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My volunteer work at our local nursing homes grew out of visiting resident members of our church close to 20 years ago. Some interesting experiences during those years have become Kodak moments that will stay with me as long as my memory remains.

Thinking back to four Spring Break trips to Panama City beginning with my senior year in high school, I can’t remember the planning to be too thought consuming. These days, however, a Saturday trip to Tupelo or Tuscaloosa gets me through the week. And when those occasional trips to Birmingha…

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The House met as a whole throughout the week last week to discuss general bills that made it out of committee and onto the calendar. Thursday, Feb. 14, was the deadline for representatives to discuss these general bills. Any bills not discussed in session by this deadline died on the calenda…

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Books are a great way to learn and to travel. The pages of a book can take you to distant lands and even imaginary lands, and books encourage empathy by allowing us to see the world through other eyes.

Last weekend I finally saw “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band Queen. Movies rarely surprise me these days, but this one was different in some ways.

In the back and forth soap opera that is recent zoning issues in Aberdeen, it’s nice to know there’s an escape from it all by flipping on the television. Last week, though, Aberdeen was on there twice at a national level through good and bad representations.

The first time one of my English students from a previous year stopped by my room and said “We miss you Ms. Sherrill,” my heart swelled. Then I asked how they were doing in their new eighth-grade English class. I heard, “We’re not learning anything,” and “I hate going to that woman’s room.” …

With every toast and warm welcome to the New Year, there has got to be at least 10 times as many sentiments from those not wanting to rush into its routine. For every one of you who was off school or work for the holidays, last week was the start of an uphill climb back to normalcy.

From time to time, it’s easy to get sucked into the online edition of large daily newspapers across the country. You can add Tupelo, Starkville and Columbus, multiply them by Biloxi and still never have as much activity going on as several metropolitan areas.

I was invited to come by River Place Nursing Center a couple of weeks before Christmas to get some photos of preschoolers visiting from Uptown Kids Childcare and Learning Center to deliver blankets and candy canes to the residents. Among the children were Charli Kate Adams and her brothers, …

I looked forward to Christmas as much as anyone when I was a child. As an American, the holiday is naturally expected to occur by the young, and it anchors the annual interchange of communication and enterprise among grown-ups. We still do send out Christmas cards, but I must confess that “r…

I’ve caught myself browsing through department stores a little more often the past few weeks. What I thought was going to be the hardest Christmas shopping season to date has actually turned out to be the easiest one so far.

Before we can get still on Christmas Eve after the church services and presents are wrapped, we’ve got to dive into all things Christmas. In case you haven’t already begun the festivities, there will be lots of people at the stores, parades and plenty of lights to see.

I’ve heard it directly from speeches and overheard it from nearby conversations. “We don’t celebrate Memorial Day – it’s a somber day of remembrance of members of the military no longer here.” “We don’t have a party on Memorial Day; that’s Veterans Day.”

The thing about Hobby Lobby is no matter what time of the year it is, autumn, Halloween and Christmas are almost here by means of inventory. If I remember right, it was July this year when the red, white and blue tinsel made way for scarecrows and Pilgrims on that store’s shelves.

During the last decade, the Aberdeen School District has been under fire about its low test scores and inconsistent teacher rosters due to the trails of conservatorship. The worst was expected, the district would fail. Against the odds, Aberdeen is a resilient city with several corners of we…

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As a resident of West Point for the last 22 years, I have experienced how fortunate our community is to have been connected with the North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) hospital and clinic system.

I turned 40 this summer and can hopefully say the days of making really embarrassing mistakes to cringe over 15 years later are done. Although I can’t predict the future, I can make a promise to try really, really hard to not intentionally embarrass myself again.

When my late husband, Hopson, was in about the second or third year of Alzheimer’s, I began to laugh instead of cry. My mind was made up after laughing for the first time in years that I was going to continue to find all the funny things that happened and hug them close because it felt so go…

If I were a diabetic, it’s very likely I would pray for help in making the right choices for my health, but I would also study what diabetes is and what foods to avoid. I would make a point to learn how my body and brain works in relation to that disease.

I’ve been witnessing some doors closed for the last time lately but not the metaphorical kind. Late one recent cloudy Tuesday evening, I took a pretty long time giving a house I knew as home for the majority of my life one last look. A few days later, on a sunny day in Southaven, I helped a …