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Yik Yak, don’t talk back

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the Yik Yak concern and how school officials are urging parents to talk to their kids about the problem and dealing with it. (April 10, 2014, Page 4A)

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    I Hewed The Mountain Down

    Local columnist Jimmy Reed put his mentor, Jaybird’s, advice about working hard to practice when he took on teaching a class in mid-semester. Reed writes about overcoming “can’t” and not letting the dean, the students, Jaybird and himself down. (April 8, 2014, Page 4)

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      Going, going, gone

      Local columnist T.J. Ray compares today’s LOU community to one he wrote about six years ago, noting that many of the changes are probably not quite what most people expected in the name of progress and suggesting that you might want to snap a few pictures of your favorite Oxford scenes before they’re gone. (April 4, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Discouragement

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed talks about one of the biggest drawbacks to accomplishing things — discouragement — and how his mentor helped him learn how to deal with it. (April 1, 2014, Page 4)

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          Culture shock

          Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about the world we’re living in today — is there too much superficiality, too little reality — and what it will mean for future generations. (March 27, 2014, Page 4)

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            Catamounts

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed, a giver and getter when it comes to practical jokes, recalls one he played on his cousin involving hot peppers and wild cats. (March 25, 2014, Page 4)

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              Waiting

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed passes along an important lesson he learned from his mentor, Jaybird: the difference between passively waiting for something to happen and exercising patience. (March 18, 2014, Page 4)

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                Words of warning, alarm and comfort

                Local columnist T.J. Ray passes along some tidbits of information and advice, some of it humorous and light-hearted and other serious and also comforting. (March 13, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Dey Kilt Ole Can’t …

                  Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes that both Maya Angelou and his childhood mentor, Jaybird, had similar thoughts about those who seem to complain about everything – they should to try to change what’s bothering them or change their way of thinking about it. (March 11, 2014, Page 4)

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                    They’d Be Uh Killin’ Too

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls one of his gone-awry pranks from his younger days and how an older worker saw fit to forgive him and save him from the punishment he’d likely have received for his actions. (March 4, 2014, Page 4)

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