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OCTOBER STORIES

The Unique Festivals of Mississippi

 

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Pointing Upwards: Port Gibson Landmark Restored

On a sunny, unseasonably mild Wednesday morning in August, a golden hand rose upward towards the heavens from its rightful home in Port Gibson, Mississippi. After being removed from atop the First Presbyterian Church for renovations and re-gilding, the iconic Golden Hand that so many passersby and locals looked up to through the years, as they ventured up and down Highway 61, is finally back and again guiding glances toward paradise.

 

 

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A Haunted History

Along Highway 61 just south of Vicksburg, Mississippi, sits the third oldest town in the state—Port Gibson. First settled in 1763 along the banks of Little Bayou Pierre, it became an official part of the United States in 1788. Port Gibson was home to significant figures, such as noted author Constance Cary Harrison, and has seen many visitors in its over 200 years as a town.

 

 

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Parental Poison

Being an attorney in a small town sentences one to dealing with “anything and everything” that walks through the door. That being said, I admit that one of the hardest areas of law is divorce work, especially when it involves children. Attorneys very often see parents using their children as pawns or leverage. On several occasions, I have seen Chancellor’s instruct (or admonish) parents that they “shall not” disparage the other parent in front of the children. Attorneys call it “poisoning” the children.

 

 

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Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

I love when fall arrives. I don’t know if it’s the crisp air, the turning of the leaves, or the upcoming real holiday I enjoy (eh-hem . . . Christmas); but there is something about the onset of October that puts a spring in my step.

 

 

 

 

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Hurricanes, Hunters, and Halloween

October is not a time of travel for farmers. It is still a harvest month when there were late beans planted and late cotton that couldn’t get planted at the regular time. Sometimes this works out to the benefit of the farmer, especially when a hurricane like Harvey comes through with rain and more rain and cloud cover and no sunshine. Our farmers didn’t benefit from Harvey, but it was not as much of a disaster as in 2008 when Gustave came through.

 

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Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner

When I was growing up, my favorite entree usually was chicken; and at a restaurant, I usually chose chicken over steak. Unfortunately, for my children, as they were growing up, I only cooked what I liked—chicken. I didn’t realize that other than ground beef or venison I never cooked anything else. When my son, David, was old enough to grasp this, he told me one day that he knew how I could make a lot of money—write a cookbook entitled 1,000 Ways to Cook Chicken. That is when I recognized that I might be overdoing the chicken.

 

 

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