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 thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of its size until I campaigned it.” Former Governor Ann Richards “Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas.” Senator William Blakley “Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” John Howard […]

“Who can protest an injustice but does not is an accomplice to the act.” – The Talmud “In those days, at least in my small town, parents didn’t seem to worry so much about what their kids were doing as long as they made it home in time for dinner.” – K. Martin Beckner “We […]

“Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.” – Mignon McLaughlin “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves – say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo ––––– Later this week I’ll be sitting in the audience at The Lyric to watch Tupelo […]

“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 […]