April 24, 2008
I didn’t know coaching 5- and 6-year-old girls could be so much fun.
Close to Nowhere
Yes, I copied Barry’s headline. It’s so appropriate to both our columns this week.
The Preacher’s Corner
Grandmother’s cleaning frenzies were a blessing
The older I become the more I think that parts of those we have “loved long since and lost awhile” take up residence in us, after those persons have crossed over to the other shore. The better parts, I hope.
Wicker backs comprehensive plan to lower gas prices
By Senator Roger Wicker
With the busy summer travel season right around the corner and gas prices nearing $3.40 in some parts of Mississippi, urgent action is needed to help provide financial relief for those struggling with high prices at the gas pump.
Letter To The Editor
Glorious Pilgrimage visit:
What a glorious time we had (at the Pilgrimage)! We did Burton Place, Athenia, and Montrose on Saturday and had lunch at the Presbyterian Church. We stopped at the Kate Freeman Gallery, and of course at her home next door. (Our motivation there was actually more about chatting with Bea Green again than anything else!)
The supper at Montrose Saturday evening was so enjoyable, and the folks we met were so gracious and welcoming, in particular Jane and Wayburn (Callicutt) and their guests from Oklahoma, with whom we shared a table.
Sunday we walked Hill Crest Cemetery (I wish more tours were available besides just the two time slots) and made our final stop the beautiful Strawberry Plains Audubon Center and the Davis home.
I came home with 200 pictures on my digital camera -- that’s the mark of a really successful trip!
We have marked the calendar for next year and have invited a good friend from Oregon, who was in Holly Springs with us in 2006, to come up with us. Our hope is that the gentleman who owns Athenia will be persuaded to again include his beautiful property in 2009, as it was our favorite, probably because of the strong sense of family and home one feels there, and of course the wonderful art, and we would like our friend to enjoy it, too.
Overall, I think the thing we were most struck by is the access one has at your pilgrimage. There are no velvet ropes, no little paper “booties” to wear -- one feels like a true guest, receiving genuine, heartfelt Southern hospitality.
Congratulations to the ladies of the garden club, and to the town of Holly Springs for a job well done!
Margaret and Ron Spraitzar
(Editor’s Note: The Spraitzars avoided Hurriane Ivan in 2004 staying in Holly Springs at the Hampton Inn. Margaret returned to Holly Springs in September of 2004 with friends, to antique shop. She and Ron are also Hurricane Katrina survivors.)
Saluting our local “heroes” serving in war zones around the worldJames Marcus Anthony, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Mark W. Clark II, Army, Iraq
Battle Ewing, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
George Frank Frayser, Army, 3rd tour, Iraq
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq, ’05-06; Afghanistan
Brandon W. Freeman, National Guard, Iraq
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Henry A. Jones, Army, Iraq
Donnie Kirksey, Marines, Iraq
Kelvin O. Luse, Marines, 2nd tour, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
Michael McClatchy, Army, Iraq
George Merritt, Marines, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Corps Intelligence, Iraq
William D. Payton Jr., Air Force, Kuwait
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Ben Rogers, Army Ranger, Iraq
John Snow, Army, 2 tours Iraq, now in Afghanistan
Charles (Will) Stanback, National Guard, Iraq
Stephnie Taylor, Air Force, Iraq
Lynwood Turner, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Charles Weathersby, Marines, Iraq
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