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Sundy Mawnin’ Fuhgivniss Boots

Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls Saturday-night journeys to Delta juke joints with his mentor, Jaybird, and how Jaybird talked about being right with the Lord after those trips, especially if he was wearing his “fuhgivniss” boots. (August 14, 2012, Page 4)

Thanks, Mama

To honor his mother on upcoming Mother’s Day, local columnist Jimmy Reed offers a few of the countless thanks he owes her. (May 8, 2012, Page 4)

Sleeping Giant

Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of “the day that will live in infamy,” the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look back at the event with closer looks at some involved – his father and also Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. (December 6, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

David Robinson writes to relate a more pleasant dog-candidate story, while Blake Robertson writes to praise Oxford and organizers of the recent biking competition for their event. (August 16, 2011, Page 4)

Not A Bed Of Roses

Local columnist Jimmy Reed recently attended the wedding of his goddaughter, a wonderful event except for the 95 degree weather. He writes about the celebration and how the heat was a good omen for the new couple. (June 7, 2011, Page 4)

Sturm Und Drang

Americans are now experiencing tremendous storm and stress – or Sturm und Drang, as the Germans call it. Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about the challenges we’ve faced through the years, and notes that we should use the upcoming Memorial Day holiday to honor those who gave on battlefields – but also those who fought and won economic and natural wars on the home front. (May 24, 2011, Page 4)

Female Crickets Catch More Fish

There’s nothing like a good fishing story – even if it involves the bait. Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls the story of bream fishing and telling a gullible fishermen about how female crickets catch more fish. (May 3, 2011, Page 4)

Leave Lyndo Alone

The things we do as youngsters in the name of growing up and having our clubs! Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his days in the “Mohicans” and how they involved a youngster named Lyndo in an initiation rite that put him right in the middle of a “waust” mess. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

Still, I Ask

Local columnist Jimmy Reed wonders sometimes what and how God thinks, and he’s sure He has a sense of humor. While knowing that God knows best, Reed says he still asks for things. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)

The Great Mississippi Bear Hunt: Circa 1902

President Theodore Roosevelt was exhausted from mediating a solution to the strike by the United Mine Workers in the coal fields of America. T.R. was in need of a short vacation and this hunt would produce what Brinkley calls the most popular toy ever manufactured — the Teddy Bear.

He decided to accept a long-stranding invitation to come to Mississippi for the bear-hunting season. He had recently invited Booker T. Washington to a dinner at the White House and some Southerners had vilified him for this invitation. Thus his trip to Mississippi did have somewhat of a political overtone. One of his hosts was Stuyvesant Fish, the president of the Illinois Central Railroad. He wrote to Fish, “My experience is that to try to combine a hunt and a picnic, generally means a poor picnic and always a spoiled hunt. Every additional man on a hunt tends to hurt it. Of course I am only going because I want to hunt and do see I get the first bear without fail.” Little did he know how he would be presented the first black bear of their hunt. (October 29, 2010, Page 2B)

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