A Season For Giving

During this season of gift giving, daughter and I have a long tradition of selecting an ornament from the "angel tree" at our church.  The Salvation Army screens and submits names of children in our community who, for whatever reason, need a little assistance during this season for giving. … [Read more...]

A Magnolia Goes to Maine

Here is the latest installment in A Magnolia Goes to Maine! If you follow along here OPP then you will know that one of the "flower girls", Maggie, has gone to live with her rightful owner (number two son) up in Maine.  Many of you have so nicely asked me how she is doing and whether she is happy … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish each and every one of you the happiest Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with family, friends and good food. Hopefully nature's fall theatrics are as pretty wherever you are as they have been in my neighborhood... I had to stop on my way home from church Sunday morning to … [Read more...]


Jackson Friends of the Library hosted author Carolyn Brown yesterday at one of its Applause programs designed to highlight Mississippi authors.  I told you about her new biography of Margaret Walker a few weeks ago.  If you missed it click here This was my fist visit to the Willie Morris Library … [Read more...]

Finally Fall

I was so happy to officially welcome fall yesterday! I am a fall baby - no really, truly a fall baby - born on the first day of fall! Number two son called to ask me how it felt to be turning 35 - I told him it is grand and he is sure to enjoy it when his time rolls around! Well, anyway, I had a … [Read more...]

Memorial Day

Begun in 1862 as Decoration Day... The origin of the tradition is not clear - many communities held celebrations to honor fallen soldiers - but in 1966 Waterloo, NY, was named by the government as the official birthplace of Memorial Day.  The town held its first celebration on May 5, 1866 and … [Read more...]

Hope and Gratitude

Severe storms careened across the country on Monday and my  neighborhood was right in their path.  We are so fortunate that the only damages sustained here were downed trees and power lines and minimal damage to other plantings.  It was a very frightening few hours. In the midst of fear though … [Read more...]

Ordinary Time

Perhaps a little misleading, the term "Ordinary Time"... In the liturgical year of the church the term does not refer to "usual or average or uneventful", rather the meaning here is "not seasonal". Basically, this is the time of year which is outside the seasons, Lent-Easter and … [Read more...]

Eudora Welty House And Garden Volunteer Party

Last week the staff of the Eudora Welty House and Garden Museum hosted a party thanking all of the volunteers for their efforts over the past year.  Each person on this staff is so hard-working, capable and - above all - kind!  It is a pleasure to with such a special staff and group of volunteers. … [Read more...]

The Fourth Day Of Christmas And A Sweet Surprise

On this fourth day of Christmas I am sharing a sweet surprise that came to me this year. I opened the front door late Christmas afternoon to find an unexpected Christmas gift left on the porch. A lovely thoughtful gift from a friend and reader of this little blog telling me that OPP brings … [Read more...]