Celebrating a life well lived

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Yesterday was spectacular… MSU vs. Bama game notwithstanding!  It was picture perfect because my community celebrated the life of a man who had a hugely positive impact on the quality of the lives of all who knew him.  It was practically an all day affair.

Bill Poe of Starkville, Mississippi died October 14 just five days after celebrating his eightieth birthday.  As you can see he looked more like 15 on October 9 when we toasted his milestone birthday,  Five days later he was gone and several of us suspected he knew his time on earth was drawing to a close.  He suffered from complications of diabetes but still worked out regularly at the “Hellness” center as he liked to call his gym. Continue reading

Hush Yo Mouth, I’m the South

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The world has officially fallen off its axis. I’m convinced of it.  That, or we’ve slipped through one of those black holes and everyone is having a hard time regaining equilibrium.

I didn’t discover this latest disaster until early the wee hours this morning. Sleepless and bored, I tuned the TV to a program taped by the Mississippi wildlife organization.  I have zero interest in hunting and fishing but what caught my attention was the intriguing lead-in. Continue reading

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.

The victims of 911 would never get that chance. Continue reading