Thursday, March 8, 2007
Ben and Robin Seale entertain two from New Zealand; tour several sights while visiting here
Susan Warren travelled to Ocean Springs last week to spend time with her daughter and son-in-law, Alexis and Clay Williams.
Hillery O’Brien of Hogansville, Ga., spent the weekend with Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. She was delivering the newest addition to the Kay and Laura Wheeler family, Maggie. While here, she got to watch master potter, Sheri Marshall, throw a beautiful bowl on the pottery wheel, enjoyed several games of Scrabble and visited with friends.
Last week, Ben and Robin Seale entertained Lachlan Lepper and Rauru Walker, both of Wellington, New Zealand. They are taking the United States by storm, backpacking around most major cities. Dr. Ben Martin gave them a grand tour of his home, Athenia. Dr. Al Hale also graciously showed them his home, Hilltop. While here, they also toured Christ Episcopal Church, Graceland, Too, played a round of golf at Kirkwood and had famous Phillip’s Grocery hamburgers. They spoke at Marshall Academy to the geography students in Mrs. Kazemba’s class, as well as to the fifth and sixth graders. After they got a good taste of Holly Springs, they headed to Memphis. From there, they were going to Nashville, Tenn., to visit with Andy Seale. Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Venezuela and Colombia are also stops the duo will make on their journey. They were certainly a nice pair of men and I hope they return to Holly Springs again really soon!
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Mississippi, the land I love
Mississippi is the land I love! If I had to describe Mississippi with one word, would it be “lush”, or “best” or just plain “greatest!” We are a paradox as in the past we sometimes have received bad press.
Holly Springs is a reflection of our beautiful state, but mainly a reflection of our most valuable resource, our wonderful people, who have maintained and nurtured our history, heritage, and culture and passed it on to us to do the same for our future generations.
Did you know that in the years before the War Between the States that Mississippi was the fourth richest state? Did you know that Mississippi furnished 28 generals to the War Between the States and we had more battles on our soil than any other state except Virginia? We Mississippians do have an incredible cultural heritage. We can boast of a colorful past that makes us different, interesting, quaint, and a cultural asset to the nation.
We in Holly Springs and Marshall County have the cultural responsibility of preserving what has been and what is to be and to teach so that our children will feel the same sense of belonging that we have come to love and to cherish.
In this 21st century, we have a great draw to our lovely state by way of our inherent Southern culture to entice visitors to enjoy the unique charm of Mississippi. In other words, we need to dwell on our history and our heritage, which is the best we have to offer. I am proud to say we are different from all other states and we are the next best thing to our reward in the sky.
A long time ago when I was living in Vicksburg, I flew low in a small plane to Florida. I was amazed as we flew over the pine tops of Mississippi. There was an invisible line that had been drawn and then it was Alabama with its tree-covered little mountain tops. We passed over another line and then it was the red clay of Georgia and from here was another line over the white sand-soil of Florida. Then Mississippi itself is in four stages: the hills at the north, the prairie on the east, the delta on the west and the coastal region on the south, all different yet all connected under one Mississippi roof. When someone in recent history asked Morgan Freeman why he would choose Mississippi in his retirement, his reply was, “Where else? That’s the best place on earth!” and in his retirement, he has done so much for the state. He appreciated his state and has come back to be a favored son of the state.
Again, in my opinion, Mississippi is the new frontier with our pristine blue skies, our elbow room, and our distinct Southern culture. There is nowhere in the world where heritage is so ingrained, so preserved, or so prevalent! We may look back on this time as a great time because when others find out how great we are and what a good life we have here, they may encroach on it, too. So in the meantime before we have to join the world, let’s enjoy doing things our way and pass it on to new generations.
When I was in school, my beautiful and talented neighbor, Marion Lea, on College Avenue wrote a song about Mississippi that we all sang as our theme song in school. That song left an indelible imprint on each of us children that is still with us.
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