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Walter Redden

11/04/2014 - 11:57am

The traffic moves fast on Old Canton Road. As you well know, Old Canton Road is a major thoroughfare in North Jackson. My residence, for 53 years, is in the vicinity of the intersection of Ridgewood and Old Canton Road.

I travel up and...

10/24/2014 - 3:26pm

The washing machine and the dryer are located next to the back door. As you go out to the carport, the two laundry items are very permanent. They have been located in the same spot for 50 plus years.

One day I was rushing out the back...

10/07/2014 - 10:42am

This all started because of a long, loose shoelace that was dangling on the floor.  I did not trip on the shoelace, but came close.  My balance is poor, but I did not fall.  Falling, at my age, can be dangerous.  Trying to...

08/13/2014 - 10:01am

Could the forest be named for me?

Thoughts and speculations dawned on me that I was all lined up and was ready for the good news about an inheritance. Big or small, I was anxiously waiting. This daydream turned out to be an exciting...

07/29/2014 - 11:52am

On July 27, 1953, armistice was signed in Korea. Only a few years before that date, the city of Seoul was completely destroyed. The smoldering ashes, the plumes of smoke and the short edges of building remains still linger in my mind. The...

05/02/2014 - 3:15pm

Since our health is a bit on the shaky side, our private doctor suggested that we (Annette and I) consider home health.  This came as a suggestion and not as an arm-twisting thought.  The doctor quickly relieved us in saying the home...

04/16/2014 - 4:02pm

When did you learn to read? How did you learn to read? Was learning to read a big mystery? Can the time and the place be remembered of our early childhood reading habits? Within the huge umbrella of reading, what is a good, solid definition of...

03/26/2014 - 1:33pm

As the song goes:  “Travel my way, take the highway, that’s the best.”  Going south on I-55 through the metro, then converging with I-20 west, all the while watching for the overhead sign that reads:  “New...

03/07/2014 - 8:08am

My friend, John Allison Clark, is a 33rd degree Mason, the highest honor given to a Scottish Rite Mason. A few weeks ago,  Clark received a surprise invitation to attend and to be a candidate for the ancient and accepted Scottish Rite 33rd...

02/20/2014 - 3:16pm

A few days ago I saw love and honor in an excellent form. The event happened quickly – just in front of me – and I was impressed.

Because so much “bad news” is seen on TV, my hope and wish are to be surprised...

02/13/2014 - 3:13pm

I decided to venture out and do the house laundry. I did not know what was about to happen. I made a super goof.

Annette was not feeling well, so I volunteered for the laundry job. It became a difficult strain. I collected all the...

01/26/2014 - 9:31am

Occasionally I lose a matching black sock. Then a scavenger hunt occurs – simply because all my socks are black.  Recently, a sock was missing so I ran my hand deep in the dresser drawer, hoping to discover my missing sock, but...

01/16/2014 - 3:53pm

As of late, I have been in charge of buying groceries – not as a chef, but as a fellow member of the household.  This new assignment has been fun,  because I get a chance to visit with people as I go up and down the aisles of...

11/08/2013 - 10:49am
Looking for a needle in a haystack is an immense search. Driving from Jackson to Tampa is also a huge search. This trek is not your usual run to the grocery store. Tampa is more than 700 miles away and, at my age and stage, the journey must...
10/16/2013 - 11:52am
Standing in a tiny parking lot in front of an especially busy beauty salon is an excellent place to catch up on the local news.
A taxi-cab pulled up next to me with a female driver behind the wheel.  She got out of the cab,...
09/19/2013 - 2:23pm

The Natchez Food and Wine Festival is very special for us. Annette and I have attended it for 10 consecutive years and each year is better than the last. The festival is the last weekend in July. The weather was perfect.

A great place...

06/26/2013 - 10:54am

Dignitaries generally are the ones who are invited to give the commencement address for Harvard University graduates. Our very own James Meredith was invited to speak on this prestigious stage, to the Harvard Graduate School of Education on May...

05/30/2013 - 11:14am

An American hero, Col. Ken Cordier, retired, was the guest speaker at the Saturday morning meeting of the Walter Scott Coffee Club.  Some 35 members were present.  Col. Cordier, a U.S. Air Force combat fighter pilot, was shot down...

03/12/2013 - 3:23pm

 

How stupid can you be? On the coldest day of the year, thus far, I pulled the most brainless trick of a lifetime.

The daily paper is very reliable because the carrier is most dependable. Each morning he places the paper...

01/30/2013 - 12:51pm

Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. The meteorologist had correctly predicted a dusting of snow to fall during the wee hours of the night. This precipitation was no surprise. Since I had spent a serious Siberian winter in 1951 in North Korea...

01/02/2013 - 12:07pm

The 15th Radio Squadron Mobile (Korean War veterans) had its 17th annual reunion in Branson, Mo. Some 28 men, plus wives, family and friends attended. Camaraderie was at an all-time high. Men are getting older - 80 plus years old. Several were...

11/29/2012 - 12:00pm

Thanksgiving is truly for a family get-together.  I am so glad that President Lincoln took his pen and set aside a day in November for families to meet, to greet, and to give thanks to our Lord.

Our son, who lives in Largo, Fla.,...

09/26/2012 - 11:42am

When the phone rang a few weeks ago,  I did not know the person on the other end of the line.  The conversation was concerning a speaking engagement on a Tuesday night for a group of ladies who attended Christ United Methodist Church...

09/20/2012 - 12:58pm

Fall has arrived and, within a few days, October leaves will bring a spread of yellow, orange, brown and rust - fall colors, except for the evergreens. These colors are a harbinger for the State Fair. A half-million plus will walk the midway...

09/13/2012 - 11:51am

My sister, who lives in Arizona, called a few days ago to remind me of Dad’s birthday in late August.  If Dad were living, he would be 120 years old.  He was born in rural Bolivar County in 1892.

In my mind, as a pre-...