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Sanctuary, glitch & more

Sanctuary is such a comforting word, a place of refuge, brought into our language by the Hebrews, and expanded quickly through the Christian church. Then a people movement in about 1989 expanded the use of the word sanctuary to city limits on the west coast....more >>

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Mickey the Poet and the not-so Supremes

Mickey Hiatt and I have been golf buddies, drinking buddies and friends for a whole lot of years. I just ran across some poems he wrote in his Catholic elementary school, after which he broke his pencil, found girls, went in the Army and aged....more >>

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Follow the sounds, and remember Horace

This Best of Jim's Jottings first appeared on July 8, 2009. Our exposure to politicians is almost suffocating. There is a lot of braying around and there will be more of them trumpeting from the other side of the political fence....more >>

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Joe Dirt

I'm sure we are all creatures of habit, and lock our minds into unrelated topics. Sunday, March 14 had a very strange beginning for me. I awoke at 7 a.m., and again at 10 a.m., just in time to watch Chris Wallace's Sunday morning news....more >>

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I like fireworks as much as the next guy, just won't spend my money on it

Soon after lighting a fire cracker, at about the age of 10 (which was about the same time I started appreciating clanging coins in my pocket) I made a lifetime commitment: To stop bursting money into the air....more >>

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Going thru some changes in life

I guess I'm going through the same changes in life that my dad did (and there is absolutely no hint or indication it can be related to Bruce Jenner nor Caitlyn). My change in life is when it comes to the changes in music....more >>

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Witching with my brother-in-law

(This from the way back archives -- the 1970s!) * * * At certain times I'm skeptical about various things or people, but basically I believe what people tell me, unusual or not. Like black panthers or leopards, fortune telling, and witching wells....more >>

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Common sense is a topic of choice

If you've got reasoning or common sense, you're already smarter than a lot of the campus geniuses. I just fried a pound of bacon in a pan on our range. This relates to my common sense remark....more >>

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'Vernacular,' where the meanings are made up

I think it was in my early high school days when I first heard, and learned, the meaning of the word vernacular. I was so pleased with myself. I believe I took a liking to that word after my teacher explained vernacular as being the "language of the streets....more >>

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It is 'fantastic' (this column, of course)

Back up several years to when I came to Oxford in the mid 1950s -- Milton Francis was working for Nowels Lumber Co. Some time after that, he started collecting historical notes He only recently (again) found some upon a cleaning/moving day....more >>
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