Leslie Criss


Leslie Criss is features and special sections editor, and writes an award-winning weekly column. She has worked at the Daily Journal for 14 years. She has three dogs who live at her house: George, a Jack Russell terrier mix; Thom Thumb, a chihuahua; and Sally, a rescued Pug. Her hopes remain high that the generations to come will not one day pick up a newspaper and have to ask, "What is this?" Newspapers rock.

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Stories Written by Leslie Criss

“I once saw a politician walking a dog, and I thought, ‘How absurd – an animal walking an animal.’ Then I thought, ‘If given the choice, I’d rather vote for the dog.’” – Jarod Kintz “I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.” – Cesar Millan “I love a dog. He […]

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway “Books are like mirrors: If a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.” – J.K. Rowling ––––– I love books. Old and new. I […]

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” Dean Koontz “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring […]

“There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you’ve carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.” – Sarah Dessen “There is nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.” – Betty MacDonald “Candy […]

By Leslie Criss Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s been quite a week for a goose named Charlie. A resident of Ballard Park for the past two years, the Toulouse goose found himself in some trouble last weekend when he became tangled in some fishing line. Lucky for Charlie, Susan Hudson received a call from Neely […]

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you […]

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer “They talked in the shorthand of old friends and shared memories.” – Dee Henderson “When […]

“The bird dares to break the shell, then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly. This is the simplest principle of success. You dream, you dare and you fly.” Israelmore Ayivor “I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” James M. Barrie “The sharp thrill […]

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi “Blessed are the pacemakers.” – Charles D. Mitchell ––––– From my Arizona-born mother, I inherited much – an […]

“A person whose house is only open on the west can’t see the sun rise at dawn; it’s only seen when the sun sets at dusk. If one tries to compare the color and appearance of the two, one will go on arguing forever …” “The fault lies not with the vision but with the […]