I’ve been working from home a little bit over the past two weeks and my makeshift office has a stack of cookbooks on the desk that’s a foot tall. Some of them have never even been cracked while others haven’t been looked at in years.

There is a routine I have followed for the last 20-plus years I have written this weekly column. On Monday mornings I get to my office early and start fleshing out a thought or an idea for a column. Within a few hours I put the finishing touches on it, add a recipe, an associated image, and …

DOROTHY is a 7-year-old spayed dog. She’s a brown and white Shepherd mix who doesn’t need to spend any more time in an animal shelter. Dorothy would love a forever home. Her adoption number is 050810H.

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“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). That’s how I learned it when I was a little boy. When anything from the Bible comes out of my soul, it tends to emerge in the language of the Authorized Version. Nothing at all wrong with that. “Tell the truth, but tell it slant.” That’s what …

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Like many of you, I went to the grocery stores last week and stocked up on some pantry staples and meat for the freezer. The new coronavirus is, well, new to us and we don’t know quite what to expect. A timetable for normalcy eludes us.

As the country contends with an epidemic, there will be vexing disappointments and many curtailed social gatherings. Travel to far away places is discouraged, if not impossible, luxury cruise liners are docked, and many anticipated sporting events have been cancelled. The thought of being is…

Good morning, everyone. We are living in strange, and scary times. The atmosphere around the restaurants is very surreal. It’s almost as if we are living in a movie – and not a lighthearted romantic romp, a whacky screwball comedy, or even a big-business drama – but a disaster movie about a …

Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) said there is no idea so bizarre that a philosopher has not advanced it. These days, the philosophers in question are psychologists and the bizarre ideas are their explanations of human behavior. Said explanations are bizarre because (trust me on this, I am one) p…

OMEN is a 6-month-old male domestic shorthair cat. He’s a black and white neutered tabby with a sweet disposition who doesn’t need to grow up in an animal shelter. Omen would love a forever home. His adoption number is 101912M.

Almost every area of life in our country is being affected by the coronavirus. The arrival of this virus is creating disruption in schools, travel, sports and churches. The virus is a threat to our life and to our liberty. Not only that, but the upheaval in our lives caused by this virus thr…

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NEW ALBANY • This week, a group of volunteers from First Baptist Church in New Albany spent their mornings scurrying around the church’s gleaming industrial kitchen, packing to-go lunches for students for whom extra time off from school due to coronavirus might otherwise mean going without meals.

Everywhere we look, media is tempting us to beautify our homes so that we can love them more, or update them, sell them and find a better place to live. Facebook is chock full of before-and-after images depicting successful remodels and beautiful home stagings. Whether you’ve made up your mi…

Mattie Clytee Barber celebrated her 100th birthday March 7, 2020, at Harvey’s Restaurant in Tupelo with a party attended by family and friends. Mattie was born on a 100-acre farm in Itawamba County, the fifth of 10 children born to Wiley Clifford and Willies Nichols. In 1936, she married Cle…

I’ve learned a new word! My daughter informs me that according to some mothers I am guilty of “mom-shaming” and should be ashamed of myself. I am an unashamed mom-shamer because I happen to believe that just as there is one proper way to go about training a dog (of any species), there is one…

ALFALFA is an 18-month-old male domestic shorthair cat. He’s a brown and white neutered tabby with big green eyes and soft white paws. Alfalfa would love a forever home. His adoption number is 011603N.

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On his way to understanding himself, according to Matthew 4 and Luke 4, Jesus gets the better of three temptations. There is really no way to know if a tempter materializes or if all the action happens inside Jesus’ head. And really, does it matter? “What makes you think it’s not real just b…

With news of Mississippi’s first presumptive positive case of the new coronavirus, here are steps you should take if you are sick. For more, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.htmlThese are steps you should take if you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you’…

Mississippi’s first presumptive positive case of the new coronavirus was announced by the Mississippi Department of Health on March 11.Here are some steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention you can take to prevent illness. Read more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nc…

Mississippi’s first presumptive positive case of the new coronavirus was announced by the Mississippi Department of Health on March 11.Here are some steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention you can take to prevent illness. Read more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nc…