After the Fourth of July, I usually say to Mother Nature: “Just let ‘er rip.”
This year, however, she started a wee bit too early for me. Granted, we have had nearly enough rain so far, but the next week bodes a really dry one.
So between sipping iced tea in the shade and dragging the snarled hose around, I leave a little time for pondering some of these truisms of nature. (July 23, 2010, Page 2B)
As each artist puts his or her signature on their art work, sushi chef Kobchai “Joe” Timrattsmna marks his original sushi creations with a specially carved, fan-shaped apple slice.
“It is my style,” he said while working on a sunshine roll at Two Stick recently. (July 23, 2010, Page 1B)
Joanne Wilkinson describes a place that is one her favorite places, the Oxford public library. Read why Wilkinson feels that Oxford’s library is both welcoming and innovative. (July 16, 2010, Page 1B)
The Oxford Fire Department is teaching kids emergency skills that will last a lifetime. In its second year, the Fire Academy taught campers how to stay safe during a fire and bicycle safety tips. The Fire Academy is offered to children of Oxford and Lafayette County free of charge. This year’s session had 36 children attend. (July 16, 2010, Page 1B)
This week columnist Jack Mayfield uncovered a letter issued by William Faulkner’s hunting group to King Gustav of Sweden. Read about one of the most interesting stories told about Faulkner and his personal life, found only in this weeks Oxford Living section. (July 16, 2010, Page 3B)
With a love of flight and 50 acres of property, David Tomlin turned 1,900 feet of his property into a landing strip. It took five years and lots of help to turn dense forest into what has been jokingly dubbed, “Harmontown’s International Airport.” (July 9, 2010, Page 1B)
With the upcoming Faulkner Conference later in July, columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield will focus on the local people and stories that Faulkner befriended. (July 9, 2010, Page 3B)
Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried by the sun. However, on Tuesday at the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library, creative youngsters turned paper towel rolls, tacks and imagination into some pretty impressive rainsticks. (July 1, 2010, Page 1B)
This Fourth of July weekend, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church invites the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County to attend a celebration of their 150 years in their church building located on the corner of Jackson Avenue and North 9th Street. (July 1, 2010, Page 6B)
Becoming a Master Gardener is way more rewarding that I expected.
I am so amazed by the beauty and “raw-ness” of the nature in Mississippi. I have an area in my backyard with kudzu, honeysuckle, other vines and trees that is as wild as any growth. It’s like Tarzan could come swinging through at any moment — hopefully Jane, also. (July 1, 2010, Page 6B)