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Wayne Mitchell

Thinking small this Christmas

Well, it’s that time again. It’s the annual discussion (or is it an argument?) when I mention it is time to write the family Christmas letter. Each year Jenny suggests that we should stop writing a Christmas letter to include with holiday cards. She thinks most Christmas letters are little more than bragging and that […]

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Parks auto dealership sold

The Parks Chevrolet-Buick-GMC car dealership in New Albany was sold Monday to Joe Marshall, owner of Barnes Crossing Hyundai-Mazda in Tupelo. The sale marks the end of 95 years of ownership by the Parks family. Parks Chevrolet was the oldest dealership in the state owned by one family and among the oldest in the nation. […]

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My wife’s ready for home cooking

My wife Jenny is ready for some home cooking. She says she had enough, maybe one too many, restaurant meals on our Thanksgiving holiday trip to visit my sister and her husband in Kansas City. In last week’s column, I wrote about how much I resisted eating food that came from strangers’ kitchens. I didn’t […]

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Jewelry, scarves and a sweet tooth

Reporter Angie Barmer was telling me about her interview for a story on how making jewelry as a hobby turned into a business for a couple of local people. She related how Al Stanford was a residential contractor for 20 years, but when the recession hit in 2008, his business faltered. One day he started […]

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Siri, why won’t you talk?

How do I get that woman to talk to me?” was the question. Jenny’s father was on the phone from her parents’ home in northern Kentucky and he thought Jenny would know the answer. “That woman” was Siri, the often annoying “assistant” that had fascinated him a year ago when Jenny demonstrated the voice-recognition feature […]

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Halloween a parade of life

My stocking cap was pulled down over my ears and my winter quilted bubble coat was zipped up tight against the howling wind. Jenny was bundled up in a hooded sweatshirt with a jacket over that. We were sitting in lawn chairs out on our driveway, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. “Why does it have […]

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Pasta bowls and a bloodied knee

I fell down some steps Friday, got skinned up and bloodied my knee. It’s the internet’s fault. At least that’s where I’m placing the blame. It all started a couple of months ago when we got an invitation to a wedding shower for one of Jenny’s good friends who is a teacher. Jenny decided she […]

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Exciting time for watching sports

If you love watching sports, and I do, the past three weeks have been the most exciting in nearly 30 years. No, I’m not talking about the rise of Mississippi State and Ole Miss to the top echelon of the college football polls. That’s been pretty exciting, too, for long-time fans of those two schools […]

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You can go home again … and again

Author Thomas Wolfe once wrote a novel, claiming, You Can’t Go Home Again. He was wrong. That’s what I did. Well, sort of. I went back to central Missouri a week ago, to Columbia where I attended college at the University of Missouri in the 1960s. I hadn’t been there in many years and didn’t […]

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A great idea at the time?

It’s one of those things that seemed like a great idea at the time. “Why not have a big, special edition of the Gazette to observe the 125th anniversary of the newspaper?” I thought. That was then – a year ago. By 10 o’clock last Friday night as we were struggling to complete the last […]

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