Past and Present – Photography lessons and my run-in with deer herd

When the late Tommy Hallum, who knew how to do everything at the CCJ was going to leave us for his elected job as chancery clerk, I realized that nobody else was left to take, process film and develop pictures in the darkroom. So I saw that Itawamba Community College was offering a course in photography at their Ole Miss branch in Tupelo. I signed up for it.
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Past and Present – Quarantine not unlike my teacher’s suggestion

In high school in Macon we had an English teacher who told us that if we could not stay in our homes alone for two weeks and not see anybody, we were in trouble.
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Past and Present – Gale’s hunting trip and NCF

My father and his brother, J.C., had Scott’s Standard Service Station across the street from the court house in Macon.
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Past and Present – Lot of history with my friend Rebecca Davis

The funeral of Rebecca Davis was the most spiritual to which I have ever been.
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Past and Present – Gale, Willie Morris and Petey on side of the road

It may have been careless driving. It may have been DUI. I don’t know, but it happened as Gale was coming home from the University late one night. In charge of student media, he could not leave until the students had finished with “The Daily Mississippian,” a morning paper.

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Past and Present – Lots of stories and great memories with McInnis

Many of you may remember my big Old English Sheep dog McInnis, named for the person who introduced us to the breed. I got him as a puppy in Starkville from a lady on Oktoc Road, who raised them. They were all so cute and choosing one would be difficult I thought, but McInnis kept coming up to me and made the choice easy.
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Past and Present – Recommend Bragg’s book on Jerry Lee

Last week I wrote about Rick Bragg and his southern stories. He has another book that I think is interesting--”Jerry Lee Lewis, His Life.”
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Past and Present – Miss my Peugeot, not my warts

The car I had that I was really in love with was a silver Peugeot with red leather seats and seat warmers. If you drove it fast, it would really hold the curves and at night when all the interior lights were on it looked like an airplane pilot’s quarters.
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Guest Column – Still have my souvenir bricks from Bruce Hospital

We had 24 here for our family Christmas Eve celebration. The traditional meal – turkey, ham and dressing was served. Afterwards, the cooks all agreed that we would have soup and cornbread next year.
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