Ellie and Cirque du Soleil a unique combination

Sandwiched between a couple of birthday parties over the weekend, my granddaughters Addi Claire, Ellie Kathryn and I took in the Cirque Du Soleil show “Crystal” in Tupelo Saturday evening.
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New book provides accurate account of integration

STARKVILLE – School desegregation in Mississippi was a tough, messy and often a very dangerous business.
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Grandkids, dogs happily shrink bed

I was clinging to the very edge of the bed, so much so that a sneeze would drop me to the floor, but I was content. That’s because granddaughter Addi Claire was squeezed in tightly on my other side. Granddaughter Ellie Kathryn was stretched out beside her and on her left was step-daughter Jo Ellen’s long and lanky dog Sir. Across all our feet was my big, yellow Lab Charlie, who tends to roll back and forth on his back as he sleeps.
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Relevant realities with my 60th

STARKVILLE – Longevity runs in my family on both sides. My father lived to a few weeks shy of 76 years. My mom made it 82 years. My grandmothers lived to be 93 and 101 respectively. One grandfather died at 76 and the other at 81.
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Find brief respite at Orange Beach

The Journal (in print) has a new look this week for the first edition of 2019. More changes will come in time, but all with the intention of making the CCJ more enjoyable for you our faithful readers.

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Mississippi’s clout in Congress will be tested in 2019

STARKVILLE – During the 2018 federal election cycle, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national news organizations examined the question of what they saw as Mississippi’s declining clout on Capitol Hill.

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Poultry big to our state

STARKVILLE – The ancient creation dilemma is based on determining which came first, the chicken or the egg? But in 2018 agri-business government lending, the current dilemma is more accurately based on which comes first, the independent poultry grower or the corporate poultry integrator?

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Deafening silence and a scary new year

Silence is truly deafening. I’ve learned that over the past week sitting in my house in the middle of the night thinking about everything imaginable.

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Addi Claire helping me on and off the field

Riding back to Bruce on a school bus late Monday night, my newest assistant soccer coach – granddaughter Addi Claire, turned to me and said softly, “I really miss Nana.”
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Christmas and the Farm Bill

Perhaps if I were a preacher, which I’m decidedly not, and I offered a sermon, which this decidedly isn’t, I’d call it: “Christmas and The Farm Bill.”
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