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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jimmy Reed

The Nut

With the fish biting as spring finally hits some warmer temperatures, perhaps it’s time for a fish tale. Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates one he heard from his childhood mentor, Jaybird, about a giant fish, a squirrel and a special type of bait. (April 22, 2014, Page 4)

He Awaits Us

Local columnist Jimmy Reed retells the simple and yet so truthful story about Jesus, his life, his ministry and his death and resurrection that longtime mentor Jaybird told Reed and his friends as youngsters. (April 15, 2014, Page 4)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Take The Risk

Local columnist Jimmy Reed passes along a lesson he learned years ago about taking risks when there’s an opportunity to make a financial gain. (February 25, 2014, Page 4)

She Divorced Him!

Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates a conversation with his creative writing students on the subject of which sex is favored by Mother Nature in the business of romance. (February 18, 2014, Page 4)

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