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Sidna Brower Mitchell

Sidna BrowerSidna Brower Mitchell, a Memphis native, graduated from Ole Miss in 1963 when she was named to the Hall of Fame. As editor of The Daily Mississippian when James Meredith integrated the university, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her editorials and received a number of other honors and job offers. Sidna accepted an internship with Scripps-Howard to become a general assignment reporter for the World Telegram and Sun in New York City and a deskman for UPI in London. Her other media work included being officer in charge of employee communications for Citibank in New York City, a hospital community affairs director and an assistant director of development for a NYC management consultant firm. She and her late husband owned weekly newspapers in Morris County, NJ, for 25 years, where she has continued to write a weekly cooking column since 1975. Sidna retired as deputy director of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).

Although retired, Sidna continues to be active on a state and local level. She serves on the state board for CAI-NJ (Community Association Institute-New Jersey), a Middlesex County GOP committeewoman, on the Rossmoor Board of Governors, president of the Rossmoor Kiwanis Club, president of the Rossmoor Republican Club and Community Church secretary. Her sport is serious croquet in which she has participated in tournaments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida.

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Sidna Brower Mitchell: Retrospective or Perspective?

Sidna Brower Mitchell: Retrospective or Perspective?

In doing some much-needed cleaning out of old boxes, I found a piece I had written when my daughter Meredith was in college. I think the message is still appropriate even about 25 years later. Here goes. Sitting in one of her classes at Rutgers University as part of her education to become a social […]…

August 11, 2016 with 0 Comments
Sidna Brower Mitchell: Summertime Memories in a Small Town

Sidna Brower Mitchell: Summertime Memories in a Small Town

There were 22 of us first cousins on my mother’s side, almost all of them living on farms in Mississippi when I was growing up. Summer in a small town filled with relatives was a real treat for me – the city girl. I would spend two or three days with different aunts, uncles and […]…

July 26, 2016 with 1 Comment
Sidna Brower Mitchell: Ole Miss Benefited from the New Deal

Sidna Brower Mitchell: Ole Miss Benefited from the New Deal

Recently I read in the Ole Miss Alumni Review that the University has plans for a multimillion-dollar baseball project. That reminded me of a recent trip to the USGA’s (United States Golf Association’s) headquarters and museum in Far Hills, New Jersey. While watching a film on golf during the Great Depression—a time…

June 30, 2016 with 0 Comments
Sidna Brower Mitchell: Musings on Getting Older

Sidna Brower Mitchell: Musings on Getting Older

As a snowbird, sitting in warm, sunny Venice, Florida, sipping my tea, I checked out photos in the Herald-Tribune of the attendees at a Valentine’s Day Gala in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sarasota. The first picture featured Charlene Hunter-Gault and Ron Gault. “Oh, my goodness, she looks old!” I thought. Charlene Hunter…

February 22, 2016 with 1 Comment
Sidna Brower Mitchell: An Ole Miss Reunion on Gasparilla Island

Sidna Brower Mitchell: An Ole Miss Reunion on Gasparilla Island

As I passed a line of newspaper boxes, my eyes landed on one for the Boca Beacon, the paper for Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande). Since Ken and I really enjoy the island beaches and the Pink Elephant restaurant, I immediately stopped to pick up the newspaper. Later as I perused the island news, my eyes […]…

January 29, 2016 with 0 Comments
Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Holiday Sweets

Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Holiday Sweets

When the holiday seasons were upon us, I decided to make some sweets for refreshments after a Christmas cantata at our church. I tried a new recipe from a mystery paperback, Joanne Flukes’ Plum Pudding Murder, that my friend June gave me. While we both appreciate a good suspense novel, June claimed this one had […]…

December 22, 2015 with 1 Comment
Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Big Families and Landsharks

Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Big Families and Landsharks

Big families are wonderful unless you, as a graduate of Ole Miss, have cousins who are extremely loyal LSU or Arkansas alum. I was busy yelling at some commentator during the Ole Miss-Arkansas game because he kept calling the team and supporter “landsharks.” Has anyone bothered to check the definition of the land shark?…

November 25, 2015 with 0 Comments
Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Pumpkins Everywhere

Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Pumpkins Everywhere

It’s not even near Halloween or Thanksgiving and for weeks we’ve seen pumpkin themes everywhere. Dunkin’ Donuts is pushing hot or iced pumpkin macchiato. Of course, there is pumpkin bread and pumpkin doughnuts in the supermarkets. And you can always remember to make pumpkin soup from your leftover canned pumpkin whether…

September 29, 2015 with 1 Comment
Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Vanity Plates and Mini Crab Cakes

Sidna Brower Mitchell Blog: Vanity Plates and Mini Crab Cakes

When Ken and I travel, I keep a logbook of our mileage, stops, traffic backups, motels/hotels (the good and the bad) and places of interest. Also, I check license plates and tractor-trailer cabs for the state of origin. Lately, I’ve been keeping track of vanity license plates. I thought Florida had a lot of such […]…

July 13, 2015 with 1 Comment
Mitchell: Dueling Cousins, Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine

Mitchell: Dueling Cousins, Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine

The cell phone rang at 10 p.m. on that fateful night as I snuggled in a warm bed. Before I headed to the other room, I knew who would be calling. Of course, the caller would be Hillman, my LSU cousin, gloating over his alma mater’s victory over Ole Miss. Sure enough, as I answered, the […]…

November 6, 2014 with 1 Comment
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