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Those Three Most Beautiful Words

Those Three Most Beautiful WordsByJimmy 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 at southernstories.com.On that unusually warm February evening, a fresh breeze wafted through the window, and no doubt the full moon’s alabaster face gazed [...]

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A Fish No Man Could Catch

A Fish No Man Could CatchByJimmy ReedOxford, 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.Deep down in his mute, cool, dimly lit domain, the monarch of the Mississippi Delta swamp hole lay in patient [...]

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Think no mo' o' Dolly Jo

Think no mo’ o’ Dolly JoByJimmy Reed 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.I always wanted to be a cowboy, but once I lost my enthusiasm for being one — all on account of Dolly [...]

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Use Female Crickets

Use Female CricketsByJimmy Reed 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.Mark Fratesi, who owns a country store in the Mississippi Delta, is an outstanding perpetrator of practical jokes, a skill shared by my [...]

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Potiphar Got Plastered On Picayunes

Potiphar Got Plastered On PicayunesByJimmy Reed 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.This story did not spring from a warped imagination. The events chronicled herein are true, confirming beyond exaggeration, elaboration, or embellishment [...]

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I Shall Not Live In Vain

I Shall Not Live In VainByJimmy Reed 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 books are available via southernstories.com.Long years of farming cotton in the Mississippi Delta set my circadian clock. I rarely sleep past four o’clock, and take long predawn walks, [...]

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Unto You Is Born This Day A Savior

Unto You Is Born This Day A SaviorByJimmy Reed Oxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacher. His latest collection of short stories is available via southernstories.com.That Christmas Eve, Jaybird leaned on the porch rail, looking across Mississippi Delta cotton fields he had worked for [...]

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Christmas At The Cotton Gin

Christmas At The Cotton GinByJimmy Reed Oxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacher. His latest collection of short stories is available via southernstories.comWhen I complained to my father that the gin crew and I should not have to work through Christmas, he said, “Son, we [...]

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The Gift Of Honesty

The Gift Of HonestyByJimmy ReedOxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacher. His latest collection of short stories is available via southernstories.com.Purlean and “Ug” Upton owned a mom-and-pop store in the Mississippi Delta, and paid top dollar for pecans. One look explained Mr. Upton’s nickname. After [...]

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A Giant Awakened

A Giant AwakenedByJimmy ReedOxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacher. His latest collection of short stories is available via southernstories.comBorn December 7, 1923, my father was eighteen years old on that day which will live in infamy: December 7, 1941. When Dad learned that [...]

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