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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jimmy Reed

The Blank Check

Local columnist Jimmy Reed salutes the veterans who have written a blank check for their country, telling the story of Col. Joe Kittinger who risked his life testing pressure suits for astronauts in 1960. (November 8, 2011, Page 4)

The Child Who Never Was

Jimmy Reed writes to tell a story about a young girl named Sally who makes several decisions that affect her and others lives, including the child who never was. (November 1, 2011, Page 4)

No Match For Corn

Local columnist Jimmy Reed, who teaches British literature, found out recently that many of  his students are much more attuned to corny humor than the writings of William Shakespeare. (October 25, 2011, Page 4)

Corduroy Horror

Adolescence, local columnist Jimmy Reed writes, is a troubling time. And, he adds, if one falls in love during that time, it can be terrifying. He recalls a story from his past which shows how our feelings and reach all extremes. (October 18, 2011, Page 4)

Pazzo!

Ever think about expanding a project or business? Local columnist Jimmy Reed passes along some advice he learned from a story his mother told him when he was entertaining those thoughts. (October 11, 2011, Page 4)

Pencil Parable

Local columnist Jimmy Reed tells a parable of a pencil and its job to talk about how mankind must be guided by its Maker and work diligently even though we don’t always understand what, or why, we do things and how that affects others. (September 27, 2011, Page 4)

… Ain’t Nobody Happy

With all of the talk about who pays taxes, who doesn’t and who should, local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls the message instilled by his mother – the competitive, free enterprise mentality. (September 20, 2011, Page 4)

Old-Age Gauge

So, how do you tell if you’re getting “old”? Local columnist Jimmy Reed got a few hints from friends as he turns 68 – and now wonders if it’s not time to re-adjust his old-age gauge. (September 13, 2011, Page 4)

Tear Of Joy

Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the story behind Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli’s creation, “Tear of Grief,” that is his country’s gift to the American people in memory of the 9/11 tragedy. (September 6, 2011, Page 4)

‘Pologize, Dice

Sometimes, local columnist Jimmy Reed writes, you have to learn lessons the hard way. Reed recalls his mentor, Jaybird, teaching him about gambling and smoking and the problems those vices caused. (August 30, 2011, Page 4)

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