By Riley Manning Daily Journal The 15 members of the Africa University Choir have journeyed a long way to perform at venues across Mississippi and North Carolina. In country since the middle of May, the choir has belted its songs for retirement homes, churches and civic clubs from Graceland to Hattiesburg. “We’ve gotten different responses […]

Did you know that the honeybee is the only insect to produce a useable surplus of honey? The wasp and the yellowjacket make a watery, honey-like substance, but that’s like saying Coca-Cola makes Coke, and Chek Cola also makes a Coke-like substance. Neither the wasp nor the yelowjacket makes a surplus. Then again, who’d want […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Rev. David Pannell has long considered himself an outcast, of sorts. The son of a fire-and-brimestone Christian Church pastor, over the years he has been a farmer, a journalist, a man of almost no faith, a Unitarian, as well as a father, husband and now preacher. “But I have […]

A couple of days ago, I was in a well-known restaurant that specializes in breakfast. If I told you the name, you’d know it. Let’s call it Flapjack Home. It’s the kind of place where the waitresses scream orders in code and you can watch the cook smother and cover hashbrowns with cheese and cigarette […]

Simon Bolivar said, “The fool plows the sea.” I would add, “And the Labrador plows the sidewalk.” Let me explain. We recently adopted a rescue dog – a yellow Labrador Retriever named Snow. She’s about a year old and about fifty pounds, but she has the strength of many horses. She is, to use a […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Maybe you know how it is. It’s a middle-of-the-week night and one of your children needs help with their homework, perhaps another is crying. You or your spouse is trying to whip up something to eat while the other is trying to get another child dressed for a little league […]

By Rachel Zoll AP Religion Writer NEW YORK – The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Christianity is still the […]

Daily Journal New Dimension Community Church will host a youth event May 23rd, featuring guest speakers O’nae Chatman, blogger and graduate of Morehouse College’s School of Religion, and Tony “Bigg Tone” Price, CEO of Columbus-based record label Kingdom Flowz. Beginning at 4 p.m., musical guests will include Christian rap artists Noble1, Tharius Conley, IamLenflow, and […]


Susan and I are empty-nesters these days. Our kids are grown and we have a couple of grandsons who live in Knoxville – Davey, age 3, and Milo, age 1. We are going to pick them up this afternoon and bring them to Mississippi for a few days. We’ve been getting ready for them for […]