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

“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, […]

“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 […]