I laughed, I cried: my visit to ‘Night Vale’

“The past is gone, and cannot harm you anymore. And while the future is fast coming for you, it always flinches first, and settles in as the gentle present. This now, this us, we can cope with that. We can do this together, you and I.” – Cecil, “Welcome to Night Vale,” “The Candidate” “Welcome […]

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My Oxford Film Festival experience

The Oxford Film Festival is in its 11th year, and for all of those years, I’ve wanted to go. For whatever reason, the stars haven’t aligned until this year, and I was able to attend on Friday. I’m writing a story about the festival’s runaway success for Monday’s Daily Journal, but there was so much […]

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Coliseum Commission, 1/27

Here are highlights from this past week’s Coliseum Commission meeting at the BancorpSouth Arena: Director Todd Hunt recently traveled to Nashville, where he toured the Music City Center and talked with some promoters who manage country artists. Arena and conference center attendance notes: • The Mac McAnally and Paul Thorn concert sold well, and both […]

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Tuning out of award shows

“So, what did you think about the Grammys?” I have a feeling I’ll get asked that question a lot tomorrow. And I already know my answer: ::shrug.:: I’m not an award show kind of fan. I don’t buy albums because it won Best Album, and I don’t go see a movie just because it picked […]

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‘Paranormal Activity’ – are you a fan?

The latest “Paranormal Activity” hit screens earlier this month. Have you caught up with the fifth movie in the series? I love horror movies, and the original “Paranormal Activity” is one of my favorites. I’ve seen all of the “Paranormal Activity” films, but I haven’t loved any of the sequel/prequels as much as I loved […]

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Current obsession: “Orphan Black”

I’m not big on award shows. They’re fun to watch but I feel like it’s nothing but big, glitzy ads for movies, music, TV or whatever. So I don’t put much stock into who wins or loses – I know what I like, what moved me or what didn’t, and awards do not reflect that. […]

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My year in pop culture

We’ll always have the music. And movies. And TV shows. And podcasts. I didn’t love 2013, but at least we had good entertainment and art. Here’s my favorite stuff from this year – and actually, from the last few years, because yes, I’m gonna cheat. I don’t know that this is a “Best of” list. […]

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What does your Christmas light choice say about you?

I’m about to make a lot of enemies, but I have to confess: I hate all-white lights on a Christmas tree. Unless there’s a theme – black and white, school colors, whatever – I am bored senseless by the lack of colored lights. Give me my multi-colored lights, or give me death. I grew up […]

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More on today’s Neighbors story…

If you saw today’s Neighbors section, you saw my story on Jennifer Burns’ Winterbrook Gifts. I first saw her creations about two Christmases ago when Hooty Lou’s opened up a holiday shop. I fell in love with one of Burns’ birds and bought it, and figured it was about time to learn more about her. […]

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Board meeting wrap-ups

Here are the need-to-know’s from the latest BancorpSouth Arena’s Coliseum Commission and Link Centre’s Performing Arts Commission meetings… Coliseum Commission Mayor Jason Shelton made a special presentation at the beginning of the meeting, honoring Stennis Harrison, who’s worked at the arena for 10 years. Harrison is the assistant director of operations. Arena director Todd Hunt […]

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