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The Goodness Of Goggles Gordon

The Goodness Of Goggles GordonByJimmy 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.When our new geometry teacher entered the classroom, we high school seniors almost laughed out loud. Well over six feet tall, Mr. Gordon [...]

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Diabolical Deegates of Disruption

Diabolical Delegates Of DisruptionByJimmy 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.Bugsy, Bubba and I were happy teenagers that Saturday in June. Working chartreuse-colored jigs around willow clumps, we had filled two stringers with [...]

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That Two-Stick Night

That Two-Stick NightByJimmy Reed Oxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacherMy folks squandered a lot of loot sending me to college. Studying was the last thing on my mind; first on it was fun. Weekends provided a target-rich environment for us ruckus-raising fun hunters, [...]

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Thanksgiving At The Gin

Thanksgiving At The 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. When I returned to the Mississippi Delta after overseas military service, my father hired me as his farm manager. One year, when harvest was nearing, he said, “Son, we’ve got a [...]

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Out-Bullying The Bully

Out-Bullying The BullyByJimmy 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 collection of short stories is available at southernstories.com.All of us are crazier at night than in daytime — triply so on Halloween.On that pitch black, moonless Halloween night, Wayne’ s plan was [...]

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A Successful Strategy

A Successful StrategyByJimmy ReedOxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacher. When I was growing up on Dad’s Mississippi Delta farm, my mentor and best friend Jaybird often took me to The Old Rugged Cross Chapel, a tiny country church, always packed on Sundays.I remember [...]

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The Rough And Ready Red Ryder Riflemen

The Rough And Ready Red Ryder RiflemenByJimmy Reed Oxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacherPace, Mississippi, is so small that a few paces in any direction are required to be out of Pace. In this tiny Delta farming community, everybody knows everybody … except [...]

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Pretty Close To $2400

Pretty Close To $2400By Jimmy 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. My friend Johnny Jennings was raised in the little Mississippi Delta town of Tutwiler, which during his boyhood years consisted of little more than a main street and a [...]

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The Odd Man Ouch!

The Odd Man Ouch!ByJimmy ReedOxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacher. Although Dean and I were only in junior high school, we’ d already acquired hoodlum habits. Convinced that doing wrong was easier than doing right — and more fun — we devised a coin [...]

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Each Time You Fall

Each Time You FallByJimmy ReedOxford, Mississippi, resident, Ole Miss alumnus, Army veteran, and retired Mississippi Delta cotton farmer Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacherEssayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “There is always a reason for good or bad fortune … good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.” For working folks, if having enough money [...]

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