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Columns

02/20/2014 - 3:36pm

On Monday, February 10, 2014 my friend and I volunteered at Mustard Seed. Mustard Seed is an association that helps mentally challenged adults.

When I walked into the Mustard Seed store it was filled with pottery that you could buy and...

02/20/2014 - 3:24pm

It feels good. Yep, after a seven-year hiatus, I'm a Jacksonian again. That just feels good to say. I'm already enjoying a "perk" from being here as I sip on a Whole Foods cup of coffee. I'll elaborate on Jackson (and...

02/20/2014 - 3:16pm

A few days ago I saw love and honor in an excellent form. The event happened quickly – just in front of me – and I was impressed.

Because so much “bad news” is seen on TV, my hope and wish are to be surprised...

02/20/2014 - 2:47pm

Kior, a state-funded green energy project, recently announced the shutdown of its Columbus, Miss. plant. It was supposed to produce gasoline and diesel from pine trees. This is the sixth state-funded technology startup that has failed.

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02/13/2014 - 3:50pm

It has been 11 years since the Emmerichs moved into 1447 Rebel Drive in Jackson’s Loho neighborhood. Our daughter Ruth has lived there all her life.

We bought the home from Charlie and Sylvia Hall who purchased it from the family...

02/13/2014 - 3:13pm

I decided to venture out and do the house laundry. I did not know what was about to happen. I made a super goof.

Annette was not feeling well, so I volunteered for the laundry job. It became a difficult strain. I collected all the...

02/13/2014 - 2:55pm

The streams, Oakohay and Okatoma, gathered strength from the creeks to become wider and deeper while wandering their steady way southward through the future Smith County of Mississippi. It was a network of generous waterways, one to be named...

02/05/2014 - 3:34pm

Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson on stage together talking to each other about faith and race was quite interesting to watch.

As it turns out, they are both Methodists. Both are lifelong churchgoers and professed...

02/04/2014 - 3:18pm

Every now and then there comes a moment to brag about former Jacksonians. This is one of those times. There are some former Northsiders who have really made it big. One I want to mention right now is George Lawrence.

He was a "PK...

02/04/2014 - 2:55pm

For more than a half-century, when you motored north on I-55, you saw a group of squat, buff-colored two-story buildings on your right just before the Meadowbrook Road exit. Built in the 1950s, these were the “new’” homes of...

02/04/2014 - 2:46pm

The Mission Mississippi annual governor’s prayer luncheon was both more moving and more political than I expected.

The lunch was divided into two parts: prayer for Mississippi’s state and federal officials, and a...

01/30/2014 - 12:56pm

Dear Neil, Ed and Steve,

Sunday, February 2, 2014 is Boy Scout Sunday and I'd like to take a few moments to thank you all for serving as Scoutmasters of Troop 302 at Covenant Presbyterian Church for so many years.

We dads...

01/30/2014 - 11:14am

Yesterday our new dog (Fi Fi) greeted me with 20 percent of a stick of butter with partial wrapper on my couch. Shortly thereafter I saw her chewing on something that she had gathered from a lamp table. It was an opened...

01/30/2014 - 11:06am

As a journalist, the Kemper power plant is the gift that keeps on giving.

I would love to one day write a column saying I was completely wrong about Kemper. Unfortunately, I’m not likely to get that opportunity.

The...

01/30/2014 - 11:05am

When I pick up any sports section and see the word ‘Tigers,” I don’t always think of LSU, Jackson State or South Panola. Nostalgia being the opiate of choice for the elderly, I recall the Tigers of Central High School....

01/26/2014 - 9:36am

IN THE WEE morning hours of Saturday, January 11, I sent my friend Anna the following text message:

“I’M SO AMPED UP I’M GONNA POP.”

I had just found a parking spot on Pearl Street downtown; it was...

01/26/2014 - 9:31am

Occasionally I lose a matching black sock. Then a scavenger hunt occurs – simply because all my socks are black.  Recently, a sock was missing so I ran my hand deep in the dresser drawer, hoping to discover my missing sock, but...

01/26/2014 - 9:29am

I was pulling up to the Valero gas station in Ridgeland to get some non-ethanol gas for my lawnmower when I noticed a huge duck hunting rig blocking my way.

Standing next to the boat was a burly man with a big black beard in rugged...

01/16/2014 - 4:15pm

Thanks to the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, I was able to receive a briefing on the current legislative session from both the leaders of the Mississippi House and the Senate.

The Stennis-Capitol Forum meets at the Capital Club on the...

01/16/2014 - 3:53pm

As of late, I have been in charge of buying groceries – not as a chef, but as a fellow member of the household.  This new assignment has been fun,  because I get a chance to visit with people as I go up and down the aisles of...

01/16/2014 - 3:17pm

I would like to chat with you about pets.  I’m a pet lover but I’ve developed a theory about pets, and it is this: Pets are fun for children to play with, but they teach adults responsibility.

Argument:  My...

01/08/2014 - 11:06am

A new year, but some things will always stay the same.

Government inefficiency is one of them. It’s always easy to waste someone else’s money.

Obamacare has been a disaster. By now, three million were projected to...

01/08/2014 - 10:56am

Every time I drive to the Sun’s office on Briarwood Drive, I’m reminded of the city’s road issues.

And every time I take a photograph of a pothole or a water main break or write a story about a sewer pump that’s...

12/27/2013 - 11:45am

I received an e-mail this week from a colleague. It was titled “Why Santa is Evil.”

I was a bit shocked. I am kind of fond of the jolly old fellow myself. It made me aware for the first time just how many people deeply...

12/18/2013 - 2:16pm
Many Mississippians can scarcely identify the origin of their town or city’s name, whether it be Kosciusko (named for the only Polish commander in the American Revolution), Carrollton (named for a signer of the Declaration of American...