Living

5 weeks 6 days ago
We have had long stretches without rain here.  The days are hotter than a dragon’s tongue, and the nights are not much cooler.  These past few weeks, clouds to the west and east had drenched swaths of Alabama, but it was almost as if Empire was under an umbrella.  This past weekend when I checked the radar, it looked...
7 weeks 19 hours ago
William Walter Dodd, the first representative from Attala County in the Mississippi Legislature, was a very prominent plantation owner.  The William Dodd Cemetery is located on the old Dodd home place five miles south of Kosciusko off Highway 35.  Having the notoriety of naming the town of Kosciusko after Polish General Tadeusz...
7 weeks 19 hours ago
I envy people like the late Steve Jobs, who was one of the creators of Apple. It was not his wealth or health that was enviable, but his ability to understand with certainty what would resonate with people. Having this gift would be handy. It was what made him wealthy. Jobs realized from the beginning that not everyone is a computer nerd; some...
7 weeks 20 hours ago
I had so many cousins scattered all through my family as I was growing up that I never lacked for a playmate.   One of my cousins was the oldest of four, and her family lived on a farm out close to Hesterville, right on Highway 35. She and I were cousins but also friends. They were real farmers!  They lived very modestly, just as we...
8 weeks 20 hours ago
Jamie Sample, biology teacher at Kosciusko High School, served as the group leader for a tour to England, France and Italy, with EF (Education First) Tours.  EF Tours is a tour company based in Boston. A total 21 students and six adults traveled with Mrs. Sample on her seventh tour abroad.  Students touring from Kosciusko were...
8 weeks 20 hours ago
It is a wonder I never got hooked on tobacco. Most of the people I adored during my formative years smoked, dipped or chewed, but for reasons I will explain later, I never did. I remember my grandpa Charlie Watson smoking as he sat in his overalls on an oak stump the size of a No. 3 washtub. None of those sissified filtered smokes for him. No...
8 weeks 20 hours ago
As I was making breakfast for my husband the other morning, I was reminded of my grandmother’s breakfast which she prepared for my granddaddy every morning.  I, like her, make homemade biscuits every morning.   It does not matter that mine come from a Pillsbury bag of frozen biscuits. Somebody made them.  She, of course,...
8 weeks 6 days ago
School starts back this week for many areas around the country, and I spent time reflecting about my early days in school.  Some kids would rather step barefoot on a rusty nail than go back to school in August. Fortunately, the first bell did not ring until after Labor Day when I was a kid, and I was excited to begin my education. My...
8 weeks 6 days ago
There is a part of me that wants to turn back time. Back to where doors were left open and you could call with a dime. Back to where living was easy, simple, and slow. We could walk down the street, not afraid we should go. Kids played ball outside till dark. Families and friends had picnics in the parks. Video games were in the...
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