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Joe Rogers, Author at The Oxford Eagle

I'm a retired newspaper journalist and a Mississippi native who found himself living and working in New York.

Columns

Hearing what women are saying

By Joe Rogers Some years back a friend provided one of the best life lessons I’ve ever had, though it didn’t feel too welcome at ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, October 23, 2017 10:11 am

Columns

Let’s retire this hateful word

I rather like the term “snowflake,” as used by conservatives to denote someone too easily offended, excessively sensitive. The kind of people who need trigger ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, October 16, 2017 9:06 am

Columns

Was the Las Vegas massacre terrorism?

By Joe Rogers In the wake of last week’s horrific events in Las Vegas, the inevitable gun debate quickly started to play out yet again. ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, October 9, 2017 12:36 pm

Columns

Tough choices for a book lover

By Joe Rogers I set myself a challenging task the other day: ridding the house of my unnecessary books. This followed a companion effort to ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, October 2, 2017 8:20 am

Columns

The most Mississippi movie

Of all the movies about Mississippi, which best capture and depict the state’s essence? I stole the idea from New York, which recently held a ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, September 25, 2017 8:40 am

Columns

Home alone

By Joe Rogers As of Tuesday, I will be a semi-bachelor. Semi, because Kayne and I will still be thoroughly married. It’s just that she ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, September 18, 2017 12:09 pm

Columns

The struggle for Tooth No. 12

By Joe Rogers For 15 years or so my one-stop dentist saw me through various cleanings, deep drillings, crowns and fillings with ease. Nothing fazed ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, September 11, 2017 7:17 am

Columns

Playing the lottery long shot

I know all the arguments against playing the lottery, starting with the most obvious: The odds of hitting a big winner are ridiculously small. Infinitesimal, ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, September 4, 2017 7:48 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: The fat dilemma

A friend recently reported that he’d slimmed down from his high water mark of 276 pounds to 212. I felt inclined to congratulate him, but ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, August 28, 2017 8:59 am

Columns

Short takes on long subjects

A column for the Twitter mentality. No thoughts over 140 characters. And none of them presidential: If you could hook the US to an anger ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, August 21, 2017 10:40 am

Columns

Mississippi road trip potholes

My Mississippi road trip is in the books now, and I hope you’ll read about my mostly happy adventures here and in Oxford Magazine in ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, August 14, 2017 11:01 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: Mississippi road trip potholes

My Mississippi road trip is in the books now, and I hope you’ll read about my mostly happy adventures here and in Oxford Magazine in ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, August 14, 2017 8:00 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: The brick wall in my family tree

That handsome, bearded fellow you see there (note the uncanny resemblance?) is the reason I am a Mississippian. That’s Great-great-grandpa Joe W. Rogers, who at ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, July 31, 2017 5:00 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: Optimists vs. pessimists

Psychological theories abound on why conservatives and liberals think differently. One, for example, holds that conservatives are more intuitive, and liberals more analytical. Another contends ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, July 24, 2017 6:08 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: When dragons ate the sun

I’m being tempted by a moon shadow. Moon shadow, moon shadow. You’re welcome, fellow Cat Stevens fans. I’m talking of course about the solar eclipse ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, July 17, 2017 5:40 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: Mama’s “hubba hubba”

If only I could ask Mama one more question… In the days and weeks after her funeral I spent hours sorting through the considerable amount ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, July 10, 2017 6:08 am

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Joe Rogers: An American pilgrimage

In an early celebration of our nation’s birthday, I visited Washington, D.C., last week. O.K., that’s a fib. I actually visited to celebrate my own ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, July 3, 2017 5:32 am

Columns

New York City has a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp and it’s probably not what you’d expect

Normally, it’s the kind of invitation I’d politely decline: to attend a meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The impetus was a column last ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, June 26, 2017 5:40 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: It tolls for thee

I’d see it every Sunday on the way home from church, just at a left turn in the road: a cross, a wooden bench and ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, June 19, 2017 6:00 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: Fathers, yay! Fatherhood, no.

It’s a safe bet that next Sunday somebody will wish me a happy Father’s Day, an occurrence that always leaves me at a bit of ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, June 12, 2017 5:27 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: Cuba’s faded glory

Among the first things I noticed after arriving in Cuba was the attractiveness of the young female customs officials and the apparent shortage of fabric ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, June 5, 2017 6:00 am

Columns

Joe Rogers: The Southern grilling gene

A Jackson friend, Averyell Kessler, recently balked at an email she’d gotten from a cooking site, titled “How to Grill.” “You’re sending this to Southerners?” ... Read more

by Joe Rogers, Monday, May 29, 2017 6:18 am

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