Errol Castens


I'm a news reporter and columnist for the Daily Journal and the Oxford Citizen. Focusing on Oxford and Lafayette County, I've been a part of the L-O-U community since 1991.

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Stories Written by Errol Castens

A cache of Codgertations: • Pokemon Go seemed to be taking over the world, and I was sitting on my curmudgeonly porch wearing my curmudgeonly suspenders, drinking my curmudgeonly coffee and working up a curmudgeonly cud-chewing about how foolish today’s kids are to spend so much time, effort and money on something so useless. Then […]

A certain youngster, who in the interest of mercy will remain unnamed, had gone swimming twice already this week. He had played with the majority of a “Nana’s house” collection of toys that would have made me bug-eyed at his age. The boy had been patiently humored through forty-eleven-dozen games of restaurant, which allowed him […]

The 7-year-old grandboy, recently having acquired a butterfly net, was determined to catch a bumblebee. Hoping he might consider the ramifications before undertaking that particular plan, I asked what he would do with one if he caught it. “Put it on the tricycle,” he said, as though the trike’s value as an entomological showcase was […]

The big SUV pulls into a freshly baled hayfield in west Tupelo. Frank Anger and his crew – Neil, Rhonda and Charity – quickly unburden the trailer behind it of a few hundred pounds of bright fabric, a wicker basket and assorted hardware. After five minutes of hand labor, two fans quickly fill the balloon, […]

What a poorer world it would be if Earth were not tilted permanently at 23.5 degrees off of vertical (in relation to its orbit). If we lived between 65 and 75 degrees all year, we wouldn’t revel in fall’s first breath of cool air and the kaleidoscopic landscapes that follow. We wouldn’t thrill with the […]

Grandmama’s roots went deep into the sandy soil of south Alabama, and for many years after moving to Mississippi as a 19-year-old bride, she brought a little of home with her by subscribing to the Mobile newspaper. Coming in the mail, it would always be a day or two or three after publication when she, […]

Our congregation is in the early stages of designing a new church building. Personally, I think the old converted skating rink that’s been the church’s home for nearly 20 years is almost perfect: All it needs are an expanded sanctuary, a new Olympic-size nursery wing (there must be something in the water around here causing […]

Apparently the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is, like “The Little Red Hen” and other morality tales familiar to previous generations, unheard of by many Americans today. Just in case you’re a little rusty on it yourself, the Hans Christian Andersen story involves an emperor who takes great pride in his fashionable attire. Some swindlers […]

Sue and I celebrated our silver anniversary recently, and while we see a lot of ways we’ve grown together, some twains will apparently never meet. Take the other day, for instance. We were sitting in town, enjoying a leisurely bite while watching people and conversing about whatever was on our minds. We talked about kids […]

Dear graduating high school senior, You will get all kinds of advice this season. Some will advise you that anything other than a four-year college is a waste of your life – and, depending on your grades and skills, that anything less than a top-flight school is a major error. Others will suggest community college […]