Thanksgiving Checklist 101: Yes, it’s Time!
To borrow a phrase uttered by a friend this week on social media. “Don’t fight me about this!” The difference between her statement and mine lies in one key fact. She made the comment while posting photos of her already-decorated Christmas tree, thereby bypassing Thanksgiving. I’m here to make the argument that Thanks-giving and all its glory should be given its due. I feel it’s my job to share a few time-saving ways that might help you appreciate Thanksgiving before Christmas takes over our wo . . .
Terry Headlight News
Terry P. Johnson
This year keeps rapidly racing along. It moves no more rapidly than other years, but, to many of us, but its movement seems more speedily. We are now into November, this year’s next-to-last month. Veterans Day comes on Friday of this week (and may be read about below), and Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent follow before December will be here.
This past Saturday was, for a change, a day of rain, and this was welcomed news to most of us. The First Baptist Church had been planning a go . . .
From the Pastor’s Pen:
“Blessed...” (Matthew 6:34)
“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
In the Screwtape Letters, Screwtape counsels his young, demonic nephew, saying: “In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time?-? for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays. Hence nearly all vices are rooted in the future.”
A . . .
Tuesday morning, election day. I got up this morning at my usual 5:00 AM fully expecting more political rhetoric from pundits on either side of the ballot. My thinking was that there was too much hope on the Republican side. Polls may not be as accurate as some pollster’s thought. There are a lot of similarities with weather forecasters; no matter how wrong they are, they still get paid. Some voters will be happy while others will be disappointed. I don’t believe that the country is ready to su . . .
“GameDay” in Jackson was a Blessing of HBCU Football
I will admit to a special affinity for Jackson State University. After all, as a young sportswriter for the old Jackson Daily News, I covered Walter Payton, who in my mind became the greatest running back in football, college or professional.
That was heady stuff for someone just breaking into the newspaper business, although my actual entrance began as a 10-year-old “paper boy” in McComb and later as a kid reporter for that city’s Enterprise-Journal.
In 1971-72, I interviewed Payton and wr . . .
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
“May you always live in interesting times.” ...ancient Chinese Curse
Life is full of interesting little surprises. Pain (or the avoidance of it) is a great motivator and takes precedence over any comedic relief which I could have offered in this month’s column. One of my readers recently asked why I didn’t write more articles on informative medical topics... so this one’s for him.
Physician Heal Thyself
For a night or two recently, I could not shake a strange discomfort behind my right ear . . .
MC Theater Program’s Holiday Production Evokes Treasured Memories, Lessons of Friendship
The enduring gift of friendship will be the focus of a heartwarming theatrical adaptation of a Truman Capote short story that will usher in the holiday season at Mississippi College.
MC’s Theater Program will present “A Christmas Memory,” a performance that is part stage reading, part stage play, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12, in the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall in the Aven Fine Arts Building. The production will take Capote’s words from the page to the stage, verbatim.
Set in Depress . . .
Felder’s Digging Fork
Digging in the dirt for me has deep mental and philosophical connotations.
As we physically turn it over we wipe clean a once-burgeoning cornucopia of shapes, color, flavors, fragrances, and butterflies, into a bare slate of possibilities. And hope.
That’s what I’ve been doing all week, pulling up faded pea vines, zinnias, and crabgrass, stirring the root-filled earth to mix old mulch deep down to loosen and enrich the soil, and raking it smooth to ready it for seeds and transplants of c . . .
‘To Dip or Not to Dip?’ The Answer is Pretty Obvious
I got a little feedback – make that pushback – from last week’s suggestion to make your own chicken and beef broth. I’m not sure I adequately explained how easy it is to simply let pour everything in a stockpot and let the ingredients boil while doing other things. And, the beef stew made from my homemade beef broth was delicious, although lighter in color than normal. I attribute this to the lack of brown dye most likely used to give commercial beef broth its rich brown color. But enough about . . .
Terry Headlight News
Terry P. Johnson
Sadly, there is another Terry death to report. Mark Williams, who grew up on Pine Grove Road, passed away on Saturday. I have no obituary information to publish, but Mark’s obituary will be shared as soon as possible. (Nancy Hynum Stapp is to be thanked because she informed me of this death.)
Halloween has now passed, and we are now into November 2022. Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day are 3 of the holidays that will be celebrated before the beginning of Advent.
Sunday, . . .
From the Pastor’s Pen:
“Blessed...” (Matthew 6:32-33)
“For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
When discussing public speaking, Tim Pollard compares our brains to a child with a hundred pennies. Every fact, every statement, every joke costs a penny. When the pennies are gone, so is your audience. The same idea can be applied to our lives, can it not? We can only make . . .
Daylight savings or midterms?
This Sunday will mark the end of Daylight-saving Time, falling back to Standard Time; with next Tuesday ushering in the much-touted midterm elections throughout the country.
All of the hullabaloo about who is going to win the election; will Democrats lose the House of Representatives, and will Republicans win the Senate? What’s the real difference? I can get a lecture from either side on the benefits of voting for elephants or donkeys, a win from either case won’t bring back the country some . . .