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For the past two decades my body weight has fluctuated substantially, up and down, gaining and losing, in both directions. It’s nothing I’m proud of, but it’s also not something I worry too much about. My personal physician stays on my case about dropping poundage (as he should) and— save th…

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Bill and Lisa Lent and Todd Ullman, all of Cobleskill, New York, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Nicole Ullman of Memphis, Tennessee, to Justin Newman of Memphis. He is the son of Ray and Lori Newman of Olive Branch.

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Years ago, when I first came to Tuscany, I wrote a few columns about how this area reminded me of home. It spoke to me like no other country or region in Europe. Life in Tuscany moves slower, just like life in the American South. The people seem to stop and enjoy the simple things. Tuscans, …

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My wife doesn’t believe in expiration dates. Seriously, she thinks that the “use by” date on a package or carton is merely a suggestion. Last week I found a can of vegetables in the back of the pantry that had expired during the Clinton administration.

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My son eats too fast. He likely acquired that habit from his old man. I don’t know from whom I inherited my speed eating. It’s nothing I’m proud of, and in social settings I try my best to slow down. Though my son has one eating speed— full fork ahead.

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This year’s DeSoto’s Best effort to find the best in DeSoto County was culminated with a festive event at the Gin at Nesbit, celebrating the winners in the nearly 200 different categories.

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William and Deborah Grote of Austin, Texas are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Hailey Grote to Charlie Davidson of San Antonio, Texas, son of  Charles and Betty Davidson of Hernndo.

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The restaurant business is a harsh mistress. She is brutal on your mental and physical health, and very demanding of your time and resources. Yet I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. I love what I do.

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The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi attracted a large response for its annual Crystal Ball 2019 fundraiser event Saturday at the Arena at Southaven. Community Service Awards and the Star of Hope Award to author/journalist Jesse Holland were part of the gala, which was themed, “…

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There’s something in the water around here. That’s got to be the answer. I’ve been trying to drink a lot more of it lately. Maybe that’s not a good thing. Ever heard about “getting bent outta shape?” I’ve got a finger that’s getting bent. I’ve got one bony old finger that has developed a def…

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“We don’t have your rooms, Mr. St. John.” Those are the words a tour leader never wants to hear. The words weren’t, “We don’t have your rooms ready, Mr. St. John, because housekeeping is running a little behind.” Or “We don’t have your rooms ready, Mr. St. John because the laundry is down, a…

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You know you’re getting old when the holidays exhaust you before they even get here. I think it is mostly the stress of getting everybody shopped for, packages wrapped and planning that fantastic meal that all the family so looks forward to. 

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The internet is chock full of get-rich-quick scams. Have you read any of the spams in your email telling you about the wealth you are missing? According to the advertisements, you can make a gazillion bucks the first month working part-time. You can buy a vacation home in Hawaii, send the ki…

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Recently we hosted a small gathering of friends. My wife had worked hard to prepare several dips, spreads, and hors d’oeuvres for the group to go along with the alcoholic punches she conjures up for such occasions. In the middle of the party, I walked to the refrigerator and pulled out a blo…

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