Throwing away things is easy, deciding what to throw away is the hard part

Jan. 27, 2000 —When I retired from the faculty at Ole Miss two years ago, a major goal was to bring some order to the papers and other debris that has, for years, threatened to take over our very lives.

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Jim Buck Ross was one of the best all-around politicians

Dec. 30, 1999 – We may very well have lost our best all around politician of the second half of the 20th century with the death of Jim Buck Ross earlier this month. The long time commissioner of agriculture, unlike many other politicians of the era, didn’t traffic in race or other negative issues bantered around in the 1950s and -60s. It wasn’t his style. He was a fun-loving, people- loving fellow from Pelahatchie, who never forgot who he was, where he came from, or who sent him.

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All I want for Christmas is my favorite walking stick refinished

Dec. 13, 2007 –  Most years when someone asks what I need or want for Christmas, I can’t think of anything. I don’t need or want anything much and what I do need or want I usually get for myself when I need or want it.
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Bandanas help distinguish Curtis Wilkie’s two dogs

Oct. 6, 2004 – A couple of Fridays ago I gave in and drove my vintage Mercedes to Memphis for a few minor repairs, which were to include realigning the front end to
take care of a serious pulling to the right. I was waiting for Clyde Bynum when the crew returned from lunch, and they quickly remedied my complaints including the “Check Engine” light, which had been burning on the dash for some three weeks.

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Preparation is the worst part of the prescribed GI scope

Sept. 18, 2003 – Earlier this month I was advised to schedule a medical procedure called a lower GI scope, which is a painless and not very time-consuming procedure, if you don’t consider the necessary preparation.

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Meet lots of freinds and enjoy good times at area restaurants

Aug. 29, 2002 – Jo Ann and I were recently in Grenada on a Friday night about dinner time.
That’s not exactly true. We were there looking for a small adventure that included food and not a trip to WalMart.
We had committed the next night to keeping Michael and Deanna’s children while they went to Starkville to celebrate their anniversary. We were so pleased to be keeping the children, I didn’t question his place of choice for their night out.

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46th wedding anniversary an incredible celebration at the Neshoba County Fair

Aug. 2, 2001 – Jo Ann and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary on the first Saturday on the Neshoba County Fair. What a celebration it was.

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Family stories plentiful and mostly true at Denley Reunion

July 6, 2000 —On a recent Saturday night, four of my 16 living first cousins and their spouses gathered in Memphis at the home of Jimmy and Barbara Denley in Harbor town. Jimmy conceived the idea at the second family funeral this year (both of his parents only six months apart) that it would be good for our generation to get together for something other than a funeral.

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Lots learned from wife’s high school reunion in Macon, MS

June 17, 1999 — While the rest of the world was converging on West Point for the ladies’ golf events, we were in nearby Macon, MS, for Jo Ann to attend her 46-year high school class reunion. Actually it was a five-year class reunion, not meaning they had been of out high school five years, but that classes from 1949-1953 gathered at several homes and meeting places around Macon.

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Computer voting more frightening after watching the movie “Recount”

June 5, 2008 – I was delayed in beginning the column last Sunday night, the time which I started writing it years ago when I was teaching at Ole Miss, to watch a rather disturbing movie on HBO.

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