Proud of my U.S. Marine Charlie Solis

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It was the middle of the soccer season. The weather had turned a little cool, at least cool enough to require a jacket. Charlie and I were standing at the top of the penalty box talking as the rest of my Vardaman Rams’ soccer team pelted Charlie’s brother Eric, our goalie, with shots from all angles as we did every day at the start of practice while waiting for everyone to arrive.
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The flight of the hummingbirds

Joel McNeece

The sound was something to behold. Sitting on Grady Wilson’s back porch under his metal roof there was a constant hum.
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Poor Charlie isn’t poor or a jackass

Joel McNeece

“Is that Jackass?” J.R. Denton asked.
“It is,” I told him. “We miss him.”
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My kind of town, Chicago is…

View of the North Side of Chicago from atop the Hancock Tower.

Just moments after we arrived my wife Lisa and I made the short walk through a beautiful city park, through a tunnel under Lake Shore Drive and on to Oak Street Beach where bright blue waves were crashing on to the sand and the steady cool breeze coming off Lake Michigan reminded us we weren’t in Mississippi any more.
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Can’t stand still when they strike up the band

Joel McNeece

It was among the loudest cheers of the night at Carter Field in Vardaman last Friday – when the Bruce High School Marching Band finished their halftime performance. The loudest roar came from the home Vardaman stands, who showed great appreciation for the more than 100 students playing and marching so well.
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Fun Friday with good friends and good fish

Joel McNeece

We ventured off the highway deep into the woods of Monroe County winding around a narrow road.
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It’s time for some football, let’s eat!

Joel McNeece

Clint Faust, new head football coach in Bruce, is combing through whatever information he can scrape up to learn something about the very different schedule his Trojans are facing this season beginning Friday at Aberdeen. Dr. Bruce Longest and I are doing our own intense scouting, but with a slightly different mission.
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Learning lessons at Douglas Kustoms

Joel McNeece

Doug Orlando has a passion for learning that’s quite contagious.
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Ellie can sell with the best

AG Jim Hood buying lemonade from Ellie.

Summer is over, although the calender and thermometer disagree. Summer always ends for us when we return home from the Neshoba County Fair because it marks our last summer get-away, and the fact that high school football practice starts up the Monday after.
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Dizzying opening weekend in Philadelphia

Joel McNeece

I leaned back against the wall, then the spinning started. I couldn’t move. It accelerated to such a degree the force seemed to be peeling my face away from my skull and my chest was separating. I could feel all four Gs of centrifugal force deep in my bones as I slowly slid up the wall, my feet dangling.
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