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God Bless You, Montague

God Bless You, MontagueByJimmy Reed Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is an Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, former Mississippi Delta cotton farmer, and retired college teacher. His collection of short stories is available via southernstories.com.As always, I started walking when the sun first lightened the horizon. This daily routine provides time to pray and to recite poetry.A favorite quotation [...]

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The Last Full Measure of Devotion

The Last Full Measure of DevotionByJimmy ReedJimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is an Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, former Mississippi Delta cotton farmer, and retired college teacher. His collection of short stories is available via southernstories.com.Someone once defined military veterans as those who recognize that love of God, fellow man, and country is the willingness to write a blank check, payable [...]

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"'Pologize Dice!"

“’Pologize, Dice!”ByJimmy ReedJimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is an Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, former Mississippi Delta cotton farmer, and retired college teacher. His collection of short stories is available via southernstories.com.As a boy growing up on Dad’s Mississippi Delta farm in the 1950s, I looked forward to Saturdays, mainly because I didn’t have to go to school, but [...]

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Virgilene's Mean

Virgilene’s MeanByJimmy ReedEditor’s Note: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His collections of short stories are available via southernstories.com.Uncle Virgil wanted a son to name Virgil, Jr., but ended up with a bunch of girls. When the last one came along, Aunt [...]

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A Real Fool

A Real FoolByJimmy ReedEditor’s Note: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His collections of short stories are available via southernstories.com.“Only fools think money can solve any problem,” my lifelong best friend and mentor, Jaybird, once told me. As a boy I didn’t always pay attention [...]

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Easter Hands

Easter HandsByJimmy Reed Editor’s Note: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His collections of short stories are available via southernstories.com.One fine spring day, on Dad’s Mississippi Delta farm, my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird told a story to a group [...]

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One Helluva Bad Day

One Helluva Bad DayByJimmy ReedEditor’s Note: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His collections of short stories are available via southernstories.com.It was a torrid July day in the summer of 1961. On my father’s Mississippi Delta farm, a huge field was [...]

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The Rock

The RockByJimmy Reed Editor’s Note: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His collections of short stories are available via southernstories.com.Following a tour of Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner’s home, I asked students in my creative writing class how the great writer felt [...]

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The Starling And Miss Sterling

The Starling And Miss SterlingByJimmy ReedEditor’s Note: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His collections of short stories are available via www.southernstories.com.Our high school biology teacher instructed us to pick any wild creature inhabiting the Mississippi Delta, read up on it, and [...]

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Unshakable, Unfaltering Faith

Unshakable, Unfaltering FaithByJimmy ReedEditor’s Note: Oxford, Mississippi resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed (jimmycecilreedjr@gmail.com) is a newspaper columnist, author, and college teacher. His collections of short stories are available via www.southernstories.com.In graduate school, I memorized material that would likely appear on examinations, and forgot it after taking them, a practice that got me through [...]

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