Way back then there was no caller ID or hitting a button to decline calls, so I answered the phone. It was a representative from Nielsen Media Research. She asked if I'd be interested in joining the Nielsen TV family. The TV family are people chosen to allow Nielsen to measure their TV viewing and radio listening. While I was flattered, I responded, "The only problem is I don't own a TV."
Of Mississippi's historic flags I have always thought the prettiest was the Magnolia Flag.
Where were you this past Tuesday? This week was eventful with final summer plans or back to school for some. For others, Tuesday was a regular workday. I spent the day as a poll worker watching our democratic system work at the ground level.
The venerable Texas lieutenant governor may have a point. Bringing teacher-led prayer back into public schools may just be the ticket for turning back the tide of gun violence. I'm sure nothing in his record would suggest ties to gun lobbies that would sully his objectivity on the gun control argument, so let's for a moment, take him at his word.
R.C. White's book "Ten Million Kisses" turned over in my hands. If ever a cover attracted my attention this one did. A handsome soldier embraces his girl. The cover is done in deep sepia like photographs stored in boxes and albums from my mom and dad of the same era.
Writing my column last week on the Washington medallion passed down through Sallie Govan Billups, I told of the Revolutionary War record of John Daves, her great-grandfather.
Here's a little follow-up from last week's Possumhaw on rain and how you might conserve water to make it work for you.
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.
Accountability. Our newsroom knows the word well. We work daily, on behalf of the public, to hold accountable government officials, candidates and others charged with the public trust.
This fall marks the 195th anniversary of the return to America of Lafayette in 1824. In Columbus there is a rare medallion presented by Lafayette on that return visit. However, as is often the case with historic relics, it is unclear as to exactly who Lafayette gave it to.
If you ask me, what this state needs is more Hagan Walkers and fewer state politicians throwing money around like beads at a Mardi Gras parade.
It's always rewarding when research confirms an earlier educated guess.
Not all life lessons come easy.
And then it was time to go home. In the end, it's not the places, but the people who make trips memorable.
Kat was a young woman when we met. Fresh out of college and living in a small rental house just out from Starkville. I had furniture needing a new home and gave it to Kat to incorporate into her home. We became friends, and then not long after, Kat moved away.
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.
It's odd how sometimes two seemingly different events suddenly merge into a single story.
Have yourself a day, Robert Foster. Before Wednesday, Robert Foster was pretty much off the radar, a one-term state senator polling in single digits in the GOP Governor primary.
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