“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela ––––– Have you ever heard the phrase “sick enough to die?” I have heard that phrase all […]

My philosophical bone twitched today when I put my iPhone music app on shuffle. The first song to pop up was “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas. It’s a beautiful, slow song. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it. Sometimes, it’s background noise, like now as I listen again while writing […]

In one sleepy motion, I hit a snooze button on the hotel’s clock that chums up the sound of breaking waves. Ah, a soundtrack from the past. Comfort noise. My first memories are from this pastel place, where Coke-bottle-colored waves and blinding sand figured prominently into the idyllic scheme of things. I cherish the Panhandle […]

Legislation that would provide significant reform to Mississippi’s campaign finance laws is heading to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant following nearly a year of conversations regarding the need for more oversight after similar measures were defeated during last year’s session. The reforms being proposed are a welcome sign that legislators recognize the need for […]

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives. Let me explain. Donald Trump’s triumph last year was based […]

I’m not one to go “all in” on things too quickly. It was months before I listened to the “Hamilton” soundtrack. It was even longer before I gave Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” documentary a go. In my defense, I hear about these things, I just don’t board the hype train too easily. This goes ten-fold […]

A number of organizations across Northeast Mississippi received critical grant funding this week to continue ongoing efforts to preserve, enhance, promote and interpret the culture and heritage resources of our region. On Tuesday, the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area Alliance awarded another 15 grants totaling more than $117,000. Grant amounts ranged from $1,130 to $20,000 […]

A rough translation of Maryland’s state motto is “Strong Deeds, Gentle Words.” In the case of a 14-year-old girl who was recently raped and sodomized in a restroom at Rockville High School by two males students, both immigrants, one facing a deportation hearing, that motto in practice has been reversed. The police report of the […]

“Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.” The problem is not that, as is frequently said, no entitlement can be ended. The most consequential legislation of the 1990s, the 1996 […]