“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – Clarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class ––––– Most newspaper columnists I enjoy reading seem to have at least one column that’s repeated on special occasions. Late journalist Charlie Faulk’s Christmas column “Santa’s Whiskers” […]

Sometimes it’s better to receive than give. Certainly that falls contrary to everything I have been taught all of my life. In my professional career I have tried to live by a 30-year commitment of giving back, but if one is affiliated in any way with a charitable organization, then being on the receiving end […]

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The little nativity set takes up a big space in Ann Karoly's Christmas memories.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal As Christmas morning approaches, the Daily Journal asked readers to help peer into the past, when today’s adults attacked yesterday’s wrapping paper. Most of those old toys and baubles have been long discarded, if not forgotten, but a few survived the decades to become so much more than they […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Before the presents are unwrapped, United Blood Services is hoping donors will consider sharing the gift of life. “We’ve seen an increased need in the last 10 days,” said Lee Hartmann, United Blood Services regional director for field operations. Donations are off the expected pace because of […]

Things are hopping at the North Pole right about now. Santa Claus and his elves have gone way past making lists and checking them twice. Presents are being wrapped and bags filled for Claus’ annual Christmastime delivery. But even amid the late-December rush and run, the self-described Jolly Ol’ Elf took time to answer questions […]

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Inside the chapel at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Tupelo.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal It’s a common adage that a church is the people, not the building. But it’s also true that a church building is more than just a structure. If you ask an architect, any building is. In so many ways, a building is an outward representation of the purpose it helps […]

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Chris Grimes suspends Santa, hanging from a hot air balloon filled with reindeer, from a rope in front of his home on Green Street.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Christmas is Chris Grimes’ favorite holiday. So it’s only fitting that his Green Street house is filled with 26 Christmas trees. “My theory is there’s a lot worse things I could spend my money on,” said Grimes, an asset protection manager at Sam’s Club. Grimes has been collecting […]

Hello, my name is Stephen and I’m a Disorganized Mess” – at least that’s what the top of my desk says about me. Have you ever wished elves would magically slip into your house one night to organize your things while you slept? Or, maybe fantasized about television’s Mission-Organization crew doing a make-over for you? […]

One of the most beautiful plants for Christmas is the amaryllis. The most common color is red or scarlet but they may be pink, white, salmon or combinations. These beautiful plants may be purchased as bulbs or as plants. The larger the bulb, the more profusely will be its blooms (more stalks, more blooms). If […]