Pasta has Been on Americans’ - and my - Mind
“After extensive efforts, we regretfully announce that Ronzoni Pastina is being discontinued.” The Jan. 3 announcement from the long-time pasta manufacturer sent shock waves through America. Headlines like, “Pastini fans are devastated!” and “Mourning continues for pastini” dominated the internet and air waves for days. Despite being a pasta lover, I’ve never tasted pastina. A little research reminded me why it’s never been on my must-try list.
Pastini actually means “little pasta.” I like . . .
Just saw my first snowdrops of the season, which alerts Southern horticulturists that I am nowhere near my Mississippi garden, where real snowdrops grow poorly if at all.
True snowdrops, named Galanthus, are winter blooming bulbs with little teardrop shaped white flower buds that open up with two or three flattened outer “wings” and tiny green hearts on the smaller inner petals; they need a longer, cooler season than do our very common snowflakes (Leucojum), which have little green dots on be . . .
Terry’s Creek News
The Praise Team opened our morning service with praises to our Heavenly Father. Bro. LaVerne Summerlin had the opening prayer, welcome and announcements. We had a very good number of people in attendance.
Bro. LaVerne’s message was “The End of Time: Part 3” from Matthew 24:6-14. The evening message was “Time of Suffering” from Revelation 2:8-11.
The bon fire and fellowship that was planned for Saturday night was cancelled because of the rain. Will be scheduled for another time.
The Ladies . . .
Why I love Mississippi
I first learned of Mississippi when in the early grades I learned to spell it like many other young students, with the,” Mi crooked letter, crooked letter I, and the rest.” My next foray into Mississippi was in December 1954 when as an eighteen-year-old, fresh out of Air Force basic training in Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, New York, I boarded a Greyhound Bus for this unknown place called Biloxi, Mississippi. My next few months were to be spent at Keesler AFB to learn all there was to know ab . . .
Osyka Elementary Participates in School Choice Week
NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK AT OES-- Osyka Elementary School is participating in National School Choice Week, January 22-28, which celebrates effective education options for children. It encourages families to discover schools and education settings that best meet their needs. The program is hosted by our counselor, Takeshia Jefferson-Pickens, in her Character Education classes. Pictured with her are sixth graders D’Artagnan Brumfield and Shakayla Hurst. . . .
Now 5-Years-Old, the Two Mississippi Museums are Making this State a Better Place
Mississippi’s 216th anniversary as a state arrives in December. Its Two Mississippi Museums have just turned 5-years-old.
You’d think packing more than two centuries of life into just two historical halls of that young age would be impossible. However, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has met the challenge.
There’s a lot of history squeezed into those buildings on North Street, near the Old Capitol.
Some of it is drop-dead stunning in its beauty.
Some of it is . . .
‘Best Sandwiches in Mississippi’ - Here are my Favorites
Forgetting one of my “favorites” from the Top Restaurant Meals and Supermarket Products of 2022” list – the Burger-Burger at the Biloxi restaurant by the same name - triggered a train of thought that ultimately led to a list of some of the best sandwiches in Mississippi. In case it appears I’m being forgetful again – after all, isn’t something called “Burger-Burger” actually a, well, burger? The answer is…”not really” and here’s why.
This delicious creation, a favorite of Coast residents, tou . . .
Felder’s Indoor Plants:
Mid-Winter Maintenance Tips
Just like people, cooped up indoor plants can use a midwinter break. But unlike humans’ Seasonal Affective Disorder, tropical plants have their own brand of misery andcan’t just waltz out the door for a stretch in the sunshine.
The other day I shuffled my moribund-looking house bound plants, mostly small pots of succulents and heirloom favs but also some back-straining larger ones, outside to get perked up with a dose of gentle winter solar radiation, a breath of humid fresh air, and a good . . .
Public speaking, a lost art!
I never cease to be amazed by the lack of preparedness of public speakers in today’s times. Starting with the president of the United States reading his speeches; whether they are written for him by a room-full of speechwriters or on occasion he speaks “off the cuff” it is still sad. The latest example of read speeches was Friday’s introduction of the new Director of Athletics at Mississippi State University, watching him, it appeared that he read every word.
Then there is the over use of fil . . .
Can a Democrat Get Elected to
The Governor’s Mansion?
Democrat Brandon Presley wasted no time in grabbing hold of the populism theme in announcing his bid to unseat Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.
“I ain’t never owned a tennis racket. I ain’t never had a sweater wrapped around my waist and I ain’t never been a member of a country club,” Presley said Jan. 12 in an interview about his decision to square off against Reeves.
Just in case there were some elitist who didn’t quite get what Presley was saying, he added this:
“I’m in . . .
“Just As I Am” - The Story of Charlotte Elliott
You know this hymn by heart I’m sure... it is a song very familiar to most churchgoing folk as we stand firmly clutching the pew in front of us and often trying unsuccessfully to suppress our tears. We knew that “Just As I Am” was coming as the altar call when the song leader said, “Please stand and turn in your hymnals to page 240.” In a small country church, if things went as usual that Sunday morning, we would make it through two or perhaps three verses and the preacher would quietly signal . . .
Raymond Garden Club Christmas
RAYMOND GARDEN CLUB -- Congratulations to Rickey and Lynne Hartley at 114 Pine View Drive for being selected as Raymond Garden Club Christmas Lighting Winner.
RAYMOND GARDEN CLUB -- Congratulations to Jack and Michelle Lee at 552 Faculty Drive for being selected as Raymond Garden Club Lighting Honorable Mention. . . .