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Jimmy Reed

Keeping It Simple

Championship basketball coach John Wooden’s book “Wooden on Leadership” reminds local columnist Jimmy Reed about how his father used to teach the same basic lesson for life – that taking care of the small things and keeping it simple help take care of the big things. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)

The Motive of Self-Interest

Self-preservation, or self-interest, drives God’s creatures. Local columnist Jimmy Reed makes that point by telling how he got financially involved in the self-interest of his three daughters recently. (October 26, 2010, Page 4)

Must Be Murph

In most parts of the world, he’s known as “Murphy.” In the Mississippi Delta, he’s “Murph” – but he still has his law that states that what can go wrong, will. Local columnist Jimmy Reed reflects on a duck hunting trip years ago when Murph was definitely a member of the hunting party. (October 19, 2010, Page 4)

True Professionals

Sometimes there’s a fear of doctors, no matter how much good they might do you. Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes that fear head-on as he relates recent relationships with a gastroenterologist, a cardiologist and a surgeon. (October 12, 2010, Page 4)

T. Roy, The Tater Tycoon

Local columnist Jimmy Reed tells the story of Terence Royal who, after being turned down for a janitorial position, began a local produce operation that eventually helped his entire family. (October 5, 2010, Page 4)

Sleazy Self-Expression

After addressing one of his student’s dress – a cap turned around backward and droopy pants – as he came into the classroom recently, local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed thought back to his high school days and what his principal did when he was not satisfied with his students’ dress. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)

Disappearing Insurance

Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about “disappearing insurance,” a valuable lesson he was taught as a youngster by Jaybird, a beloved black man who worked with his father. (September 21, 2010, Page 4)

It Tolls For Thee

Local columnist Jimmy Reed quotes from John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to wrap up a piece about the value of friendships and helping one another. (September 14, 2010, Page 4)

Managing Anger Management

Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a humorous look at different approaches to anger management ranging from his daughters’ suggestions that anger management courses can help to a story from a friend about one man’s way of dealing with a problem. (September 7, 2010, Page 4)

Confetti Flyboy

Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls an unusual trip while getting an airworthiness inspection for his Piper Cub, one where he explains how he earned the identity to some air controllers as “Confetti Flyboy.” (August 31, 2010, Page 4)

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