Imagine a future without computers

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               Unthinkable, utter blackout.  I can only imagine.

The year is 2017 or 2020…or maybe tomorrow.  Some evil force has rendered the world’s satellites impotent and the planet is cast into darkness.  Literally.  No cell phone service, no television, no cash registers, no ATMs and no place to spend a dollar anyway.  We’re dead meat. Continue reading

Lessons of 911

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Each year when September 11 rolls around again, I’m reminded how tenuous our existence is on this planet. Who could believe that at any moment some rogue culture or group of lunatics could  break through US security measures to destroy thousands of lives?

The victims on 911 were people who were doing their best to live honorable lives and support their families.  Even if they’re were not totally honorable,, their chances were good to get it right – someday.

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Golfing across Mississippi – literally!

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It was a “Robert Harrell” sort of day…breezy, warm and a golf course nearby just waiting for his foursome to tee off. They would hit a few balls, have a few laughs, followed by the requisite Canadian Club and coke at the 19th hole.

Today was just such a day.  Sadly, Robert was there in spirit only as his legions of friends and family gathered.  It was a great day to remember Robert and all he meant to the community of West Point. The crowd was gathered to dedicate what is the most unique putting green in the world – designed in the shape of the State of Mississippi.

(Pictured above are Robert’s children, wife Caroline, fourth from the left, and his brother- in-law George Bryan at right served as master of ceremonies.)
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The value of antiques

 

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Today was a momentus day. My girls reached a milestones birthday,, led as always by Norma (lower right). From left Marie Portera, Judy Staggers, Mary Jo Hill, and Ruthie Weathers helped usher her into our new fairy land. Doesn’t she look fabulous?

It wasn’t one of those birthdays with a zero,but just barely not. Today we were still struttin’ a bit and whiffing a little celebratory wine.This made us think we were especially cute since none of us could see very well and we only had two pair of glasses between us. Continue reading