Give or take a few mornings, for decades I’ve awakened around 5 a.m., I have stumbled into the kitchen, put on a pot of coffee, strolled down the driveway with dogs in tow, grabbed the paper out of the Journal box, poured a mug of java with a dash of vanilla creamer and perched atop […]

If you had stopped by the house this past week, you might have thought me a super villain. I spent the bulk of my after-work hours in a recliner with an orange kitten in my lap, and I contemplated the end of the world. Actually, I was watching the Republican National Convention, except when I […]

Most of us, if we are lucky, have one place in our lives we have seen that exceeds all expectations, that we keep in our minds like an escape hatch from the dreary routine of daily existence or failed dreams. France is mine, a personal Magic Kingdom. I know, I know. It’s not perfect, never […]

Do you think health care in Mississippi is improving?




Northeast Mississippi health care and health status in a new health system report validates two hospital referral regions encompassing virtually all of the northeast counties with some improving scores. A comprehensive report issued by the Commonwealth Fund of New York placed the Tupelo region and the Memphis region (which includes Holly Springs, Corinth and Ripley) […]

If you were to ride shotgun in my car right now (hold on, let me throw everything in the passenger seat to the back) you’d probably get a feel for my interests or personality just from being in the vehicle. On the dash, there’s usually a notepad and pen, ready to be scooped up in […]

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 […]

Will the newly redesigned and refurbished downtown Tupelo attract more businesses and residents?




Will the newly redesigned and refurbished downtown Tupelo attract more businesses and residents?