Seeing my dad, as he was in the ninth grade

August 22, 2011 When I read the Facebook message from my Dad’s first wife that said, “Lacy go to classmates.com and look in the 1950 class book and see your father in the 9th grade school love neva,” I didn’t know what to think. But I did what she said. I logged into Classmates.com, a website that was created for alumni to reconnect. Sure enough there was my dad’s yearbook from 1950 Grenada (Miss.) High School and there he, Paul Mitchell, was on page 34.

More than biscuit makers

August 19, 2011 Dear editor:During the period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 the 95 members of Independence County Extension Homemaker Council performed 49,511 hours of volunteer service in their communities and our county.According to the President’s Council on Volunteerism this has an economic impact value of $1,057,554.96 for our county.Yes, we’re more than biscuit makers!Sincerely,Bill HoskinsPresident, ICEHC

‘Tea’ is not ‘terrorist’

August 19, 2011 Dear editor:I cannot let the column in Friday’s Guard on August 12th titled “If the Tea Party Were Liberal” go unchallenged. It is written by Tina Dupuy, whoever she is. She calls herself a Young Turk, whatever that is.

Superman has died

August 19, 2011 My hero and friend, Randy Kemp, was killed in a motorcycle accident this past Sunday. Randy, a longtime newspaper man, was my mentor, the man who gave me a chance to do what I had only dreamed of — become a writer.

Political enemies within

August 19, 2011 The axiom in recent presidential elections is that the left and right stay put, while the middle shifts just enough to determine the winner. When the middle moved to the right we got Bush; when it slid left we got Obama. What makes the 2012 campaign so intriguing — and frightening — is that it may be determined by two other elements: the far right and the far left.

The path to a more abundant life

August 19, 2011 The morning air was crisp, and the sky so clear that many stars hung twinkling still, stubbornly visible, now hours after dawn. The northern gust swept bitterly across the frozen fields of soy-bean stubble and whipped against the swampy banks of the meandering bayou. The rippling waves lapped eagerly at its ice crusted edges. Certainly it was a fine morning to pester the unsuspecting puddle ducks huddled up behind what little break the tree-line provided.

Don’t be a stranger, Lone Ranger

August 18, 2011 From all indications, Disney has fired a silver bullet into the new Lone Ranger movie, which was to have starred Johnny Depp as “faithful Indian companion” Tonto.Reports had the budget nearing (or galloping way past) a mind-blowing $200 million. That probably means the director decided to buy BOTH the gaffer and the “best boy” a jumbo popcorn and 32-ounce soft drink.

Don’t be a stranger, Lone Ranger

August 18, 2011 From all indications, Disney has fired a silver bullet into the new Lone Ranger movie, which was to have starred Johnny Depp as “faithful Indian companion” Tonto.Reports had the budget nearing (or galloping way past) a mind-blowing $200 million. That probably means the director decided to buy BOTH the gaffer and the “best boy” a jumbo popcorn and 32-ounce soft drink.

Congress doesn’t like making hard choices

August 17, 2011 If you were paying attention to the end-game of the debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington, you may have noticed something interesting. For all the partisan division over the details, there was agreement on one point: It’s safest politically to defer hard choices to the last possible moment — and maybe avoid them altogether.

Pastor finds worse things than joining Over-the-Hill club

August 17, 2011 A friend of mine said to me recently, “Old boy, how’s it feel to be a member of the Over-the-Hill gang?” I mumbled something as politely as I could, but on the inside, I was a little furious. I may be getting older, but I definitely am not old! In fact, I plan to get older every day.Once I got my blood pressure under control, I looked into this a little more closely. I am not quite sure I want a membership in such an organization. I checked out the dues and I am not quite sure I am up for it.