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Whether it is the hot weather, the age of your landscape or simply the need for change, a late summer makeover can help you increase your landscape’s beauty. Put the “wow” back into your garden with a few new plantings, garden art or other simple improvements.

One of the less desirable places where most of us find ourselves from time to time is the waiting room. It’s a place filled with emotions that can vary from dread to disgust. I have experienced waiting rooms as both patient and journalist awaiting consultations, as well as treatment.

Being the oldest at the office among my colleagues, I find amusement in today’s conversational English as I hear conversations around me. I find interesting the expressions and clichés of today that pretty much use the same words that I grew up with but have gotten different meanings with th…

Rage Against the Machine. Public Enemy. Charlie Daniels. Tupac Shakur. Could all those guys ever wail when they had a microphone in their hands. Oh, at the hours I spent when I was in junior high and high school singing along with what they said...even though I didn’t fully comprehend most o…

From staying up late hostessing for people coming to El Rey for tacos to getting up at an early hour for workouts at Tupos. From nurturing a growing family to nurturing a growing relationship with my work family. These are just a few of the many highlights of my last five years.

I’ve been sitting in on an unusual number of school board meetings this summer, empathizing with educators and board members trying to sort out a bewildering array of options for reinventing education in the face of a global pandemic.

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Some people have told me, “Hope isn’t a strategy.” Simply hoping something will happen doesn’t make it happen. I agree, but I also think hope is an integral part of supporting a successful strategy. With the rising number of new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, is there an opportunity for hope…

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Many drivers and pedestrians pay little or no attention at railroad crossings they drive across day after day. They don’t realize that freight trains do not run on set schedules and can be anywhere at any time going in any direction. And now is a time to be even more cautious since the speed…

When my children were young I had them smell things to imprint things deeply. In my lectures, I often show a photo of Zoe with her face deep in a big magnolia flower and explain that no matter who or where she ends up, for the rest of her life every time she encounters a magnolia flower, its…

During the past several weeks, you’ve probably heard about occupied zones in Seattle and about monuments being defaced in Washington D.C. If you haven’t heard, here in Monroe County, people come together for more positive outcomes.

If, as a healthy adult, I’m in a relationship that isn’t serving me, I know I need to make some changes. For example, if I’m always giving and the other person is always taking, or if I’m constantly having to defend the relationship to others, then I should know something is wrong. Perhaps s…

The stories of how the global coronavirus pandemic have brought out the best in people were just gathering some momentum when the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minnesota by a white police officer turned things upside down. Battling the virus briefly seemed to unite everyone against a comm…

Every four years, Olympics enthusiasts in these parts cheer for Team USA during the summer games. With every summer Olympics season, there are the Carl Lewises, Mary Lou Rettons, Michael Phelpses and Simone Bileses who shine on the world’s stage, make a name for themselves and spark a differ…

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For less than a year now, the coronavirus COVID-19 has been infecting people around the world, changing the way we live and work dramatically. There is a lot that is unknown about this novel disease, but there are a few things that are certain.

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The safety, health and well-being of Monroe County’s residents are always the top priority of our health care providers. The COVID-19 pandemic has made all of us reevaluate how we do any number of activities and for many patients, that has included delaying or avoiding seeing a physician.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi hospitals have stepped up to build and staff temporary treatment facilities; overcome personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilator shortages; and care for the sick and dying – often at great personal sacrifice. Mississippi’s nearly 60,000 hospi…

Living in northeast Mississippi, there are plenty of things you’re used to seeing on a regular basis. A field full of some sort of crop during the growing season, church parking lots full of cars and stadium lights illuminating small towns on Fridays in late summer and the fall are just thre…

While those of us who call northeast Mississippi home have never felt the concept of the 100-year flood as intimately as our fellow citizens of Mississippi Delta, we are in close enough proximity to be familiar with the concept. I recall in college when there was such an event that struck th…

When this pandemic began, life was crazy for us all. So many overwhelming feelings, the scary thoughts forming from the unknown, stress from financial changes and burdens, routines being messed up, loneliness due to social distancing…the list can go on and on.

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It’s February, 1962. As a 14-year-old girl, I sat on the floor in front of the cast iron wood stove inside our unpainted, mostly unheated cabin in the woods near Noel, Missouri. As I put the kindling in the stove, I stirred the coals and watched the flame ignite. Looking deep within the fire…