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A cynical world says people can’t change. Nevertheless, I know people who have drastically changed their lives by altering their thoughts and their outlook on life. You might say they became a better version of themselves by learning how to do the work needed for change.

I’ve been sitting on hold for what undoubtedly is a world’s record, but I’ve put so much time in I hate to hang up. The music they are playing over and over is about to get on my last nerve, but I’m afraid to turn it down very low.

I have always had this thing for the Egyptians. Actually, I adore all history, but the people of long-ago Egypt especially caught my attention, still does.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Georgia Tuesday to push their party's bill to federalize U.S. election procedures on terms favorable to Democrats. "We are going right to the belly of the beast, or ground zero, for voter suppression, voter subversion and obst…

For the last year, we've heard one commentator after another tell us that American democracy is in crisis. The source of that crisis, we are told, is a hard core of the Republican Party that believes the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Joe Biden, therefore, is not a legi…

STARKVILLE — When retired federal prosecutor James B. Tucker died on Dec. 28 at the age of 82, the cause of justice and the rule of law in Mississippi lost a mighty warrior. Tucker was a trusted, impeccable source for me in the 1980s when I covered a copious number of public corruption tria…

What the heck – is 60 really the new 40? Not that I’m 60 – (maybe, maybe not), but what an interesting speculation. I remember when even 40 years old was ancient, don’t you? Hmm, that would mean that 80 is 60 and 100 is 80 – Good Grief!

The Democratic Party's problem with Hispanic voters is worse than leaders think, according to a new assessment by the highly regarded strategist Ruy Teixeira. That conclusion is particularly important because Teixeira wrote the influential 2002 book "The Coming Democratic Majority," which c…

I sat at the piano playing scales, which I did not really enjoy. Who loves playing scales? I wanted to play the little songs in my book, but scales? Really? Mama Ball told me it was important so I dutifully practiced.

Voters in California and Massachusetts have directly passed laws regulating the conditions in which pigs, hens, and calves are housed in industrial agriculture production facilities that may prove to be the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for farmers, producers and consumers in the rest of t…

If you want to understand the world we occupy -- the challenges we face, but more important, the failures we endure -- forget for a moment that this is a day in late December 2021. Think instead that it is October 1943.

I’ve been sitting on hold for what undoubtedly is a world’s record, but I’ve put so much time in I hate to hang up. The music they are playing over and over is about to get on my last nerve, but I’m afraid to turn it down very low.

I have always had this thing for the Egyptians. Actually, I adore all history, but the people of long-ago Egypt especially caught my attention, still does.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Georgia Tuesday to push their party's bill to federalize U.S. election procedures on terms favorable to Democrats. "We are going right to the belly of the beast, or ground zero, for voter suppression, voter subversion and obst…

For the last year, we've heard one commentator after another tell us that American democracy is in crisis. The source of that crisis, we are told, is a hard core of the Republican Party that believes the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Joe Biden, therefore, is not a legi…

STARKVILLE — When retired federal prosecutor James B. Tucker died on Dec. 28 at the age of 82, the cause of justice and the rule of law in Mississippi lost a mighty warrior. Tucker was a trusted, impeccable source for me in the 1980s when I covered a copious number of public corruption tria…

What the heck – is 60 really the new 40? Not that I’m 60 – (maybe, maybe not), but what an interesting speculation. I remember when even 40 years old was ancient, don’t you? Hmm, that would mean that 80 is 60 and 100 is 80 – Good Grief!

The Democratic Party's problem with Hispanic voters is worse than leaders think, according to a new assessment by the highly regarded strategist Ruy Teixeira. That conclusion is particularly important because Teixeira wrote the influential 2002 book "The Coming Democratic Majority," which c…

I sat at the piano playing scales, which I did not really enjoy. Who loves playing scales? I wanted to play the little songs in my book, but scales? Really? Mama Ball told me it was important so I dutifully practiced.

Voters in California and Massachusetts have directly passed laws regulating the conditions in which pigs, hens, and calves are housed in industrial agriculture production facilities that may prove to be the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for farmers, producers and consumers in the rest of t…

If you want to understand the world we occupy -- the challenges we face, but more important, the failures we endure -- forget for a moment that this is a day in late December 2021. Think instead that it is October 1943.

Missy pads along the hardwood floors at my daughter’s house sniffing here and there as she checks out her new digs for a few days. I think she enjoys visiting as much as I do, but she is definitely a warm weather girl.

President Joe Biden and Capitol Hill Democrats are racing to pass their massive social spending bill, known as Build Back Better, before Christmas. Maybe they'll succeed, and maybe they won't -- a lot depends on whether Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin hops on board. But no one should have any i…

The clouds hang heavy on this sultry day while my cold weather gear dangles in the closet until another chilly blast makes me reach for a sweater, but today the temperatures and calendar are at odds.

“The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity, hope for pardon, the hope of peace with God, hope for glory, because at the Father’s will Jesus Christ became poor, and was born in a stable so that 33 years later He might hang on a cross.” --J.I. Packer

At times, you might have been forgiven for thinking that oral arguments over the Dobbs case were being held before the Health and Human Services Committee of the Pennsylvania state Senate, or some other legislative body.

One theme of Democratic control of Washington has been frustration, especially among the party's progressive wing and its cheerleaders in the media, that Democrats have not been able to enact their progressive dream agenda from the 2020 campaign. Dreams such as nationalizing the administrat…

Standing in line at the pharmacy. Watched a man pay $900 for a monthly prescription. Must absolutely need that medicine. Wondered what sacrifices he and his family make to pay that much.

The Queen City greeting from country music star Josh Turner – from the stage of the MSU Riley Center’s grand opera house – was robust, easily rousing a nearly-packed house.

Remember when Joe Biden ran for president in what commentators called the “centrist” lane of the Democratic primaries? The idea was that a “moderate” like Biden, unlike rival Bernie Sanders, would not push radical plans to completely change American society. That would reassure non-progress…

It was cold last Tuesday morning. The weather we have all longed for finally arrived and I rather enjoyed seeing my breathe in front of my face as I walked to the garage.

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum grabbed headlines over his comments in a meeting of the Post-Secondary Board recently. “Got a 17 on your ACT? Mark Keenum doesn’t want you at Mississippi State,” screamed a Mississippi Today headline.

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