January 22, 2009
I remember Mrs. Wiginton’s first grade class well.
I loved learning to read, particularly those Dick and Jane books.
“See Spot run.”
“Run, Spot, run.”
I can’t recall a love for writing then. That came later.
Close to Nowhere
This ’n that
• Tuesday, January 20, as I write this, it’s snowing beautifully outside The South Reporter window. It won’t last and it won’t stick, but for the moment, I really enjoyed it.
We were talking up here last week about driving on the snow and ice. The tires on my car are designed for rainy streets and they do pretty well on just plain snow. I don’t know how they do on ice, because if Hwy. 310 is icy, my car is in the carport and will stay there until my uphill driveway is clear!
• We made a “surprise” trip to Heber Springs this past weekend. It was a surprise, as my niece Sister called me and said that her daughter Emily (two weeks younger than my oldest granddaughter) couldn’t possibly come to our house this weekend. Seems like Emily, Mere and Grace had made plans for Em to come spend the weekend. The girls just hadn’t bothered to mention it to anyone who could actually drive.
The Preacher’s Corner
Poor sport who will not wish our country, new president well
President-elect Obama took a piece of history as he chose to be sworn in on Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural Bible. The historic book was not Lincoln’s personal Bible, as during the long train trip from Springfield to Washington, the Lincolns became separated from their baggage, and President Lincoln’s own Bible was in one of those waylaid trunks. (Some problems never go away for travelers, and, kudos to Amtrak, the Obama-Biden train trip went far more smoothly than the Lincoln train of 1861!)
Letters to the Editor
Thanks for good time:
Thank you and The South Reporter staff for the reception for Dale Hollingsworth. I had a “good time,” especially seeing again students I had taught more than 50 years ago.
Reflecting on a year of successes for Holly Springs
According to Craig Ray, Mississippi Development Authority Tourism director, “this has been a very interesting year for tourism nationwide.” Mississippi had fewer visitors but spending was up more than $450 million which is a very encouraging, positive sign. People are staying longer and they are obviously having great experiences, so we can expect nothing but an increase in visitor traffic for 2009!
Welcome Home: Lynwood Turner
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
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