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Helms column: “Hello, Perfect Stranger House Cleaning”

According to business gurus, the secret to a successful enterprise is to provide a much needed service. For instance, if your stove goes on the blink right before Thanksgiving, call Heavenly Ham. Or say the family car quits the day before a vacation, call Enterprise. They’ll come pick you up and you can leave the […]

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letter to the editor

To the Editor: As the late great news commentator Paul Harvey use to say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” He was simply stating that truth is unchanging. The following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to the Pontotoc Progress 30 years ago, and it is still true today. […]

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Forget the tools son, trade ‘em for towels

Dr. Wood was kind enough to give me a pair of binoculars to help me find my reading glasses. I actually have a little beeper on my reading glasses that my kids gave me for Christmas. If you clap your hands they will beep. Unfortunately my wife keeps taking the batteries out of my hearing […]

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Memorial Day is not just another holiday

Memorial Day is not just a holiday where we get a day off work to have a cookout with our friends and family. It is a day to gather our friends and family together to honor those who made it possible for us to have a cookout in a safe country, state and community. It […]

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Keyless, handleless and clueless–perfect!

Ever heard “you’re never too old to learn something new?” How about, “you’re never too old to learn there’s something else you you know nothing about?” I believe there was a movie once titled “Clueless.” It’s going to be the title of my autobiography. I rented a truck the other day and they said the […]

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Mom and Nana, my favorite titles

With Mother’s Day approaching Sunday, my thoughts went to my mother and how much I miss her. It has been 12 years since I have had a Mother’s Day with my Mom. I lost my mother almost 13 years ago, but I don’t want this to be a sad column. That is certainly not what […]

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I will miss that strong Southern woman

I have been blessed in my life with two great role models of what a Christian woman, wife and mother should be and they were very different women. My mother was a strong, progressive, vibrant woman who died at age 69. She taught me how to stand on my own, to think for myself and […]

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A GPS is no match for a wife with a map

Maybe the folks at Storm Mountain Center, which is a 264-acre Methodist campsite and retreat in South Dakota, considered a couple of options when choosing the wording for a sign to help lost travelers which end up at their door. “Close, but no cigar, this is not Mount Rushmore.” “Close only counts in hand grenades, […]

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Butter your bread to the edge baby, I still love you

Well it rained March 1 and according to ole wives’ tales that means we’ve got another 15 days of rain coming this month. It got me to thinking about some other ole sayings. If it’s raining bubbles, it will rain tomorrow. If you got bubbles and it’s not raining, the washing machine repairman will be […]

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If you can spell astronaut you have the right stuff

Quote of the Week: “The auto correct mode on this cell phone texting is my own worst enema!” Amen. Do you remember the 1955 CBS sitcom the “Honeymooners,” which starred Jackie Gleason as volatile, but harmless  Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden? In every episode one of Ralphs’ get rich scheme’s would fail and his wife, […]

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Who do we call?

There are an untold number of projects that are going on in Pontotoc with the help of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District. Things ranging from big plants to small town water associations benefit because Three Rivers is here. Take the East Pontotoc Water Association. They are a small association that is doing its […]

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Kids these days don’t know

We have all heard our grandparents tell stories about how easy we have it. I can hear granddaddy now saying “back in my day we had to walk through three feet of snow for five miles twice a day to go to school”. It must have snowed a lot more back in my grandparent’s day […]

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“Mr. Darcy, there’s zombie-body for everybody”

English teachers take heed! Your efforts to get your students to appreciate a literary classic such as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is getting an assist from Hollywood this weekend with the release of the movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” That’s right, all of Austen’s timeless book characters are in the movie, including the […]

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You choose where you spend your time

How many times have you said, I would love to do something, but I just don’t have time. I learned that we do have time. We make a choice on how we want to spend our time and will make time for the things that are important to us or that we enjoy. I had […]

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