Tag Archives: Mississippi

From the Tallahatchie Bridge to the company store

  Today is “the third of June,” and since I am not in the Delta, I can’t tell you if it is sleepy or dusty this year. Most likely, it is both. But I can tell you that each year … Continue reading

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Pickin’, shellin’ and tellin’

“Make sure they’re not too soft, boy. I don’t want tomato juice all over the backseat of my Buick.” My first lesson in choosing tomatoes, around 1972. I think about those words from my grandfather every summer as tomatoes, green … Continue reading

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The lower lights

Lighthouses speak to me. The first one I remember seeing as a little boy is the Biloxi Lighthouse on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Later, when my family moved to Pascagoula in 1970 and I began to sail, the Round Island … Continue reading

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October 18: Dewey’s Tune

Railroad Man October 18, 1900: My grandfather’s birthday.  It was just a few months after legendary  railroad engineer Casey Jones was killed in a train wreck and later immortalized  in song.  My grandfather, George Dewey Pittman, became a railroad man, … Continue reading

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The moon, Sun and Hemingway

The Moon It was a product of the pride the people in the United States had in the 1960s for our race to land a man on the moon. A globe of the moon. As a boy in Mississippi approaching … Continue reading

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“Saints”

“Saints.”  Say that word to a New Orleans jazzman and he will know what you mean.  If you are in the French Quarter on the street or in a club, he also may respond by extending the hand not holding … Continue reading

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Still on the farm

“I took a bull to the sale barn today and ‘bull’ is what they offered me. But sometimes you just have to take what they’ll pay and pray it gets better, you see.” That’s almost a direct quote from a … Continue reading

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