In the popular 1970’s book, “Stalking the Wild Asparagus,” by Euell Gibbons, the author devotes a chapter to the edible tubers of an early spring wildflower, Spring Beauty, Clatonia virginica. He absolutely rhapsodizes about these little tubers being an epicurean delight. Should one be an adventuresome gourmet, Spring Beauty, carpeting many a field, roadside, meadow, […]

Azaleas have been magnificent this spring. I love seeing the mounds of pink, red and white flowers dotting our Mississippi landscapes. But to tell you the truth, I’ve been waiting for another of my favorite spring-flowering shrubs that doesn’t get as much attention: the Indian hawthorn. Indian hawthorn is one of what I call blue-collar […]

Gardening with young children helps us to understand how much a garden has to offer. Additionally, our nation has recently had a garden planted at the White House, with including children in this endeavor. Young children have a natural curiosity and a love of dirt that allows them to be totally uninhibited when working with […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – On Wednesday, a reviewer with The Washington Post called Greg Iles’ latest novel, “Mississippi Blood,” “spectacular.” On Thursday, the Natchez-based author met with a bunch of Mississippi readers who didn’t need to be told what to expect from an Iles book. “I love Greg’s writing a lot, […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Bonsai trees, sushi and origami are just some of the samplings you’ll find at Ballard Park on Sunday. Now in its second year, the North Mississippi Cherry Blossom Festival, presented by the city of Tupelo and Toyota Mississippi, offers a unique look at Japanese heritage and culture […]

Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A Starkville teen has made his way to the top 10 of the “MasterChef Junior” culinary competition. Mark Coblentz, the son of Robbie and Bonnie Coblentz, made a deconstructed s’more to hang onto one of the coveted spots in Thursday night’s show. Coblentz was among 40 junior home cooks between the […]

JACKSON (AP) – Elvis Presley, William Faulkner and B.B. King are among the first 18 members of a hall of fame at a Meridian museum that will honor the arts and entertainment in Mississippi. The $50 million Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, projected to open early next year, will include exhibits, performance spaces and a […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – If there’s one thing maestro Steven Byess loves, it’s collaboration. That’s what makes the annual semi-stage performance event from the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera and the University of Memphis musical theater program such a big event. Coming off the heels of previous NMSO performances […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Slip into your blue suede shoes and get ready to dance through the weekend in Tupelo with Dancing with the King. The fourth annual event, designed to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s music and provide scholarships for young dancers in the community, starts Friday at […]