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B.A.D.,R.I.P.

B.A.D., R.I.P.ByJimmy 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. I named the golden cocker spaniel puppy Beauregard Augustus Dog — B.A.D. Southerners nickname people and pets, so Beauregard became “Bo” and Augustus “Gus.” B.A.D. became Bogus.Though I bought him for the [...]

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Y'all'll Be Runnin'!

Y’all’ll Be Runnin’!ByJimmy 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. When I asked Jaybird, my boyhood best friend and mentor, to go fishing the next day with my pal Dean and me, he said, “Shoot naw, hit’s a [...]

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USS Dunleith

USS DunleithByJimmy 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. When cotton was gathered by hand, farmers placed wooden sheds near fields to store the harvest until it could be ginned. On my father’s Mississippi Delta farm, many of the old sheds [...]

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Reading To Kids

Reading to Kidsby Jim Ritchie Our Rotary Club in Canton is participating in the Read Between the Lions program, which is, in cooperation with the Lions Club, the reading of children’s books to pre-kindergarten kids at two of the day care centers here. I volunteered to be one of the readers and have done the readings several times. We’ve been [...]

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Junior's Dead!

Junior’s Dead!ByJimmy 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. It’s a miracle some kids reach adulthood. When I was ten years old, my yearning to fly like Superman almost nipped me in the bud.Back then, I idolized comic book characters [...]

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Second Chance From V.J.

    ByJimmy 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. That woman despised me for returning my date to the girls’ dormitory after curfew. She even went so far as to write me a sarcastic note stating I was no longer [...]

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Leave Lyndo Alone

Leave Lyndo Alone By Jimmy 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. Widow woman Johnson, who wasn’t overly bright, lived with her brood of urchins in one of the rental houses on my father’s Mississippi Delta farm. When completing her oldest [...]

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Respect

RespectByJimmy 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. The Mississippi Delta’s cotton crops did well that year, and Leland’s football team went undefeated. We seniors were happy. Only one thing bugged us: Coop.“Y’all drive too fast on Third Street by [...]

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Chippie The Chipmunk

Chippie The ChipmunkByJimmy 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. My brother Ronnie and I were nothing alike. He was good; I was bad. Curious about everything, I got into trouble constantly, and received many a switching because of Ronnie’s [...]

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Can We Puh-Leez Have Reverence!

Can We Puh-Leez Have Reverence!ByJimmy 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. Bugsy, Brent and I were three happy teenagers that Saturday in early June. Working chartreuse jigs around willow clumps, we filled two stringers with slab-sided speckled crappie. We couldn’t wait [...]

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