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

“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, […]

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley “Winter bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.” – Montenegrin proverb “When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.” – Lady Bird Johnson ––––– I believe I came into the world a […]

By Leslie Criss Daily Journal Jessica Nelson claims to be the only introvert in a family of theatrical folks. Parents Bud and Lynn Nelson frequently – and with great ease – take the stage at Tupelo Community Theatre. Sister Jennifer also has an impressive roster of TCT roles. Truth be told, Jessica did appear on […]

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley “The only ethical principle is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the […]

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself … It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” – Nelle Harper Lee “As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being […]

“In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.” – Jean-Paul Sartre “Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.” – Walter Scott “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” – Emily Dickinson ––––– Here’s a confession: I’m not that fond of football. It’s true. But, please, […]

“He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.” – Michel de Montaigne “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.” – Anthony Bourdain ––––– Facebook is a source of both fascination and frustration for me. Just as I, years ago, went kicking and […]

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz “Thank ya. Thank ya very much.” – Elvis Presley ––––– My house is within yelling distance of the birthplace of the king of rock ‘n’ roll. When I give Tupelo-familiar folks directions, more often than not they’ll say, “Oh, you live close to Elvis.” I let […]

“Why watch reality TV when I can just open my blinds and look out my window to all the reality I can handle?” – Jarod Kintz “People these days can’t seem to tolerate one moment without entertainment!” – Samuel A. Aykroyd ––––– I’m not a big fan of reality television. Honestly, life is real enough. […]

“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 “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” – Elizabeth Gilbert “The worst loneliness is to not […]