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

“We can only bring about change in our lives when we clearly see two truths: that the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of fighting our toughest battles, and that by taking the biggest risks, we gain the most valuable rewards.” – Elaine Moran “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit […]

“There are no bad days when you come home to a pug.” – Anonymous “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams “If you remain calm in the midst of great chaos, it is the surest guarantee that it will eventually subside.” – Julie Andrews Edwards ––––– […]

“Easter is never deserved.” – Jan Karon “There is a fragrance in the air, a certain passage of a song, an old photograph falling out from the pages of a book, the sound of somebody’s voice in the hall that makes your heart leap and fills your eyes with tears. Who can say when or […]

“May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young.” – Bob Dylan “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can […]

By Leslie Criss Daily Journal Just in time for an onslaught of spring nuptials, Mississippi author Ashton Lee’s newest novel, the third in The Cherry Cola Book Club series, is ready for readers. “The Wedding Circle,” finds Cherico, Mississippi, librarian Maura Beth Mayhew reaping the rewards for her rebellious stand taken to save the library […]

“No theater could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical connection between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world.” – Kenneth Tynan “Families can be all sorts of things.” – Stephanie Braly-Beutjer “An actor without techies is a naked person standing in the dark trying to emote. A techie […]

By Leslie Criss Daily Journal TUPELO – Tammy Jo Dulaney’s parents hoped their only child would one day get a nursing degree, but a bunch of dolls helped Dulaney find her passion early on. “I loved cutting my Barbie dolls’ hair,” she said. “And they’re all still up in the attic.” Dulaney claims Fulton as […]

“Racism does not have a good track record. It’s been tried out for a long time and you’d think by now we’d want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management.” – Thomas Sowell “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of […]

“I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see – you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location.” – Bob Balaban “I guess when you put all those ingredients – beautiful scenery and beautiful music and children and […]

“It’s impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more puppies.” – Author unknown “Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Bernard Williams ––––– As the snow started sifting from the sky around lunchtime Wednesday, […]