, swamp-like stream that begins in Glen Allen near Fayette and runs south until it crosses Highway 82 just east of Gordo. There it veers southwest where it eventually flows into the Tennessee-Tombigbee just south of Vienna.


Partial to home: My mother's childhood memories

Posted 3/3/2019 in Local Columns

When my mother was a schoolgirl, she would come home from Franklin Academy, get a lemon, dip it in sugar and then climb up into her tree house and read Nancy Drew mysteries.


Partial to Home: A honey of a retirement plan

Posted 2/23/2019 in Local Columns

Lee Lee and Randy Burris have what seems to be the perfect retirement plan. It looks a lot like beekeeping. They didn't stumble upon it right away. Parents of two grown children and longtime New Hope residents, the Burrises retired a dozen year ago: Lee Lee from teaching at New Hope Elementary and Randy from the Mississippi Employment Service.



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