Triple teamed by Addi, Ellie and Jack

Joel McNeece

Sitting in the second pew of the beautiful sanctuary of North Oxford Baptist Church, granddaughter Addi Claire had her music books open and was practicing every note in silence with her tiny fingers tapping the pages as if sitting at the piano.
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Still partial to silver, white and live trees

Joel McNeece

My wife Lisa and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend putting up our Christmas decorations at both The Journal and house. I’m one who loves to see them go up the day after Thanksgiving and then come down the day after Christmas.
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Can’t wait for that Thanksgiving feast

Joel McNeece

Turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, hamburger pie, pecan pie and more will be on the Thanksgiving table this week. I’m already giving thanks to the many who provided the inspiration for all these dishes I will be consuming in large quantities Thursday afternoon.
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The Saints, the cold and The Curtiss highlight Buffalo visit

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The temperature registered 30, but the cold, crisp, biting air said it was a different kind of 30. It was Buffalo.
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Duty of memory is always present

Cpl. Hellums funeral at Shady Grove.

“Le devoir de mémoire est toujours présent.”
Those were the words from my friend Gerard Louis of Chanteheup, France in our most recent email exchange.
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Halloween was best time as kid

Joel McNeece

I remember vividly circling Maudedith Lane on Halloween night wearing with incredible pride my stunning Spiderman costume. Despite the cool temperatures, I was sweating profusely under the plastic mask that I was convinced fooled everybody, despite the thin rubber band my mom had re-stapled numerous times, struggling to hold it to my head.
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There is no easy A in education

Joel McNeece

Calhoun County School’s annual report card, issued last week by the state, is one I likely would have gotten a whipping for had I brought it home in my youth – an A, lots of Cs, and two capital Ds.
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Exploring Faulkner with good friends

Joel McNeece

Seldom is the sequel to anything just as good as the first time around, but Dudley Davis, Robert Stewart and I gave it a good go in New Albany last week.
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First visit to Ethel and a few laughs on the pitch

Joel McNeece

There are few schools in Mississippi that I haven’t been to at one point or another during my newspaper career. Ethel was one of them until last Friday when I visited to cover the Vardaman Rams.
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Inspiring artistry comes in all forms

Joel McNeece

Hanging on the wall in our bedroom is a painting by Susan Patton of Bruce of my late Border Collie King. It’s a stunning, priceless piece that captures him perfectly. Every black and white hair, his dog tag, his piercing eyes, she captured it all. I stare at it often and wonder, how did she do that?
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