Forgive me, but I’m late for the party, or in this case, the wake. Like many of you, I’ve lost a much-admired celebrity. My wife came with crying eyes and told me Robin Williams had died. I didn’t react much at the time, and I was puzzled by that. Where was my celebrity grief? I’d […]

President Barack Obama gave vent this week to an uncharacteristic show of emotion over the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley by the militant jihadi group the Islamic State. He denounced the group as a “cancer” in the region and accused it of rampaging “across cities and villages, killing unarmed civilians in cowardly acts […]

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. I’ve met some brave people in my life: survivors of war, politics, natural disasters – and one heroic woman in the Mississippi Delta who lived most of her life in an iron lung. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone braver than the beautiful and elegant Anne Butler of this enchanting Louisiana […]

Today’s formal groundbreaking celebration for a new Mugshots restaurant in downtown Tupelo’s Fairpark District further confirms the vision of Tupelo’s leaders who saw in a nearly derelict parcel of land in the city’s heart the potential for an extensive new generation of investment reflective of 21st century expectations, preferences and possibilities. Mugshots, which has 11 […]

U.S. airstrikes that have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces recapture a strategic dam and halt, at least temporarily, the advance of ISIS terrorists on the Kurdish capital of Erbil are a welcome pushback against a relentless enemy that for a time seemed invincible. But it may be of no more strategic significance than Jimmy Doolittle’s […]

I’m weird. I like to meditate on – and occasionally write about – subjects that don’t often come up in conversation, at least among my friends. Looking-for-shapes-in-clouds or remembering-certain-images-from-long-ago kinds of musings. A while back I wrote about some of my favorite olfactory experiences, for instance. This week, I’ve been thinking of some sounds I […]

Toyota’s investment in the PUL Alliance counties (Pontotoc, Union and Lee) with a sprawling auto assembly plant drives home the need for constantly changing and improving career education initiatives and encouragement in public schools whose evolving excellence is the goal of a $50 million gift called The Toyota Endowment. Making the most of the endowment […]

In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity. Washington’s response to the menace […]

Journalist, author and professor Curtis Wilkie, who honed his writing skills on news fronts from Beirut to Bourbon Street, has dipped his pen into Gothic politics of Mississippi and the South and explored how the region may look in the post-Tea Party era. After roaming the world for 25 years covering news hotspots, Wilkie fortunately […]