Messenger News Columnsen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 15:10:04 EDTSun, 25 Sep 2016 15:10:04 EDT up for butterfly season you love butterflies, you need asters in your autumn garden. Aster blossoms come in shades of blue, lavender, pink, purple, or white, and serve up heaping portions of nectar to fuel those beautiful winged creatures.Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EDTOld Atlanta apex of racial tensions"Darktown: A Novel" by Thomas Mullen, 2016, $26.00 / $32.99 Canada, 373 pages Someone always has to be first. That can be a good thing, or a bad one.Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EDTOur readers begin a long goodbye have taken the liberty of borrowing the title of Sandy Mickelson's book to anchor this column: "When We're Not Together." I hope, as Sandy's friend, that she will see it as the act of love for which it is intended.Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDTPlaying in rain in the rain seemed whole lot more fun as a youngster. Perhaps because "Splish, Splash" had just hit the airwaves. It was 1958, and Bobby Darin wrote the song, his first, in nine minutes flat.Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTReason for delay is time's a reason, you know, my basement has stayed tied up in boxes and bags since we moved into Dodge those many years ago. And laziness wasn't the greater part of such equation. It all boils down to time. Time and manpower.Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 EDT