An interview with Jesus?

HEAVEN — A number of years ago on some TV talk show, the question came up among a group of journalists: If you could go back in time, through history, and have a one-on-one interview with any one individual, who would it be?
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Value of one’s true worth

In the climactic moment of Frank Capra’s cinematic masterpiece, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the Harry Bailey character proposes a toast: “To my big brother George, the richest man in town.”
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Thinking about the unthinkable

When you are a novelist, a writer of fiction, it is perfectly fine to create your own reality. When you are the president of the United States, it is not.
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On dancing with the devil

Mississippi has enough darkness in its history without adding Steve Bannon’s particular variety of it, but it increasingly looks like that is exactly what those of us living here are about to get.
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I’d give a lot for another

Over the years I have just found it easier to say “Clarksdale” when people ask me where I am from, but longtime readers know that my actual hometown is this hamlet, located about 15 miles north of the better known city and also bearing the name of the county in which both are located.
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It’s less about Moore than us

When I first heard the news about Alabama’s would-be next Republican U.S. Senator “Judge” Roy Moore, I had two thoughts almost simultaneously: thank God it isn’t Mississippi and this might get the crazy ole coot more votes.
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A year removed from death

Just a few days over a year ago last week, a very good physician sat down on a stool in front of me in his office, looked me dead in the eyes and said one of those things that is guaranteed to command your entire attention: “Well, it’s what we thought. You have lung cancer.”
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First Amendment under assault

It’s true you know: If you repeat something enough times people will start to believe it, whether true or not. It is propaganda 101 and there are just a slew of recent public opinion polls that prove that, once again.
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Please don’t deny our children

“I’m not understanding really, what the big controversy is.” —Biloxi School District Supt. Arthur McMillan. Well, let me educate a superintendent of education.
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Truly the eye of the beholder

Give or take a month or two, I have now been writing this column for almost exactly 40 years, which is a long time for anything, much less spouting off one’s opinions in writing.
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