Orientation at USM
I guess we officially have a college student in the family.
Thursday and Friday, Emma and I attended Preview 2009 on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
There were “First Year Experience” sessions for both parents and students. When the two days were complete, Emma had her student ID and was registered for classes, which begin August 19, just two months away.
USM had always been high on Emma’s list of college choices. And as the big decision drew closer, it did not make sense to pay thousands of dollars in out-of-state tuition to the University of Alabama. It made sense to pick one of our excellent universities right here in the state. We grew to love Southern Miss while living two years in Laurel (just 25 miles from Hattiesburg) and that love was rekindled last week.
Fonz big fan of angling
When I was a wee boy growing up in the Scottish Borders, our view of America mainly came from the television and the movies – or the pictures as we used to call them (and still do!)
I well remember TV series from across the Atlantic like Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, Streets of San Francisco, Casey Jones, Bonanza and the High Chaparral.
One classic, when I was a teenager, was Happy Days with that character that went on to become a cultural icon – The Fonz! So think how thrilled we were recently to discover that the Fonz himself – aka actor Henry Winkler – was actually here in the Borders to do a spot of fishing.
The Preacher’s Corner
Technology comes with a price
What a help the telephone is to the preacher! Mine started ringing early today with the stuff of my daily concern. “Margaret is in the hospital.” “Prentis needs a projector for Vacation Bible School.”
Truth to tell, I do most of my work over the phone. What if, as with my predecessors here in the olden days, I had to saddle a horse or write letters in long hand for every communication that needed to be made?
Except for the efficiency of my late afternoon visits to the Big Star, where in the course of several days I can usually catch up with just about all of my members, the telephone is my biggest helper in ministry.
Letters To The Editor
Cancer survivors tell their stories; fund-raiser nears
Editor’s Note: The following are testimonials being submitted in support of this weekend’s Marshall County Relay for Life.
My name is Phillip Shane Glass, but I go by Shane. I am 35 years old and I am a cancer survivor. When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. My doctor, Dr. Brooks Monaghan, found a tumor in the knee area of my right leg. I became a patient at St. Jude’s that very same day. A week later my leg was amputated and I started on chemo. At my five-year checkup, St. Jude’s found a tumor in one of my lungs. Surgery was done, the tumor was removed, and I have been cancer-free ever since. By the way my lung surgery was done on prom day and I was a junior at Holly Springs High School. By the grace of God, my parents, Dr. Monaghan and St. Jude’s, I am a survivor!
– Phillip Shane Glass
Hi, my name is Jessika Harris; I am the 15-year-old daughter of Jessie and Magnolia Harris. I am a 10th grade student at Potts Camp High School. I am a cancer survivor! I was diagnosed in May 2007 with Hodgkin’s disease (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). I was treated with 12 rounds of chemotherapy and three and one-half weeks of radiation. Through the grace of God and the many prayers, I have been in remission since September 2007. I am a member of Calvin Chapel United Methodist Church. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and my goal is to become a pediatrician.
– Jessika Harris
Citizens of Marshall County, we need your support to help Jessika and other cancer survivors who are fighting this dreadful disease. Jessika will serve as Marshall County’s honorary chair, along with Phillip Glass. This year our goal is to raise $65,000 and with your help, “Yes We Can!” If you would like to make a donation, please come to our annual Relay for Life event Friday, June 12, beginning at 6 p.m. You can make your donation at any of the team’s campsites or at the survivor’s table; no donation is too small. Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. Bring the whole family; there will be plenty of food, fun and games for everyone.
– Gracie Echols
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