“Dialysis is a dreary experience”

October 3, 2007 – Brownie Crawford, an old friend in Water Valley, who I haven’t seen for a long time sent me the “Sunday Business” section of the New York Times of Sept. 16, which featured an almost two page story on dialysis.

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Football Takes Pressure Off Middle East

Sept. 15, 2006 – The beginning of football season seems to have taken a lot of pressure off the Middle East and its wars, congress and its wars, and almost everything else of any importance.

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Bruce Museum Coming to Life

August 25, 2005 – The city of Bruce is enjoying something of a revival of sorts in the aesthetic arena.  Hundreds of local citizens working through the Chamber of Commerce, with a grant from the state for historic preservation, have acquired the old E.L. Bruce Company commissary building on the town square.

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Fair Proves It Is A Very Small World

Aug. 11, 2004 – Reflections on the Neshoba County Fair, week two: After a weekend hiatus at home, Jo Ann loaded the Blazer on Tuesday afternoon
and waited for me to return from dialysis at Oxford. When we arrived at Cabin 16 it was nearly dark, and a concert was in full swing at the racetrack arena as we again unloaded food, clothes, CPAP breathing apparatus and other personal items.

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Getting Ready For Neshoba Fair Never Well Coordinated

July 31, 2003 – Getting ready for the Neshoba County Fair, in progress this week, has never been very well coordinated. It really begins in the spring when we check for winter damage from rain, freezing temperatures, and insect damage. Then nearer to fair time the place is cleaned, the dirty linen carried home from the previous fair is returned, and cooking begins at home.

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I Know My Own Name

July 4, 2002 – I can laugh about it now, almost. The most emotionally trying thing about having a newly developed pacemaker wired up to my heart was trying to convince the hospital staff in Tupelo that I know my name.

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Long Summer If Every Week Is Like First of June

June 14, 2001 – If the rest of the summer is anything like the first week in June, it will be a busy one.
On Wednesday I was trying to add additional memory, a 9-gig hard drive, to one of the office computers until time for Rotary.
We had two fellows from Water Valley making up with us that day — Paul Parker who has some 65 years of perfect attendance and Hamric Henry, a 50-year Rotarian.

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“Cats” Just Won’t Go Away

May 25, 2000 — “Cats,” the subject that won’t go away. “Cats,” the title of the play I hated in Boston. “Cats,” how to keep them off of cars — the most tenacious cat topic of them all.

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A Real Chinese Cultural Exchange At Bruce Rotary

April 21, 1999 – It looked like a Bruce Rotary cultural exchange dinner and program on a recent Saturday night simply wasn’t going to come off when the foreign guests did not arrive on time with the food. As a part of the club’s emphasis on international relations, incoming president Don McMaster worked out a program with 11 Ole Miss students from China for them to prepare real native food and bring it to the fellowship hall of the Baptist Church here, where the Rotary regularly meets.

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A Quiet Easter Was Planned

April 3, 2008 – We had planned to have a quiet Easter, but as it turned out there were a couple of rare exceptions. On Thursday the week before Easter, I came out of the dialysis center to an almost empty waiting room. There was Jo Ann sitting with a much overdressed couple for visiting the dialysis center. I recognized Lou Hanson first, because maybe she has changed the least, or maybe because she was closer and I had been asleep for several hours. But it was wonderful to see Newt and Lou Hanson, now of Diamondhead, but who once lived across the street from us in Bruce in the house where our daughter Lisa and her husband now live.

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