Thursday, August 31, 2006
Birthdays come quicker
My 4-year-old came crawling into our bed early Friday morning.
Rubbing her still sleepy eyes, she said, “Happy birthday, Daddy,” and gave me a hug.
That was a great way to start my special day.
Close to Nowhere
On the road...
“On the road again...” that’s where Jane, my boon companion and traveling buddy, were this past weekend. And quoting a country song, by Willie Nelson, is appropriate as we went to Nashville, Tenn., which surely is the country music capital of the world!
Hurricane Katrina - By the numbers
BILOXI – Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and other state and local agencies and organizations, has been on the scene helping individuals, state and local governments, and certain non-profit organizations as Mississippi recovers from the devastation brought on by Katrina.
Letters to the Editor
Last week you had a letter from Dana Hayes talking about what a great daddy she has and I would like to add a little something that I know about J.S. Butler.
He is everything she said he is and more. He is the best neighbor a person could have. His “Little Ponderosa” is next door to me. He is a quiet man, but he goes about doing good all day.
I never know what I am going to find when I open my back door, from bringing my paper, to leaving vegetables, watermelons, newspaper clippings. He cuts my yard, bushogs the pasture, weed-eats, blows leaves off my carport and patio.
Sometimes it is so hot and he is steadily outside working either at his house, my house, or his relatives’. If he has cut all the grass he can find at our houses, he loads up his lawnmower and goes to a relative’s house. This man is like the “Energizer Bunny.”
Several times I have had to tell him “to get off my property.” I tell him to rest, and get out of the heat; he waves his hand and laughs.
He and his wife Mildred (Mickey) stay busy. They are faithful members of Bellevue Baptist Church, they put up tons of food, give away lots of vegetables, and take care of Mildred’s mother, who lives with them.
I am so fortunate to have them as neighbors. They have been so good to me and my family. I want to say, Thank you!” May God continue to bless you!
I am a librarian and a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama, researching the “Freedom Libraries” created in conjunction with Freedom Schools and Community Centers established by civil rights activists in Mississippi between 1963 and 1965.
I am endeavoring to preserve the oral histories of people in your area who came in contact with those books and libraries — e.g., former Freedom School students, local residents who spent time in the Community Centers, or local public or school librarians who interacted with the Freedom Library volunteers.
Could you bring this research project to the attention of your readers, and provide my contact information for those who wish to share their memories? My email address at the University of Alabama is firstname.lastname@example.org; my physical address is: 409 W. Alabama Ave., #12; Ruston, LA 71270.
My research project website, at http://www.slis.ua.edu/kcook3/index.html, provides information about this project. I will be happy to respond to any questions you may have.
Thank you for your assistance.
(662) 252-4261 or email@example.com
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