Fall 2013

Cover photo for fall 2013 Catfish Alley

Author Michael Farris Smith, photographed by Whitten Sabbatini in the waters of White’s Slough in Columbus

COVER STORY: Michael Farris Smith
The author’s latest novel offers readers a mesmerizing story of passion and violence in a post-Katrina landscape

La Bella Vita
Judith and Lex Jackson blend Old Country and new style in their secluded Oktibbeha County haven

Small Town Revival
Back from the brink, Eupora proves what a small town can do

Artist Portfolio
The incredible art of Melissa Henry’s silent world

A Menu for Success
A soirée for Bridges Out of Poverty tantalizes taste buds, and caterer Bridgett Harding shares the recipes

Keith and Margie put plenty of soul into music and marriage

Still Life with Filmmakers
Some of Mississippi’s indie filmmakers are ready for their close-ups in vintage fashions from The Attic


From the Editor

Half-n-HalfA flavorful mix of good things to know, good stuff to buy and a calendar of events coming up this fall in the Golden Triangle and beyond

The Avid ReaderStarkville Friends of the Library board member Brenda Harden knows what it’s like to get lost in a good book, and she’s found some terrific reads to recommend

One QuestionYour friends and neighbors confess their biggest money mishaps

Food for the Soul — From New Orleans to New York, pickles are all the rage, and we talked to a couple of pickle freaks on the front lines

3 Inspired PeopleRoberta Weeks, Andrew Stark and Jeanette Unruh impact the world around them through language, art and canine compassion

Salt of the EarthColumnist Shannon Bardwell sits a spell with David Reese in his Oktibbeha County orchard

Seems to MeBilly Hairston reminisces about boyhood, and a river that ran through it

Personal SpaceRichard Fleming’s gone fishin’

A Letter HomeColumbus to Canada: Beth Mitchell is reminded that her mama raised her right

Social CallA photographic look at area events and who’s been out and about

Restaurant GuideGolden Triangle eateries and Miss Moon Pie dines on fresh fried catfish in Pheba

Parting Shot