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Hunnud Pussent

Hunnud PussentByJimmy 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. In reading and writing, I found rhyme and reason, but not in arithmetic. As best he could, my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird explained it. Although illiterate, he had been taught [...]

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The Anatomy of a Scam (Artists Beware!!)

The Anatomy of a ScamMy wife Perry is a professional artist and some of her work is displayed for sale on the Mississippi Arts Commission website, which also furnishes her email address. A couple of weeks ago, Perry received an email from a very nice lady who had seen her offerings and wanted to order two of the pieces [...]

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Odd Man Ow!

Odd Man Ow!ByJimmy 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 Although Dean and I were only in junior high school, we had already acquired hoodlum habits. We decided it was less trouble to do wrong than right, and more [...]

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Ain't Got No Couth

Ain’t Got No CouthByJimmy 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 Let’s hope that scientists in one of the nations that refer to America as the Great Satan don’t figure out how to bounce death ray beams off cell [...]

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Deadeye Dillinger and Killer Kelly

Deadeye Dillinger And Killer KellyByJimmy 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 Leland, a tiny Mississippi Delta farming community, is a place where everybody knows everyone. Nothing overly exciting ever happens, except on Halloween, when kids, disguised in the get-up of ghosts, [...]

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The Real Sheriff

The Real SheriffByJimmy 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 lifelong best friend and mentor Jaybird warned me not to be deputized, but our little Mississippi Delta farming community was too far out for the law’s long arm to [...]

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A Bucyrus' Brawny Bellow

A Bucyrus’ Brawny BellowByJimmy 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 Among the highest art forms devised by mankind, Harley-Davidson motorcycles rank close to the top of the list. The deep-throated, all-American, guts-and-glory roar of their engines brings tears to my eyes.I’ve [...]

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Leave Lucas Alone!

Leave Lucas Alone!My father’s Mississippi Delta farm was so remote that walking in any direction brought one closer to civilization. Large drainage canals crisscrossed the area, providing ideal habitat for creatures that would have been at home in the Jurassic Era: bullfrogs, catfish, moccasins, beavers, loggerhead turtles, fish eels, and alligators.My boyhood best friend and mentor, Jaybird, told terrifying tales about [...]

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Bucket-Mouth Brute

Bucket-Mouth BruteByJimmy 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. Ophelia O’Dell owned a cattle ranch near Dad’s Mississippi Delta Farm. Known by all as Miz O, she was as ill-tempered as she was ugly. With one crabby finger, she’d slide [...]

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Them Dad-Gummed Super Dioxide Crystals

Them Dad-Gummed Super Dioxide CrystalsByJimmy 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.Because my lifelong friend and mentor Jaybird had seen many hucksters, hawkers, and horse thieves come and go in his lifetime, the old black man often warned me: “If [...]

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