Last week was my mother-in-law’s birthday. She would have been 92 this year. Steve and I rode to the cemetery to take some flowers and began to reminisce not only with stories of her, but also of my father-in-law.
As life changes in this evolving COVID-19 pandemic, let us seek ways to share joy and be joyful rather than be overwhelmed by the mass quantity of information available.
Last week, I was reading a magazine article about a birthday party a grandmother had given for her granddaughter’s second birthday. She chose to have a “high tea” for her birthday party theme.
When I left for spring break at the beginning of last week, I never thought I’d return to Mississippi and not be able to buy toilet paper. But in a mere week, it feels like our world has come crashing down.
I have become accustomed to eating wild game that has been killed by the hunters in my family. Venison, duck and even wild hog are Southern delicacies I have learned to enjoy.
Natural disasters, such as tornadoes and severe storms, are things we don’t like to think about until necessary. Mississippi ranks seventh in a list of 10 for the likelihood of natural disasters. From floods to all the other natural disasters around us, I believe it is imperative that we giv…
The first time I became aware of bottle trees was years ago while watching the movie “Ghosts of Mississippi.” A bottle tree was placed outside the children’s window to protect them from evil spirits. Steve gave me a bottle tree not too long ago, and I love it.
I hesitated to write this article, because I also work with people of the opposite sex and did not want to insinuate that such a thing was occurring in our workplace. I was, however, inspired to write this article due to a friend losing her marriage to an affair in the workplace. It is a top…
February brings up love, hearts and caring for others. This month, we are encouraging readers to show love and respect in a health-promoting way — and to focus on yourself first. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t be able to help anyone else for very long. Remember, showing love fo…
After the Super Bowl is over, football season has officially ended. National Signing Day for college football has passed, and the speculation for next year’s season will begin.
Love is such a powerful word. It is often used among couples with no regard to the true meaning. As you observe Valentine’s Day this year in whatever way you choose, please consider the meaning of love and the genuine affection you desire to show to your mate.
Gambling hasn’t always been legal in Mississippi, but gardeners have been doing it openly for generations. Unfortunately, the house usually has better odds than even us old hands.
It comes on suddenly without much warning. In a matter of seconds, you go from seemingly fine to fearing that you are dying. Your heart is racing, and you can’t catch your breath. You may feel dizzy or nauseous. You can’t stop sweating; you may feel claustrophobic; and your vision might be b…
National Homemade Soup Day is Tuesday. I love homemade soup. Cooking it for hours on the stove as you smell the wonderful aroma throughout the house is as enjoyable to me as it is to actually eat it.
New Year’s resolutions are interesting because they point to the common goals of our society. While the top resolutions are no surprise in that they deal with our health and physical appearance, one resolution caught my attention. The fifth most common resolution of 2020 was to reduce stress…
I have several friends who have just had December weddings in their families. I also have three weddings to attend this spring. Then, summer weddings start usually in May.
Don’t know when or why, but somewhere along the line I stopped being an “even” numbers guy. Now I’m a happily odd guy, at least when it comes to symmetry in the garden.
It’s a rite of passage for millions of Americans every year. Come Dec. 31, more than 100 million people make New Year’s resolutions, perhaps planning to eat more healthfully, lose weight, save money, read more or one of many other self-improvement goals.
Good tidings from the South’s winter garden! I plucked a fistful of super fragrant paperwhite daffodils last week — the first of my cherished winter flowers — a week before winter officially started.
After teaching for 20 years, I have accumulated some hilarious memories. Anything that has to do with school, students and their parents is amusing to me — well, most of the time. A friend sent me this list of actual notes sent to school by parents concerning their children. I laughed until …
My yard is now a better garden, in the medieval sense of the word. A new custom-designed entry gate has created a special feeling of being set apart from the outside. As it should.
It is difficult to believe, but Christmas is just a few weeks away. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I had better get started on my shopping because Christmas is coming whether I am ready or not.
Divorce in itself is very stressful for all involved, especially when you have young children. When you add the holidays in the mix of divorce, it makes the situation just that much more challenging due to memories that can make family members feel hurt, sadness, anger or disappointment.
With the holidays approaching, many people begin to feel the financial stress of the season. You can lessen the anxiety you may feel during this time of year by planning purchases in advance.
Far as I know, there isn’t a formal word for what happens when frozen summer plants melt into a greenish glob. But botanically and practically, it’s nasty.
Steve and I recently attended our granddaughter’s Grandparents’ Day program at Pillow Academy. She had asked us several times if we were coming. We assured her that we would both be there — little does she know, nothing could keep us away.