Once upon a time, before air conditioning and television, almost every home had a front porch. The front porch was the quintessential outdoor room, and this was where Southern hospitality usually began. It was on the front porch, beneath the languorous, circulating ceiling fans, one sipped a…

He was “a man for all seasons.” An epigram or a witticism for every occasion. Bassoon-like voice. Historian, linguist, comic, counselor and boogie-woogie king. At his death, the mayor of our city and the towel man at the YMCA mourned. He was (and is) my father.

Several years ago, I wrote about fish packets we made and took on a camping trip. I prepared them at home – tilapia with sliced onions, bell peppers and lemon pepper – and put them in a cooler with ice. After we got to our camp site and put up the tent, Charlie built a fire and it was no tim…

“Dad, can we cook supper together tonight?” Are there any more beautiful words in the English language? Well, probably, but those were some pretty sweet words when I heard them last week. I’ll put it this way – in that moment, there were no better words I would have rather heard from my 18-y…

Every parent has a go-to breakfast. In our house, my wife was the one who typically made the before-school morning meal. Most days, I was already at work while the kids were preparing for school. I’d fill in on occasion with daddy breakfasts.

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TUPELO - Oliver Stacks and his parents, Hunter and Paige Stacks of Nettleton, are one of two families to win the $529 Mississippi Affordable College Savings scholarship.

My senses are strongly connected to my memory. Something as small as a single thought can trigger a vivid recollection. But nothing brings back a memory more intensely than four of our five senses – sound, smell, sight and taste. Sorry, touch, you’re out of this conversation.

Eighteen years ago – almost to the day – my wife and I were at the hospital awaiting the birth of our second child. It was one of the greatest days of my life and one of the scariest. He was born on Monday, June 4, at 8:08 am. They say Monday’s child is fair of face and Thomas Harrison St. J…

A few weeks ago, I checked out Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, “Cook Like a Pro,” from the Lee County Library. I’d not heard very good things about it and I wanted to take a look before purchasing it to add to my collection.