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 think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway … let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” – C. […]

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Khalil Gibran “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Author unknown ––––– After my mother’s death, my sister and I were going […]

“A hero is a man who does what he can.” – Romain Rolland “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss ––––– When I […]

“A dog teaches fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” – Robert Benchley “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx “The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with […]

“The Devil himself had probably re-designed Hell in the light of the information he had gained from observing airport layouts.” Anthony Price “All human life can be found in an airport.” David Walliams Until one Saturday in late July, I would tell you how much I love an airport. No matter where it was, an […]

“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 […]