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One of the first meals I ever ate in my husband’s home was lovingly prepared by his precious Mama. I was invited to attend church with his family and then stay for lunch. We had delicious roast, rice and gravy that was to die for. Also black-eyed peas, strawberry congealed salad and her home…

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When we travel to the city of Jackson, I always pause when we leave the Lexington Square and pass a church on the outskirts of the town. I thoroughly enjoy reading the church’s marquee messages for the week. I don’t know who is responsible, but they never disappoint.

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Do you struggle with worrying? Have you ever called yourself (or been called) a worry wart? Have you ever wondered how some people can live so seemingly carefree while you are almost always thinking and analyzing every possible thing that could happen?

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I often wonder about those folks who toil in their gardens alone with just their plants and thoughts. Such non-joiners, scattered worldwide, just a few in every community, love gardening more than they do hobnobbing with other people.

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Spring makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook.  There are so  many websites that I love to visit and get ideas for dishes to prepare.  Today I have three recipes that I have added to my recipe box as what we like to call “keepers.”

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Easter Sunday lunch is one of the first spring meals that we prepare. Gone are the heavy meals, soups and chowders. We think about salad and vegetable dishes that are a lighter fare.

I recently had the opportunity to hear Mr. Nathan Dunaway speak to our elementary school students. The Dunaway family of Madison lost its 13-year-old grandson, Jack, a little over two years ago. The message was about kindness and being nice to people.

Teenagers are likely to experience stress when they perceive a situation as painful, dangerous or difficult. An inability to cope with the stresses they face may lead to anxiety, depression, aggression, physical illness and poor coping skills, such as alcohol or drug abuse.

An older man in my church came up to me several years ago and asked me how things were going in my counseling practice. After I had given him the standard “Things are going well” response, he jokingly asked me if I had figured out how to change anyone yet. He then told me, “Mischa, no one ch…

Spring is just around the corner, and I can’t wait for that fresh spring and summer produce to hit the stores and farmers markets. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen each spring. I love to see those beautiful baskets of luscious red strawberries. I can never resist.

Just before spring break, I judged a beauty pageant, and they had a basket of goodies for each judge. One of the things in the basket was a local cookbook. I received several food magazines the next day. I was ready for the beginning of our break.

You use the pantry every day, but it is easy to overlook when you are cleaning. It may seem like a daunting task but it really doesn’t take long. When you get the pantry clean, be sure to re-stock with some healthy staples.

I have often written of my love for my pets. My husband, Steve, falls into the same category. About 10 years ago, he rescued a tiny black puppy and took her to our farm. We referred to her as Lucy, the farm dog. She loved to run and play in the woods. Every afternoon, Steve would ride out an…

While a lot of my job is to share interesting garden techniques and “how-to” information, sometimes I’m asked for help with interpersonal or social issues.

Benton Academy recently hosted the State AA Basketball Tournament. I was responsible for the food in our hospitality room for all school coaches, administration and officials. It was quite an undertaking, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

I have a collection of crosses in my den. For Christmas, a student gave me a beautiful wooden one with the word “blessed” inscribed on it. As I admired it yesterday, I thought about how truly blessed I am.

Where to start with today’s topic, of deliberately putting woody garden debris to use? It’s way easier than dragging stuff to the street and a lot simpler than composting. And it can be downright artistic.

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States, with more than 40 million Americans suffering from some type of anxiety related issue.

Last week, the cold weather just about done me in. I was longing for those hot, summertime temperatures. I will complain about those, too. For right now, however, they seem better than what experienced last week and the recent cold snap.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum of the Mississippi Delta will host a traveling exhibition from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History titled “Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City.”

When Steve and I married, he quickly discovered that I don’t do yard work. I don’t mow, weed-eat or pull weeds. I will plant some seasonal blooming plants in the terra cotta pots outside and water them, but that is as far as I go.

Dreary weather is forcing me to stay indoors, but I am comforted by my cherished potted tropical plants. Some, however, are really ugly to visitors, which makes me love ‘em even more.

While cooking a pot of homemade soup yesterday, I reached for my favorite wooden spoon. It belonged to my maternal grandmother, Mamaw. She was the best cook in the world, next to my Mama. When I would visit her, she would let me sit on the counter while she cooked. I remember making biscuits…

I’m sure that we all have met someone who was deathly afraid of snakes. Or maybe it was spiders. Or bats, blood, clowns, the dentist, flying, heights, the weather, math, the dark, or even other people.

There was something wrong about my new garden. Couldn’t put my finger on it, just didn’t feel right. Then, I learned about feng shui.

New Year’s resolutions are a tradition mainly in the Western Hemisphere. They reflect a desire to change an undesired trait or behavior to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve someone’s life. About 60 percent of people admit to making New Year’s resolutions. Less than 10 percent a…