WEEKLY COLUMN


The Visit Part I

“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” Yazoo City native, Willie Morris, often attributed that quote to William Faulkner. I […]

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This or That

For as long as I remember I have been playing “this or that” type games with my friends and family. I don’t remember the first […]

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Back on the Farm

BLACKBERRY FARM, WALLAND, TN— My wife and I first came here in the 1990s. We returned for our 10th wedding anniversary, and then started coming […]

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From A Fruit Cart

Last week a documentary crew representing the Mississippi Bicentennial set up shop in my hometown and asked eight Hattiesburgers to film a three-minute documentary short […]

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The Parrot at Thirty

When measuring events in history, 30 years is a long time. Wars rarely last that long. Presidential terms are only four years, and even with […]

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Three Blessings a Day

I am feeling blessed this morning. It’s a feeling that I’ve experienced a lot lately. It’s not gratitude for monetary or material things, but for […]

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Enzo’s Olive Oil

“Start with a little oil in the bottom of the skillet,” I recently told my son, while showing him how to cook a dish in […]

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RSJ’s Top 10 of 2017

For the 18 years this column has been published, the final entry in December has been an end-of-the-year list of my top-10 favorite dining experiences […]

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Ugly Food

MILAN— “Ugly foods taste better.” That was the thought that came to me this morning as I was walking in the square in front of […]

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