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In the 1960s and early 1970s of my youth, there wasn’t a lot of dining out in my family. Most special occasions were hosted by my grandmother in her dining room. On the rare instance our family dined out, my favorite restaurant was a place called Captain John’s.

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There are many ways to sum up a person’s personality and character. Attaching labels to them is a shortcut, but probably the most frequently used. I am called a restaurateur, columnist, author, tour leader and a few other choice — and sometimes unsavory — things. But of all of the titles or …

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With 2020 only days away, I cannot quit thinking about the changes our family is soon to undergo in just 10 weeks or so.  While I know my husband and I will have a lot of adjusting to do, I cannot imagine what KJ will be experiencing soon. Not only will KJ be promoted to a big brother in 202…

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Memories are the fuel that ignite and continually stoke this column. I have written in this space for more than 20 years — approximately 1,000 words per week, 52 weeks per  year — and have never missed a week. Not one. I write mostly about food, but family and familial memories often enter t…

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It is almost my absolute favorite time of the year and I cannot wait to experience Christmas through KJ’s eyes this holiday season. Although KJ was here last Christmas, he was only 9 months old and not very interested in the holiday festivities. However, I feel like this year will be a compl…

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During the excitement of the winter holiday season, the Mississippi Ag Museum will host its Homestead for the Holidays event. On Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13, the Ag Museum will be open from 5-8 p.m. for this joy-filled holiday event. Admission will be $6 for adults and $4 for children, a…

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Panels of the internationally acclaimed AIDS Memorial Quilt — the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 90,000 people lost to AIDS — will be on view in two locations in the Pine Belt today (Saturday) through Wednesday in commemoration of World AIDS Day. 

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The primary and traditional American holidays are Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I enjoy each of them for different reasons. There are two that typically bring my family together, Christmas and Thanksgiving. We’ll cover Christmas in a …

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With Thanksgiving festivities soon to start, you may already be dreading the Tupperware bowls that will be sure to fill your refrigerator. However, if you are feeling burnt out on turkey sandwiches, there are innovative ideas to reinvent your Thanksgiving leftovers.

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My mother Sylvia is kind and beautiful. She is the definition of strength and exudes love and warmth wherever she goes. She is covered in grace from head to toe and has never skipped a beat while raising my sister and me. This describes lots of mothers, but mine did it all while battling bre…

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The picturesque 1939 bungalow-cottage style Hennis-Landrum home on West 15th Street was selected Yard of the Month by Park Place Garden Club. The home was purchased by Maurice and Sheila Hennis and their son Mason in 2015. Mason, who is a landscape architect major at Jones College, designed …

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Nancy Bell was one of dozens of people who went to The Loft last weekend for an Animal Rescue League fundraiser called Puppies on the Patio. The cost of admission was $20 and attendees got mimosas, hors d’oeuvres and all the kisses they wanted. Proceeds went to the Laurel ARL.  

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Disclaimer: I know Jim will probably negate everything that I present in this column; however, he is not the one that has been up with a fussy toddler at 1 a.m. three nights this week.

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Eight members of Park Place Garden Club attended the Southern Pine District's fall meeting in Meridian on Oct. 3. The meeting was hosted by the Dalewood Garden Club and the Forget-Me-Not Garden Club of Meridian and was beautifully decorated for the awards luncheon. Park Place was awarded an …

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A parents’ meeting and registration for the Greater Pine Belt chapter (Laurel) of the National League of Junior Cotillions will be on Wednesday between 3-4 p.m. at the YWCO on Oak Street in Downtown Laurel.

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With cooler weather on the horizon and the fall season upon us, it is time to bring out your pumpkin decor. There is no need to break your bank if you are needing to add new flair to your home this season. Here are some easy DIY projects that are sure to make you 'fall" in love!

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Since I made a “Summer Bucket List,” I thought it would only be fitting to share our “Fall Bucket List.” Now that fall is on the horizon, I cannot wait to experience some of my favorite traditions with KJ.

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The Northwood Garden Club announced that the September Yard of the Month was awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wilson of 2612 North 6th Ave. in Laurel. The yard is beautifully landscaped with box hedges surrounding the home along with a  beautiful Big Tooth Aspen Tree in the front yard. An Americ…

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Football season is here with some can't miss gameday recipes

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Mayor Johnny Magee was in Mason Park as The Jagged Edj dedicated a bench to honor Charlotte Ann Saik, an original member of “The EDJ Chicks.” She was the coordinator and cornerstone to the group from its beginning, when the group was formed at Jones Junior High in 1966, earning her the names…

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Laurel Little Theatre will kick off its 59th season with the presentation of Hello Dolly! Shows are Aug. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m., and  Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, email LLTLaurelMS@aol.com or call 601-428-0140

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The Magnolia Cruisers made a donation of $9,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the proceeds from their annual car show in March. The Magnolia Cruiser, which have been in existence for more than 20 years, have sponsored 30 sick children and their families — primarily from Jones, Jasper, Covin…

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f you are like most people, you probably just realized that Independence Day is right around the corner. Just because you are a procrastinator doesn’t mean you can’t be the most festive party host or guest this year.  

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School is out, the temperature is rising and vacation is top of mind. It’s officially summertime, and a visit to Coastal Mississippi’s collection of vibrant communities along 62 miles of undisturbed, scenic shoreline should be at the top of your list. Under-the-radar enough to avoid the crow…

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Hog Heaven hosted a car show as a benefit for 6-year-old cancer patient Lane Smith and his parents and The Hunters Edge has been raising money for them, too, along with many businesses and organizations in the area.