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Volume 2 Number 1<br />

nov/dec <strong>2015</strong><br />


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In this issue Thanksgiving Favorites ...................6<br />

The Attitude of Gratitude ................. 14<br />

Another Place at the Table. ............. 20<br />

The Sundial Santa ...............28<br />

GermanFest...............................32<br />

Big. Smart. Strong..................... 36<br />

The Legacy of Tilda Bogue. ............. 40<br />

Canton-The City of Light ............... 48<br />

Junior Auxillary Cookbook. ............. 51<br />

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My favorite place to spend<br />

thanksgiving is in<br />

Anniston, Alabama with<br />

my grandparents and<br />

cousins. My favorite dish<br />

is turkey and dressing!<br />

Connor Crews<br />

My favorite place to spend<br />

Thanksgiving is wherever my<br />

family will be. Whether at<br />

home or traveling, they make<br />

celebrating Thanksgiving<br />

memorable each year. My<br />

favorite dish is my mother’s<br />

homemade cornbread<br />

dressing. She makes it just<br />

right. I have tried to replicate<br />

it…and hers is always better!<br />

At Times Square in<br />

New York City! We had the<br />

chance to go a few years ago<br />

and will be going back this<br />

year to spend Thanksgiving<br />

Day watching the Macy’s<br />

Thanksgiving Day Parade.<br />

My favorite dish is<br />

crawfish dressing.<br />

Mark Metcalf<br />

My favorite holiday dish<br />

is my mother’s dressing!<br />

So that probably follows<br />

that I love spending<br />

Thanksgiving with my family.<br />

I have 3 brothers who are<br />

absolutely fantastic.<br />

Dr. Debbie Norris<br />

Kim Murphy<br />

Traveling to my hometown of<br />

Columbus to my parents’<br />

house when my children were<br />

smaller was my favorite. Now<br />

that my kids are grown,<br />

gathering at our house is<br />

wonderful. My mother had a<br />

toasted white bread stuffing<br />

recipe that I serve at<br />

Thanksgiving. It tastes like<br />

home!<br />

Gary Maze<br />

My favorite place for<br />

Thanksgiving is where I go<br />

every year–my in-laws in<br />

Petal, watching football.<br />

My favorite holiday dish<br />

is my father in-law’s<br />

smoked turkey.<br />

Kevin Cooper<br />

My favorite place to spend<br />

Thanksgiving is my granny’s<br />

house! We have gone to her<br />

house (in Vardaman, MS)<br />

for Thanksgiving my whole<br />

life. It has a special place in my<br />

heart. But I am happy to<br />

spend the day anywhere as<br />

long as I am with my family.<br />

It is only fitting that my<br />

favorite holiday dish is sweet<br />

potato casserole. Vardaman is<br />

called “The Sweet Potato<br />

Capital of the World”.<br />

My favorite place to spend<br />

Thanksgiving is at home<br />

with my family. My favorite<br />

holiday dish is ham!<br />

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Michelle Johnston<br />

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With Thanksgiving nearing , I wanted to share<br />

some of my mother’s recipes just as she wrote them<br />

for me as a young bride, trying to help me learn<br />

how to cook. I treasure every word because I can<br />

just hear my mother telling me every step.<br />

All of these recipes are wonderful but the turkey<br />

recipe is especially handy. Several years ago, a<br />

friend from North Carolina shared a recipe for<br />

how to cook a frozen turkey breast and it is<br />

actually so good that I have used it several times,<br />

even when I wasn’t short on time. It's easy and<br />

delicious, juicy, and cooked to perfection. I hope<br />

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of gratitude<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Staying positive in a negative world will not only better your life<br />

but will change it in more ways than you can ever imagine.<br />

I’m not sure I remember a time in my<br />

life that I’ve truly felt the “weight” of the<br />

world like I have recently. I’ve literally<br />

gotten to the point that I cannot bear to<br />

watch the news for the constant barrage<br />

of negative behavior, terrible stories and<br />

discouraging reports. Sometimes I think<br />

it would be best to just squeeze both my<br />

eyes shut and stick my fingers in my ears.<br />

La-la-la-la-la-la . . . .<br />

It’s easy to see all that’s wrong in the<br />

world. It’s everywhere–social injustice, bad<br />

politics, immorality, violence, persecution<br />

of Christians, lousy jobs, crime. And it’s<br />

certainly easy to get overwhelmed and<br />

consumed with worry and dread, not to<br />

mention that all of us have our own struggles.<br />

We all have mountains.<br />

So how do we stay positive in such a<br />

negative world?<br />

It has become my mission, particularly<br />

as we embark upon the season of thanksgiving,<br />

to focus on the things I’m thankful<br />

for. I’m deliberately turning a blind eye<br />

and limiting my exposure to all the things<br />

in this universe that can zap me of my joy.<br />

And at the risk of sounding cliché, it’s an<br />

attitude of gratitude that can move those<br />

pesky mountains that often seem to get in<br />

our way.<br />

I started thinking about my son and<br />

how important it is to ensure that he<br />

understands the concept of being thankful<br />

in what I consider to be a largely thankless<br />

world. I don’t know about you, but I am<br />

keenly aware of the sense of entitlement<br />

that our young people seem to have today–<br />

and I believe it’s purely generational. It’s<br />

not even their fault. They’ve just never<br />

known what it is to do without. And we’re<br />

the ones that worked ourselves to death<br />

to give them everything! Think about it.<br />

Oh, the irony.<br />

Teaching a child to look beyond their<br />

one-person universe can be a challenge. But<br />

kids who aren’t taught to be grateful end up<br />

with those feelings of self-entitlement and,<br />

even worse, are constantly disappointed.<br />

And if that’s not reason enough, grateful<br />

people report lower levels of depression<br />

and stress, stronger immune systems and<br />

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isolated and have more joy, optimism and<br />

happiness. Who couldn’t use a good dose<br />

of optimism and happiness these days?<br />

So since they’re not born with it, how<br />

do you teach a child to be appreciative?<br />

The most obvious answer I can think of is<br />

to lead by example. We must live lives of<br />

gratitude if we want our children to really<br />


We are called to be a thankful people.<br />

learn to be grateful. We need to point out<br />

the positives in people and in situations.<br />

We need to criticize and complain less.<br />

I know I need to be more mindful of my<br />

grumbles and let my child hear me being<br />

more overtly thankful for things–often<br />

easier said than done when we’re so<br />

inundated with outside noise.<br />

We should also reward thankfulness.<br />

It may sound crazy, but thanking our kids<br />

for thanking us may go a long way toward<br />

teaching them that we appreciate them, too.<br />

If we consistently delight in their gratitude,<br />

it will reinforce that behavior and they will<br />

express it more often.<br />

By using everyday moments to make<br />

gratitude and thankfulness part of your<br />

family’s daily life, you’ll foster a confidence<br />

and gratefulness in your child that will lead<br />

them to become kinder and more appreciative<br />

people in general–which leads us back<br />

to where we started. In a world with<br />

countless negative forces, what if we all<br />

made it our mission to overcome them<br />

with loving, positive affirmations of<br />

gratefulness?<br />

The incredible thing about gratitude is<br />

that once we realize all the things we have<br />

in our lives and all the things we can do,<br />

we create feelings of contentment within<br />

ourselves. And it’s with these feelings of<br />

contentment that we live happier lives–<br />

because when we’re content, our thoughts<br />

are positive. And based on the law of<br />

attraction, when we think “thankful”<br />

thoughts, we bring more into our lives<br />

to be thankful for.<br />

No matter what the current circumstances,<br />

there’s always good to be found.<br />

Even when things aren’t at their best, count<br />

your blessings anyway and let them buoy<br />

your sagging spirits. Whatever you send out<br />

into the universe will come back to you.<br />

So, find the good–and teach your children<br />

to find the good as well. Surround yourself<br />

with encouraging, optimistic and grateful<br />

people and see what happens.<br />

And be happy about finding the positive<br />

and consciously cultivate more gratitude—<br />

so much so that your heart explodes with<br />

delight and contagiously stretches out to<br />

those around you. The people that you love<br />

in life deserve your gratitude the very most<br />

and they will respond in ways that are both<br />

encouraging and fulfilling.<br />

We are called to be a thankful people.<br />

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life–<br />

and turns what we have into enough.<br />

If you want to feel happy, try on an attitude<br />

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Another PlAce At the tAble<br />

Kerri Walker

Scott and April Selman found a new calling when they discovered<br />

the great needs of foster care in Mississippi.<br />

The Selmans have four adult biological children, three adopted<br />

children, and currently two foster children. Two of their children were<br />

adopted through foster care, and one was adopted internationally.<br />

When their four biological children began transitioning into<br />

adulthood, the Selmans began to wonder what was next.<br />

“We started hearing about the needs of foster care,” said April.<br />

“We listened to a sermon series by David Platt on the book of James.<br />

He talked about how his church in<br />

Alabama was basically emptying the<br />

foster care system. They were licensing<br />

families in their church to become foster<br />

families, and<br />

we started thinking that was something<br />

we could do. James 1:27 calls us to care<br />

for orphans and widows. We got started.<br />

It’s our next step.”<br />

The Selmans have cared for several<br />

children placed in foster care throughout<br />

recent years. “Group homes are not the<br />

best solution in my opinion, and that’s<br />

where a lot of kids end up,” said April.<br />

“I think that giving kids a chance to see a<br />

functioning, healthy family is way more preferable. It also brings you<br />

a lot of joy to see them heal and grow and start to flourish. There are<br />

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Becoming a foster parent is not without its challenges. “Kids who<br />

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Despite the challenges, the Selmans have seen a lot of healing in<br />

their home. “It really is amazing to see a child that comes into your<br />

home withdrawn, introverted, closed off from building relationships,<br />

and completely at a loss for how to function, go through a complete<br />

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“Once our eyes are open to the need,<br />

we are commanded to respond.”<br />

–Scott Selman<br />

another meal that day and they will have clothes to wear and they<br />

will be protected and safe. It’s a big change.”<br />

This healing brings joy into the Selmans’ hearts. April said,<br />

“We’ve had kids come through who really had no idea how to give or<br />

receive affection, and we see that slowly start to change. All kids crave<br />

love–they need it. It’s incredible. I never expected to be able to<br />

witness that. You get so much joy out of seeing that healing take place.”<br />

“The ultimate goal is for the kids to gain the ability to become<br />

functioning adults—to break the cycle and to have the ability to<br />

come to know about God’s love,”<br />

continued Selman. “A lot of kids come in<br />

and don’t know the first Bible story and<br />

have never set foot in a church, which is<br />

unfathomable with us living in the bible<br />

belt. It really happens, and it’s great to see<br />

them learn about the Bible and God’s<br />

love. They become different people.”<br />

“One day after supper, we had a child<br />

who asked, ‘How do y’all always have<br />

food?’ I asked, ‘What do you mean?’<br />

The child said, ‘Well at my house we don’t<br />

always have food, and we’re hungry. Y’all<br />

always have food,’” April recalls. “This<br />

child was trying to figure out how we<br />

could make that happen, and it kills your heart when you hear a kid<br />

say that. Here in Brandon, Mississippi, there’s a kid who is hungry.<br />

That seems crazy to us. There shouldn’t be a kid who is hungry when<br />

we all have so much to give.”<br />

“It’s bittersweet when a child goes back to his or her family<br />

because you do get attached and learn to love them,” said April.<br />

“In some cases, you can still have contact and in some cases you can’t.<br />

You just have to pray that you’ve done a little bit of good for them<br />

while they were with you. That’s the number one thing that people<br />

say to me: ‘Oh, I could never foster because I would get attached.’<br />

You do get attached. But fostering isn’t supposed to be about the<br />

adults. It’s about the kids. If everyone decided they couldn’t do it<br />

because they would get attached, then we would just have group<br />

homes filled to the brims because kids have to have somewhere to<br />

go and somebody to take care of them.”<br />

“I think it’s good when you can step in and be a safety net for a<br />

family and give the parents time to stabilize so they can get their kids<br />

back,” said April. “That’s good because kids should be with their<br />

families. That’s the ideal solution. It’s bittersweet because you miss<br />

them and think about them, but if their parents are able to get things<br />

right and have their kids returned, then that’s where the kids should<br />

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e long-term. That is the goal of foster care—to help families fix what<br />

needs to be fixed and reunify. When a family is able to do that, it’s a<br />

good thing. And sadly, sometimes they’re not able.”<br />

“You don’t have any idea what you’re getting into if you haven’t<br />

been exposed to it,” said Scott. “It’s a lot of work, a lot of energy, a lot<br />

of sacrifice. But at the end of the day, you have to look at what you’re<br />

sacrificing for. We all take for granted the luxuries in our lives. There<br />

are so many people who don’t have those. If you educate yourself and<br />

get exposed to it, it’s hard to turn away. Once you’re aware, it takes a<br />

pretty hard heart to back away from it. I went into it thinking these<br />

must be some bad kids. I don’t know why I thought that. But once you<br />

get into it, you realize that these children have done nothing. They<br />

don’t deserve the hand they’ve been dealt in life. It breaks your heart<br />

because they didn’t ask to be born into these situations or handed<br />

disabilities, diseases, or whatever. But here they are, and a lot of times<br />

they just have no chance. I think we should all do something to help.”<br />

“At one point, we wrote down verses that jumped out at us,” said<br />

April. “We were filling up books with verses. If God puts something<br />

in the Bible over and over, clearly it’s very important to Him. Isaiah<br />

1:17 tells us to bring justice to the fatherless. Ephesians 5:1 says to be<br />

imitators of God. That’s so simple. If you’re going to imitate God and<br />

He’s commanding us over and over to care for children, then we ought<br />

to care for children.”<br />

“At some point, Christians abdicated compassion to the government.<br />

I think it is up to us as the church to pull it back,” said Scott. “The<br />

story from Biblical times is that if Romans had a child that they didn’t<br />

want, they would set that child beside the road or outside at night and<br />

it would die. It was the Christians that would pick these children up,<br />

care for them, and show value for them. I think that’s what we are<br />

called to do today. There are a lot of children that are being cast aside<br />

by society. It’s up to us to show compassion and take them in.”<br />

Danny and Dede Walker of <strong>Madison</strong> share the Selmans’ passion<br />

for caring for displaced children. They became interested in foster care<br />

by spending time with four sibling brothers who were in the care of a<br />

foster family in Brandon. They built a relationship with the brothers<br />

and became foster parents in order to bring them into their home.<br />

The Walkers have three biological children, and during the<br />

application process to become a foster family, a couple of their children<br />

expressed concern and hesitation about the transition. “My daughter<br />

was concerned about the chaos and what it would look like for her as<br />

the only girl in a family of what was going to have six boys,” said Dede.<br />

“She wondered if it would take away her parents from what she’d<br />

known her whole life and if we would be different to her, which is<br />

typical for a 12-year-old girl.”<br />

“To this day, she’s had a 180 degree change of heart,” said Dede.<br />

“She feels like our job is to take care of the boys. She’s constantly<br />

concerned about if they’re being taken care of and loved. When the<br />

boys went back to their mom after two years with us, it was a bittersweet<br />

transition for her because she had come to love them so much.”<br />

“I was pretty naive going in,” Dede admitted. “I thought I could<br />

love the children through pretty much anything that they’ve been<br />

through. I thought that if I provided this great structure and loving<br />

environment of what a family is supposed to look like, then that<br />

would fix all the things they had been exposed to and that would take<br />

the place of them not having their family. But I was wrong. I had to<br />

readjust and adapt to their immediate needs. They’re so riddled with<br />

emotions about what’s going to happen next that a sense of normalcy<br />

isn’t even in their vocabulary.”<br />

“You can do anything God equips you to do,” said Dede. “A year<br />

prior, it was not our intention to become foster parents. But it was so<br />

evident that it was what we were supposed to do once we met those<br />

boys. It is very important that both spouses are on the same page with<br />

fostering. Once God lays it on your heart, you can’t deny what He<br />

wants you to do, and He equips you. There are days when I feel like<br />

I can’t make it through another day, and that’s where He provides<br />

those needs. People come in to help you or it’s a good day when you<br />

feel like you’ve made a difference and you’re making progress with<br />

the children. It’s such an ebb and flow of emotion throughout the<br />

whole process.”<br />

“Don’t let the fear of commitment scare you off because you get so<br />

much more out of it than you could ever give. There’s such a blessing<br />

in fostering, and it changes your family,” said Dede.<br />

There are a number of ways that we can help foster families.<br />

Clothing and school supplies donations are great when a new<br />

placement arrives. Families can also become licensed to provide<br />

respite, allowing foster families to have a safe home to temporarily<br />

keep the children when the foster parents, themselves, must go away<br />

overnight. Delivering meals, mowing the grass, and visiting the<br />

children are also thoughtful ways help. The possibilities for lending a<br />

hand are endless.<br />

“Not everyone is called to full time foster care, but we are<br />

commanded to care for orphans and widows,” said Scott Selman.<br />

“There’s not more clarity than that.”<br />


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The<br />

Sundial<br />

Santa<br />

Camille Anding<br />

“God makes<br />

everyone unique;<br />

God just made me<br />

to love Christmas.”<br />


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While most of us are pulling fall arrangements<br />

from the attic, picking out pumpkins at the<br />

market, and planning hayrides, Hayden<br />

Richardson, a senior at Mississippi State, is<br />

pulling out Christmas inflatables, picking out new<br />

LED lighting, and planning the layout for the<br />

Richardson Light Show at 219 Sundial Road.<br />

Hayden wasn’t born a Santa, but the spirit of<br />

Christmas captured him at the innocent age of six<br />

while on a shopping trip. He spotted a lighted<br />

plastic nativity scene and two wire-framed deer.<br />

His parents complied with his request to buy them<br />

for their yard and so began Hayden’s Christmas<br />

story of lights and music–and we’re talking 100,000<br />

lights by this <strong>2015</strong> season.<br />

While the family lived at North Bay, Hayden<br />

would add new decorations each Christmas. In<br />

2002, he saw his first Christmas inflatable–a giant<br />

Santa at Kroger. Carol, his mom, asked him to wait<br />

until after Christmas to see if it was still there. It<br />

was, and Hayden purchased it at a 50% discount<br />

and headed home with his first inflatable. This<br />

year’s display will showcase 200 inflatables.<br />

By 2012, the word was spreading about the<br />

Richardson Christmas lights on Sundial Road and<br />

the traffic increased. He called Mayor Mary to help<br />

with the traffic problem, and she graciously responded<br />

with the needed officers and signs.<br />

The collection of lights, decorations, inflatables,<br />

and electrical supplies that fill two storage rooms,<br />

one giant garage and attic, has been costly, but<br />

Hayden makes the purchases with his income from<br />

Richardson Lawn Care. He is the owner and operator<br />

of the business during his summers.<br />


He’s become so involved in the Christmas lighting<br />

that he’s met most of the vendors who construct<br />

the decorations. Fort Worth, Texas, holds an annual<br />

Christmas Expo where Hayden buys some of his<br />

collection. He’s also been an instructor at the Expo,<br />

teaching classes on the how of inflatables and the<br />

operation of drones for videoing displays.<br />

When Hayden graduated from Hinds and enrolled<br />

at Mississippi State his junior year, Carol<br />

assumed a larger part of the assembling task. She says,<br />

“We look at it as our gift to the community.” Hayden<br />

comes home on weekends and breaks to make sure<br />

the display is ready to turn on the day after Thanksgiving.<br />

From then until near the first of January, the<br />

display is on from 5 to 9 p.m. weeknights and 5 to 11<br />

or 12 p.m. on the weekends, complete with synchronized<br />

music that you tune in to on 99.9.<br />

The sparkle in Hayden’s eyes when talking<br />

about this display convinces you that it’s not a job<br />

but a joy. Will it continue to grow? Hayden answers,<br />

“If you can count your Christmas lights, you don’t<br />

have enough!”<br />

On or near the first of January, Hayden, his dad,<br />

and mom, will take down the display and pack it away<br />

for the next Christmas. Hayden states a heartfelt<br />

motive behind the hours, labor, and money invested<br />

in the display: “It makes a lot of people’s Christmas<br />

very special.” As for his unusual captivation with<br />

Christmas, he explains, “God makes everyone<br />

unique; God just made me to love Christmas.”<br />

Visit the spectacular event this year, and Hayden<br />

will show you just how much he loves Christmas.<br />

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information and to check schedule in case of<br />

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GermanFest<br />

St. Joseph Catholic Church • Gluckstadt<br />

September 27, <strong>2015</strong><br />

Going strong for 29 years, GermanFest attracts thousands of<br />

revelers of all ages from the metro area, nearby states, and<br />

even a few from Germany.<br />

Each year, this event brings together many to<br />

enjoy German music, cuisine, brews and wine,<br />

and dancing…so much dancing!<br />

Gluckstadt was settled in 1905 by German<br />

Catholic families relocating from Klaasville,<br />

Indiana, and means “lucky town” in English.<br />

German Fest is held each year on the<br />

last Sunday of September.<br />


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Big.<br />

Smart.<br />

STRONG.<br />


Developmental<br />

& Play Center<br />

changes the way we view playtime.<br />

Susan Marquez<br />


With bright, primary-colored walls, fun<br />

toys, and playhouses to climb and slide on,<br />

Little Giants Development and Play Center<br />

in <strong>Madison</strong> looks like a child’s paradise.<br />

There’s no doubt that children who visit<br />

the center have a great time—it’s apparent<br />

by the big smiles on their faces. But at<br />

Little Giants, play has an important purpose.<br />

Playing is the most important way to<br />

encourage a child’s growth and development,<br />

and at Little Giants, the purpose is<br />

to promote learning and growth through<br />

play. “We want to bring learning, play, fun<br />

and socialization, and so much more into<br />

our little ones’ worlds,” said Little Giants<br />

founder and owner, Sharon Silverman.<br />

“We are committed to encouraging<br />

parents, little ones and entire families in<br />

every way possible through the art of play.”<br />

Silverman is a neonatal nurse practitioner<br />

and a mother of five. When her<br />

fourth child, Wade, was six months old,<br />

she noticed he wasn’t meeting standard<br />

developmental milestones. “I sat on it at<br />

first, but after a while, I took him to our<br />

pediatrician. She wasn’t too concerned,<br />

and said we just needed to watch him.<br />

But I knew in my heart something wasn’t<br />

right.” Silverman sought additional help<br />

and learned that Wade was on the<br />

autism spectrum. “Now at age three, he<br />

is extremely high functioning.” Much of<br />

that is credited to the intense research<br />

Silverman did, learning ways to help Wade<br />

through the very thing children do best—play.<br />

And that’s how Little Giants came to be.<br />

Silverman opened the doors of the<br />

center April 1, 2014. “We are a place where<br />

all children can come,” she said. “We want<br />

to keep typical children typical.” About 85%<br />

of the children who come to the center<br />

are considered “normal,” while the others<br />

are generally on the autism spectrum or<br />

are diagnosed with Down’s syndrome.<br />

The children are not separated, but instead<br />

children with all abilities play together.<br />

“Children are children. We teach kindness,”<br />

said Silverman.<br />

Little Giants is not a daycare center. In<br />

order to be a Little Giant, parents purchase<br />

memberships. A full membership includes<br />

unlimited classes. Lindsey Rasmussen is<br />

the gym manager and play director, and<br />

she conducts most of the classes. There<br />

are a variety of classes, including Smart<br />

Giants, for ages three to five. Trophy Giants<br />

incorporates kinesiology for movement.<br />

Artsy Giants is a true fine art class, where<br />

children are exposed to the master artists,<br />

making an early impression on the mind.<br />

A board certified music therapist presents<br />

the Musical Giants class.<br />

Silverman designed all the lesson plans.<br />

“We begin at the introductory skill level and<br />

work towards mastery of a skill. We’ll start<br />

children as young as two months with<br />

sensory skills. We do things like put their<br />

hands and feet in water beads and other<br />

exercises. As they get older, we’ll learn<br />

prepositions, like above, below, high, low, etc.”<br />

The membership also includes<br />

developmental milestone screenings.<br />

“I do the screening, along with Bridgette<br />

Bland, our on-staff occupational therapist,”<br />

said Silverman. “We give a report to parents<br />

who can, in turn, give it to their pediatrician.<br />

It fills that gap between the doctor and<br />

parent, because the pediatricians simply<br />

don’t have the time to spend with each<br />

patient.”<br />

One of the services Silverman provides<br />

at Little Giants is a Giants Night Out.<br />

Silverman stressed that it’s important that<br />

parents have at least one child-free night<br />

a month to reconnect. “When you have<br />

children, it can take over your life. And<br />

that’s not a bad thing, but you also have<br />

to remember the key relationship in the<br />

home. The parents need time to focus<br />

solely on each other every now and then.<br />

We do that to encourage families to stay<br />

together.” The center also hosts birthday<br />

parties.<br />

Little Giants is a one-of-a-kind center.<br />

Silverman said there are similar places in<br />

Birmingham and at Tulane in New Orleans,<br />

but she believes Little Giants to be the<br />

only developmental and play center in the<br />

state. “We’ve applied for a patent,” she said.<br />

“We are the only center of its kind in the<br />

United States. I patterned this after the<br />

Centers for Disease Control’s developmental<br />

lifestyles. As a nurse practitioner, I read<br />

constantly about pediatric development<br />

and I go by the CDC guidelines.”<br />

The idea is to help develop a child’s<br />

cognitive, social/emotional, language and<br />

physical skills. “We have added sensory<br />

integration in all of our classes to decrease<br />

ADD in children.” While it may look like<br />

nothing but fun to play in shaving cream,<br />

stack blocks or crawl through a tunnel,<br />

each activity has a purpose.<br />

__________________________________<br />

Little Giants is located in the Colony Crossing<br />

Shopping Center on Colony Crossing Way in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>. For more information, visit the Little<br />

Giants website at www.littlegiantscenter.com.<br />

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TheLegacy<br />

of<br />

Tilda Bogue<br />

Nancy Grogan was a<br />

passionate historian.<br />

And now, her family<br />

lovingly continues<br />

what she startednearly<br />

40 years later.<br />

Hidden under a canopy of native Spanish<br />

moss in north <strong>Madison</strong> County is a second<br />

generation family treasure and historic gem<br />

called Tilda Bogue. Built in the mid-1830s<br />

out of hand-hewn oak logs, this house<br />

showcases the history of Mississippi and<br />

how the common man lived in the state’s<br />

early history.<br />

Cared for by Julie and Nolen Grogan<br />

and their children Berkley and Will, the<br />

main home was discovered one mile east of<br />

the family property in the late 1970s. It was<br />

acquired and moved by Nolen’s parents to its<br />

current location in the 1980s. Nolen’s late<br />

mother, Nancy Grogan, was a passionate<br />

historian and collector of southern antiques.<br />

She convinced her husband, Bill, that the<br />

structure was worth saving, thus starting<br />

a lifetime of restoration and collecting of<br />

log structures.<br />

“My family bought this property in the<br />

1970s and we used it as a weekend get-away<br />

from our home in NE Jackson”, Nolen says.<br />

“We came up every chance we got to work<br />

the property and cut firewood and ride<br />

3-wheelers.”<br />

“When my mother convinced my dad<br />

that we should restore the log house, no one<br />


ever expected that we would end up living<br />

here full-time. And I certainly never thought<br />

that I would be married to a Texas girl raising<br />

two children here 35 years later”, says Grogan.<br />

Restoration took nearly three years and<br />

the family made it their full-time residence<br />

in the mid ‘80s. Over the next 25 years,<br />

Nancy continued to find log structures from<br />

this period and moved them to the property.<br />

In all, five log buildings are clustered in the<br />

area around the original log home named<br />

Tilda Bogue.<br />

“Tilda Bogue is the Cherokee phrase for<br />

Rocky Creek. This was the name used on<br />

the earliest tax records we could find on the<br />

property”, says Grogan.<br />

After Nancy passed away, Bill invited his<br />

son and daughter-in-law to move into the<br />

house and begin taking care of the property<br />

with him. “I promised Julie I would never<br />

move her to Mississippi when we got married<br />

and, well, that didn’t exactly hold true” laughs<br />

Nolen. “We decided to get out of the rat-race<br />

of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and move to<br />

the country and it was the best decision we<br />

ever made.” The couple packed up and moved<br />

to Mississippi in the summer of 2006.<br />

When the interior of the house was built<br />

in the 1980s, it was designed to earn a place on<br />

the National Register of Historic Houses–<br />

not to raise a family of small children. The<br />

first thing the couple did when they moved<br />

in was to personalize the space to make it<br />

their own. “Julie loves to cook and be together<br />

as a family at meals so the first order of<br />

business was to rip out some walls and put<br />

in a real kitchen. The main problem is,<br />

anything you do in an old house takes twice<br />

as long as planned and costs twice as much as<br />

budgeted”, Grogan says.<br />

“We are working our way through the<br />

house room by room, updating it. And every<br />

year we take on a room as a special project.<br />

Sometimes it is simply updating lighting<br />

and paint. Sometimes it involves tearing<br />

out a bathroom and starting over from the<br />

ground up.”<br />

The Grogan’s have taken special care to<br />

blend the new with the old, just as Nancy<br />

would have done. They have used locally<br />

sourced timber and recycled materials,<br />

where able, to keep the original look intact.<br />

“Our biggest project was integrating the<br />

pool into the landscape as to not rob the<br />

historic nature of the house and its outbuildings”<br />

said Nolen. “We tucked it into<br />

an area between three outbuildings and used<br />

the storehouse to hide pool equipment.”<br />

The results are amazing and the pool feels<br />

like it fits its surroundings. The storehouse<br />

was used as a post office during the Civil<br />

War outside of Raymond, Mississippi. The<br />

corn crib, used for grain storage, is from the<br />

Bull Homestead just across the Big Black<br />

River in Yazoo County. The guesthouse was<br />

one of the last remaining slave houses from<br />

the Ratcliff Plantation.<br />

“Julie loves to garden and she has done a<br />

magnificent job. She has a great eye for<br />

landscape design and together, we love to<br />

spend the spring and summer filling in the<br />

yard with a variety of shade plants.”<br />

This past year, with the help of his friend<br />

Terry Powell, the Grogans added stone patios<br />

and a fire pit that blended with the original<br />

stone and brick patio that Nancy had built.<br />

“We stay outside as much as the weather<br />

allows. The fire pit and the expanded patios<br />

around the pool were a great addition. I could<br />

not be more excited for fall than I am now.”<br />

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kKim Condon is a woman<br />

who wears many hats. But her<br />

latest venture, Boondocks, is a<br />

new business created with her<br />

husband, Dr. Mark Condon, owner<br />

of Urology Associates in Flowood.<br />

Boondocks is a firearms training<br />

facility for civilians wanting to<br />

learn to effectively use a firearm.<br />

It is a school with a controlled<br />

environment and is only available<br />

for those registered for the<br />

training classes. There are three<br />

different class levels: beginner,<br />

intermediate and advanced, with<br />

some of the advanced classes even<br />

including home invasion simulation.<br />

The purpose of Boondocks is to teach civilians how to defend themselves<br />

with a firearm. “It is your God given right to own a firearm. We are supporters of<br />

the 2nd Amendment,” said Kim. “We want people who own guns to be trained,<br />

prepared and know how to use them effectively.”<br />

The idea for Boondocks actually originated after a very tragic event. When<br />

the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting happened in 2012, it really struck<br />

a chord with Kim. She said she’s keenly aware that the world is getting crazier<br />

and she isn’t getting any younger and just wants to be prepared and ready to<br />

defend herself should the need ever arise. “I feel it’s important to do whatever<br />

you need to do to make yourself feel safe. We all wear a seatbelt, not wishing<br />

to be in a wreck, but to be as safe as possible just in case. We all have a fire<br />

extinguisher–not that we hope we have a fire, but just in case. Personally,<br />

I choose a firearm as my means of self-defense because I know for sure if I am<br />

ever in harm’s way, the best equalizer will be a firearm. Some people may choose<br />

martial arts. Some people choose to carry a knife or Mace. Whatever your choice<br />

may be, training is the key. The skills you lack may be the very ones you need to<br />

save your life.”<br />

After much thought about the theater shooting, Kim decided she wanted to<br />

properly, and safely, learn how to use a gun. She told her husband, who has been<br />

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around guns his whole life, and off they<br />

went to the Gun Site Academy in Arizona<br />

for training. After her very first training,<br />

she had a completely different outlook on<br />

guns and wasn’t afraid of them anymore.<br />

She has been back three times for<br />

additional defensive classes.<br />

Back in Mississippi, she took a class in Edwards to get her enhanced-carry permit.<br />

It was at that time that Kim realized there wasn’t an official training center anywhere<br />

in Mississippi like the Gun Site Academy in Arizona that she had visited. So, one<br />

night over dinner, she and her husband explored the idea of opening up their own<br />

gun training facility. She suggested using the land in Raymond that they have owned<br />

for over six years. The very next day, the Condons had an architect draw up plans.<br />

Boondocks provides classes for ages 21 and up. All students must wear eye and<br />

ear protection and additional mandatory gear is specific to the class taken. Kim and<br />

Mark Condon are the owners of Boondocks and Cliff Cargill is the range-master<br />

and training coordinator. Michael Frazier is the facility manager and there are<br />

currently forty instructors on the roster from Hinds, <strong>Madison</strong> and Rankin counties.<br />

It should be noted that Boondocks is also very female friendly. Kim is a leader in<br />

The Well-Armed Woman Clinton/Raymond Chapter which educates, equips and<br />

empowers the female gun owner. “It is empowering to have the ability to defend<br />

yourself,” she said. “A tragic event in Colorado transformed my thought process of<br />

gun use being recreational into something that is educational and beneficial to our<br />

community and state” said Condon.<br />

Miranda Blanton, Pearl resident, is an instructor at Boondocks. “Boondocks is<br />

fabulous! In my opinion, there’s nothing like it in this region. We offer a great<br />

selection of classes for men and women. I enjoy teaching the Well-Armed Woman<br />

class and Enhanced Permit classes.”<br />

Boondocks Training Academy is all about attitude, ability and awareness. If you<br />

are looking to learn something new and find out how to properly and safely use a<br />

firearm, then look no further than Boondocks Training Academy in Raymond. They<br />

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CANTON<br />

-The City<br />

of Lights<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

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While it may or may not be seen from space,<br />

Canton, Mississippi is known as The City of Lights,<br />

and for good reason.<br />

<br />

Simply take a drive any evening from I-55<br />

off the Canton exit towards the historic town<br />

square and the thoroughfare is lined with<br />

period cast-iron lights. As you approach the<br />

Square, each of the buildings, on all four sides,<br />

are lined with bright white bulbs.<br />

Jo Ann Gordon, the City’s director of<br />

tourism, had the idea to line the buildings with<br />

lights in the 1980’s as a way to highlight the<br />

City’s historic architecture during the holidays.<br />

The response was so positive, the lights stayed<br />

up year ‘round. In the early 1990s, Gordon<br />

placed a $9.99 blow-up Santa on the<br />

courthouse square and that was the beginning<br />

of the annual Victorian Christmas Festival.<br />

Around the same time they started adding lights<br />

around the light poles on the Square, and<br />

each year more displays were added.<br />

Now Canton has become a major tourist<br />

destination during the holiday season, with over<br />

50,000 people coming during the holidays<br />

each year to see the beautiful lights—not just<br />

lining the buildings, but suspended over the<br />

street, and throughout the courthouse square.<br />

Visitors from all 50 states and from many<br />

foreign countries have come to take part in<br />

Canton’s famous holiday festivities on the<br />

square. “It’s growing all the time,” said Jana<br />

Padgett, the assistant director of the Canton<br />

Convention and Visitors Bureau. The displays<br />

have become much larger and more elaborate<br />

with each new year. “This year, we’ve added a<br />

42’ candelabra with giant lighted candles and<br />

poinsettias on the courthouse square,” said<br />

Padgett. “Our last big addition was two years<br />

ago with another major display.”<br />

Padgett said that a new addition to the<br />

display is added every two years. “As a matter<br />

of fact, we actually change out all of the light<br />

bulbs on all the displays every two years, so<br />

that everything has a fresh new look when we<br />

add something new.” That’s 200,000<br />

glistening lights.<br />

In addition to the amazing spectacle of<br />

lights, Canton also puts on quite an event for<br />

folks of all ages. From <strong>November</strong> 27th through<br />

<strong>December</strong> 23rd, the festivities in Canton all<br />

take place around the historic courthouse<br />

square, which is honored as a landmark on<br />

the National Register.<br />

A major project has been underway to<br />

renovate the square and, to date, more than<br />

$20 million has been reinvested into the<br />

preservation and continuation of the unique<br />

hub of activity. “The renovated courthouse<br />

will have much more visibility this year,” said<br />

Padgett. “We are excited that it will be done<br />

in time for the Victorian Festival.”<br />

Visitors to Canton also enjoy the famous<br />

Canton animation museums. The museums<br />

began with just 22 antique window decorations<br />

and a vision to create a holiday fantasy which<br />

would highlight the area’s rich history, diverse<br />

present, and promising future. Today the<br />

museums include 135 life-size animated figures<br />

that transport visitors to a world of fact and<br />

fairy tales. From historical representations of<br />

life in Canton throughout the 20th century to<br />

whimsical scenes depicting favorite children’s<br />

stories, the museums’ displays are lovingly<br />

handcrafted and a joy for all ages. “When it<br />

began, all the displays were put together by<br />

volunteers,” said Padgett. “As the festival has<br />

grown, we are actually able to employ Canton<br />

citizens, which is something we are very<br />

proud of.”<br />

There are carnival rides for kids, as well<br />

as the popular historic trolley rides and horse<br />

& buggy rides around the Square. There will<br />

be holiday open houses with merchants on<br />

the Square, and the Sip ‘n Cider event is<br />

always much anticipated. Scheduled for<br />

<strong>December</strong> 11th from 4pm to 8pm,<br />

participating merchants will each offer up their<br />

own version of Christmas hot cider.<br />

Down the road a bit, a detailed model<br />

train exhibit can be seen at the Canton Train<br />

Museum in the old depot. The historical<br />

exhibits includes a talking “O Scale” model<br />

of the Illinois Central passenger trains that<br />

serviced the main line of Mid-America,<br />

Chicago to New Orleans from the 1900s<br />

to the 1970s.<br />

One of the highlights of the Victorian<br />

Christmas Festival is the night time Christmas<br />

parade, held often throughout the season.<br />

“This year we’ve added more characters to<br />

our light and character parade,” said Padgett.<br />

“We’ll also have a professional dance company<br />

doing choreographed dances in the parade.<br />

We are fortunate that a former choreographer<br />

for the Disney parades has moved to the area<br />

and she’s been helping us.”<br />

This year Santa will be on hand each<br />

night of the festival in a special spot next to<br />

the animation museum. “He’ll be in ‘Santa’s<br />

Workshop,’ where children can see the elves<br />

working on Santa’s sleigh, getting it ready for<br />

his trip around the world on Christmas Eve,”<br />

winked Padgett.<br />

Decorating the Square so elaborately and<br />

setting up the animation museums takes a<br />

great deal of time. “We generally begin the day<br />

after the fall Flea Market (which is the second<br />

Thursday of October), but this year we started<br />

in July,” Padgett explained. “It never gets old<br />

for me. There’s something very special about<br />

watching this little town transform into a<br />

magical wonderland each year.”<br />

For more information on the Victorian<br />

Christmas Festival, visit the Canton<br />

Convention and Visitors Bureau website<br />

at www.cantontourism.com.<br />

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Cooking with the Junior Auxiliary<br />

of <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Cooking with the Junior Auxiliary<br />

of <strong>Madison</strong> County, Mississippi is a<br />

new cookbook containing a collection<br />

of recipes by <strong>Madison</strong> County’s Junior<br />

Auxiliary.<br />

This Auxiliary was established in 1986 by Norma Carroll Ezell.<br />

Norma’s daughter, Rebecca Norma Carroll Harrison (owner of<br />

Soiree Gifts and Floral in <strong>Madison</strong>) helped us stage our photo<br />

shoot which highlights several of the recipes in the cookbook.<br />

All the dishes were lovingly prepared by Auxiliary members. For<br />

more information on these recipes or to purchase your copy of<br />

Cooking with the Junior Auxiliary of <strong>Madison</strong> County, Mississippi,<br />

check out their website at www.jamadison.org.<br />

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Pepper Jack<br />

Cheese Roll<br />

Bethany Gough<br />

Rolled out pie crust<br />

Apricot peach preserves<br />

Half a block of pepper jack cheese<br />

(sliced down the middle to make<br />

it thinner)<br />

Wrap the cheese up well with the<br />

pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees until it<br />

browns. Top with preserves and serve<br />

with crackers.<br />


White Chocolate<br />

Party Mix<br />

Ava Aycock<br />

10 oz. salted pretzels<br />

5 cups Cheerios<br />

5 cups Corn Chex<br />

2 cups peanuts<br />

24 oz. M&M’s Milk Chocolate candies<br />

24 oz. white chocolate chips<br />

3 T. vegetable oil<br />

In a large bowl, combine pretzels, Cheerios,<br />

Chex, peanuts, and M&M’s. Set aside.<br />

In a microwave safe bowl, heat white<br />

chocolate chips and oil on high for 60<br />

seconds. Stir and microwave for another<br />

30 seconds. Stir until completely melted<br />

and smooth. Pour melted chocolate over<br />

cereal mix and stir until all cereal is evenly<br />

coated with white chocolate. Spread<br />

cereal mix on 2 large baking sheets lined<br />

with wax paper. Let cool and break apart<br />

into chunks. Store in air-tight container.<br />

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Pumpkin Crunch<br />

Sherrye LaCour<br />

Cake<br />

15 oz. can pumpkin<br />

12 oz. can evaporated milk<br />

1 tsp. cinnamon<br />

1 cup sugar<br />

3 eggs, beaten<br />

1 box yellow cake mix<br />

2 sticks butter, cut into pieces<br />

1 cup chopped pecans<br />

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together<br />

pumpkin, evaporated milk, cinnamon,<br />

and sugar until well combined. Add eggs<br />

and mix well. Pour mixture into greased<br />

9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle cake mix evenly<br />

over entire top. Sprinkle nuts evenly over<br />

cake mix. Top with butter pieces. Bake at<br />

350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Set aside<br />

to cool.<br />

Frosting<br />

8 oz. cream cheese softened<br />

1 cup whipped topping<br />

½ cup powdered sugar<br />

½ tsp. cinnamon<br />

In a large bowl, whip cream cheese with<br />

a hand mixer until light. Add in whipped<br />

topping and continue to whip until fully<br />

combined and thickened. Add powdered<br />

sugar and cinnamon and whip until<br />

smooth. Scoop out a serving of the<br />

cake and top with a dollop of the cream<br />

cheese frosting or frost the entire<br />

pumpkin crunch and cut into squares.<br />


Sharp Cheddar<br />

& Chive Puffs<br />

Lindsey Montgomery<br />

1 cup water<br />

½ cup butter<br />

1 cup flour<br />

½ tsp. kosher salt<br />

4 eggs<br />

1 ½ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese,<br />

divided<br />

2 T. fresh chives, chopped<br />

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a pot,<br />

bring water to a boil. Add butter to boiling<br />

water and melt; quickly fold in flour and<br />

salt. Stir until a ball forms that does not<br />

separate.<br />

Remove from heat and cool slightly.<br />

Add eggs one at a time, beating after<br />

each until smooth. Add 1 cup of cheese<br />

and the chives. Blend well. Place heaping<br />

tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart on<br />

a greased jelly roll pan.<br />

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden<br />

brown and puffy. Remove puffs from<br />

oven and sprinkle with remaining cheese.<br />

Turn oven to broil; broil puffs for 1-2<br />

minutes or until cheese is melted and<br />

bubbly.<br />

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Crock Pot<br />

Red Beans & Rice<br />

Anna Garlets<br />

1 package of dried red beans<br />

1-2 jalapeno peppers – seeded<br />

and diced<br />

1 small white onion<br />

1 small bell pepper<br />

4 T. Cajun seasoning<br />

A dash of salt and pepper<br />

2 tsp. minced garlic<br />

Water (the amount on the bag<br />

of dried beans)<br />

1 package of andouille sausage<br />

(sliced)<br />

Rinse and drain your red beans (do not<br />

soak). Place all ingredients in crock pot.<br />

Pour into crock pot the amount of<br />

water suggested on the bag of red<br />

beans. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.<br />

Serve over rice.<br />


Squash Casserole<br />

Hannah Shelby<br />

6 yellow squash<br />

½ cup butter<br />

½ cup grated cheddar cheese<br />

1 tsp. salt<br />

¼ tsp. pepper<br />

½ small onion<br />

3 eggs, beaten<br />

½ Ritz cracker crumbs<br />

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook squash<br />

until tender; drain and mash. Melt butter<br />

and cheese; add to squash. Add salt,<br />

pepper, onion, eggs, and cracker crumbs.<br />

Pour into casserole dish. Top with a few<br />

Ritz cracker crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes.<br />

Serves 8.<br />

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Never Abbreviated Camille<br />

Anding<br />

“Her name is Dot,” Mr. Durham said to the Greenville<br />

doctor that delivered his infant daughter.<br />

“And that’s short for Dorothy?” the physician assumed<br />

audibly.<br />

“No, her entire name is Dot Durham. Not Dorothy and no<br />

middle name. She’s Dot Durham.”<br />

Dot may have been given an “abbreviated” name, but her life<br />

was to be full and overflowing with blessings as Dot reflects<br />

over her 84 years.<br />

She still has fond memories of her rural Greenville home,<br />

growing through childhood with her younger brother. When<br />

she was eleven, her dad, who had suffered with cancer for three<br />

years, died. Dot’s mother was overwhelmed with her loss and<br />

left their rural home with their two children and never entered<br />

it again. She asked family members to move their belongings<br />

to a duplex in Greenville, which Dot would call her second<br />

home until she married.<br />

The young, widowed Mrs. Durham got a job as an alterations<br />

seamstress even though she had never sewn. With the help of<br />

her employer, she soon learned the art of sewing and opened<br />

her own alterations business a few years later.<br />

Dot graduated from Greenville High School and attended<br />

the “W” for two years. Then it dawned on her that an all-girls<br />

college was probably not the best place to find a husband, so<br />

she transferred to Mississippi College her junior year.<br />

While Dot was unpacking in her dorm room on her first<br />

day at the college, her roommate suggested they go outside and<br />

meet some new friends. The two sat on a park bench a short<br />

distance from the boys’ dorm. Suddenly Dot was jolted with a<br />

shrill, piercing whistle next to her. Her roommate had just<br />

spotted a friend and was signaling for him to come and meet<br />

Dot. His name was Charles Byrd. He asked Dot for a date the<br />

next night and asked her to be his bride two years later. The<br />

college transfer was a huge success.<br />

The following years were counted in blessings – a son and<br />

daughter, 21 years of elementary school teaching, a kindergarten<br />

director and 21 years as secretary in the church administration<br />

department for the Baptist Convention in Jackson.<br />

There were also valley experiences. A grandchild, Amanda,<br />

was born totally deaf with cerebral palsy. The doctors gave her<br />

parents no hope of a meaningful life for the child. Six months<br />

later, Charles’ doctor told him that he had stage four Lymphoma<br />

with no more than six months to live. The doctor’s advice:<br />

“You need to get everything in order.”<br />

Charles turned to his doctor and replied, “I have a sixmonth-old<br />

granddaughter who needs me. I can’t die now.”<br />

He later confided in Dot that he would fight to live until<br />

Amanda showed improvement.<br />

Ten years later, Charles came inside from a full day in his<br />

greenhouse and told Dot, “Amanda is going to be fine, and I’m<br />

really tired.” He died three weeks later.<br />

Today, Dot is a productive resident at Sunnybrook Estates.<br />

She takes great comfort in the care and protection she enjoys<br />

in her apartment there. “The fine dining with friends is always<br />

a treat.” She still recalls visiting several retirement homes<br />

before driving through the large gated area of Sunnybrook.<br />

“You feel like you’re in the country.”<br />

At her church, Broadmoor Baptist, she’s an assistant Sunday<br />

school teacher and president of the widow ministry, New<br />

Journey. Every Friday morning she’s volunteering at the Baptist<br />

Cancer Center in Jackson, fulfilling a wish that Charles made<br />

while he was undergoing treatment at M.D. Anderson. “He<br />

wanted us to be able to encourage others like those volunteers<br />

encouraged us.”<br />

She says, “I smile a lot and make lots and lots of coffee,” when<br />

describing her job. Charles would be very pleased and proud<br />

– just like her family, friends and gifted granddaughter, Amanda.<br />

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MRA<br />

Kindergarten<br />

Ms. Page’s K4 class at <strong>Madison</strong>-Ridgeland Academy had a great<br />

first day of school and got to share with their classmates what<br />

they want to be when they grow up!<br />

MRA 1st Grade<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Ridgeland Academy’s first grade service project this year<br />

is for the Webster Animal Shelter in <strong>Madison</strong>, Miss. The students<br />

donated items for the shelter and the shelter brought some friends<br />

to visit when they picked up their donations.<br />

Top, L to R:<br />

Sims Strong<br />

Alden Metcalf<br />

Bottom, L to R:<br />

Levi McPhail<br />

Lily Grace Ladner<br />

Top, L to R:<br />

River McInteer<br />

Sam Chew<br />

Bottom, L to R:<br />

Blair Britt<br />

Molly Marie Biggers<br />

L to R: Riley McInteer, Brock Kennon, Addie Trundt, Ellie James Kirk<br />

MRA 2nd Grade<br />

The children in Mrs. Mann’s second grade class at MRA recently did<br />

a “Who Am I” project. For this project they wrote a brief description<br />

of themselves and then drew a picture of their face. They also<br />

included a photo of themselves on their first day of second grade.<br />

Top, L to R:<br />

Grayson Guy<br />

Katelyn Ensminger<br />

Bottom:<br />

Gracyn Gardner<br />

L to R: Jack Dalton, Claire Thompson, Reagan Graham, Leighton Jones<br />

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MRA Baseball<br />

For their efforts as baseball players for <strong>Madison</strong> Ridgeland<br />

Academy during their <strong>2015</strong> junior season, Tanner Propst and<br />

Hayden White were selected to the MAIS AAA-Division 1 All<br />

State Team. This award was selected by league coaches. Propst was<br />

selected as a pitcher while White was selected as an infielder.<br />

St. Joe<br />

St. Joe students are loving the new engineering class being taught<br />

this year. Students built a Rube Goldberg machine for their first<br />

project. Here Reese Newman, teacher Christopher Callahan,<br />

Will Foggo and Cole Green test one of the machines.<br />

L-Tanner Propst<br />

R-Hayden White<br />

MRA 5th Grade<br />

The Middle School cheerleaders performed at Meet the Bruins,<br />

where all the sports teams were introduced to the fans.<br />

MAJ (R) Patrick Wooten discussed his deployment and role<br />

with the 66th Troop Command during Hurricane Katrina with<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Ridgeland Academy fifth graders. The fifth grade science<br />

class and STEM Lab have been learning and doing activities<br />

about weather.<br />

Front, L to R: Augusta Hirn, Elizabeth Mangialardi, Chyna Mannery,<br />

Lily Burgess, Clare Cole, Kendyll Gouras<br />

Back, L to R: Tramia Rogers, Clay Blanchard, Amelia Ladner,<br />

Aly Praytor, Grace Goodloe<br />

L to R: Evelyn Wooten, Patrick Wooten, Caroline Koski, Madeline Duncan<br />

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Camille Anding<br />

The Time Coin<br />

It wasn’t often that my big brother, Jack,<br />

asked his eleven-year-old sister to go<br />

fishing with him, so there was no<br />

hesitation in my reply. The early spring<br />

weather was melting the winter chill –<br />

so the fish had to be biting!<br />

I was surprised that Mother allowed me<br />

such a venture. The bottom was a mile<br />

walk from our house and covered in dense<br />

woods. I followed as closely behind Jack<br />

as my cane pole would allow, hoping the<br />

tall brush would soon give way to the river.<br />

Suddenly the sound of barking dogs<br />

caused Jack to stop. My brother was already<br />

an adept woodsman, and I had learned to<br />

keep quiet and still whenever he stopped.<br />

The barking clamor was getting closer. “They’re chasing a deer!” Jack<br />

said in an excited whisper. “Don’t move, we may get to see it.”<br />

My adventure was suddenly exceeding my expectations. Would<br />

the deer run upon us? Would the chasers be stray dogs or a pack of<br />

wild ones? My heart was racing as I strained to see through the thick<br />

wilderness.<br />

“Look!” Jack said pointing to a clump of thick undergrowth. It<br />

couldn’t be what I thought, but it was! A tiny deer lay curled up in its<br />

only defense mode. As Jack rushed closer, the infant deer jumped up<br />

to run but Jack was quicker.<br />

“He can’t be but a couple days old,” Jack said as he nestled the<br />

small animal in his arms.<br />

“What are we going to do with it?” I asked. For me, without the counsel<br />

of my parents, it was a monumental question. It wasn’t for Jack.<br />

“We’re taking him home. Those dogs would find him and . . .” He<br />

didn’t finish the sentence. A baby deer had just been placed in a new<br />

home.<br />

Much transpired in the next few days. Our parents agreed to let us<br />

keep him since we, with the dogs’ help, had made him an orphan.<br />

Daddy found a baby bottle and showed us how<br />

to warm the milk and remind us that the fawn<br />

was our responsibility.<br />

Ownership changed too. The deer cried for<br />

its mother for the first night, so my brother<br />

“let” me move his blanket-lined box to my<br />

room. From that night on, Bambi, (my original<br />

name choice) was the family’s joy, but he<br />

belonged to me.<br />

As Bambi grew, he pulled at the leash to<br />

run, but I pulled back to keep him close. One<br />

challenging day, Daddy said I should remove<br />

the leash and let him run like a real deer. The<br />

thought horrified me. What if he ran away or<br />

raced back toward the bottom? Daddy finally<br />

convinced me to free Bambi.<br />

We watched in amazement as Bambi streaked away in magnificent,<br />

graceful strides. He circled our giant lawn several times, demonstrating<br />

his amazing talent to his family and then disappeared into the woods.<br />

I bit my jaw to hold back the tears. Then within seconds Bambi broke<br />

through the woods and back to my side. Bambi still belonged to me!<br />

The next winter, all of Bambi’s spots were gone and tiny horns<br />

were sprouting. Daddy said that enclosing Bambi inside the ten foot<br />

garden fence would protect him during deer season. He mustn’t be<br />

let out of the fence.<br />

One morning during deer season I made my early trek to check<br />

on Bambi. He wasn’t there. I called and waited but no Bambi. I left<br />

for school with a heavy heart. My beloved pet still wasn’t back when<br />

I rushed home from school.<br />

Days later, Daddy heard a hunter brag on shooting a deer in an<br />

open field adjacent to a garden. I refused to believe it was Bambi.<br />

I look back on that memorable summer and am convinced that I<br />

had the most loving and perfect pet a child could ever have. I’ll never<br />

forget the bond we had – a bond of love that taught me how to let go<br />

but never stop loving. n<br />



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