The three of us had started school together at Demonstration School more years ago than we would care to admit. This was a journey we had always wanted to make.
It is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the campground at DeWayne Hayes Recreation Center is filled to capacity. All 100 campsites are occupied, some elaborately so, with enormous campers, adorned with flags, personalized signs, even satellite dishes.
It's Friday afternoon and I'm sitting on the front porch of an uninhabited trailer that until recently was the home of Homer Cantrell.
As I have meandered through my retirement years, my nightly entertainment on TV has been challenging. The mind-numbing drivel that is offered daily is beyond my tolerance.
Everything was different, the day after.
The president spoke a personal word: "I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust."
"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling."
He is a first-term state representative whose only previous credentials were a couple of terms as a city aldermen. His ties to his own party go back less than a year.
Up until recently the only reference that bingo conjured up for me was the simple little ditty about the farmer's dog: "and B.I.N.G.O. was his name O." Not so any more.
Each month, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security releases its Labor Market Information Report, more commonly known as unemployment rates.
I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of hours-long security lines.
A few words in defense of pragmatism. That ideal has taken quite a beating lately, mostly at the hands of Bernie Sanders and his supporters.
I received a nice letter from Donna Barksdale asking me to contribute to a new online Mississippi news service called Mississippi Today.
Like all cities, Columbus has had its share of mistakes, misadventures and missed opportunities during its long history. It has also had its share of successes, too.
We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and unprecedented nuclear dangers internationally.
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