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Archive for December, 2009

As the family holiday festivities revved up, we were struck with devastatingly heartbreaking news.  Lonnie Lee Young, one of the Natchez Eight Baby Boomer Siblings, died suddenly during Christmas 2009.  Lonnie was the famed South Natchez-Adams High School track star whose sprinting abilities earned him a scholarship to Jackson State University.  Lonnie was a gifted mathematician and a jack of all trades.  Lonnie was the brother who made earnest efforts to protect his sisters from undesirable suitors.  Lonnie was a consummate dreamer; the man who was a compassionate friend to strangers and could never say no.  The poem “Lonnie Lee Young; Sho’‘Nuf, We’ll Miss You” honors the life and legacy of Lonnie Lee Young.  We’ll miss Lonnie’s witty stories that erased feelings so blue.  Definitely, we’ll miss Lonnie’s unique talents, so honest and true.  Sho’ ‘nuf, we’ll miss you, Lonnie; yes, we’ll miss, you. 

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This Christmas, I wrote a children’s story, The Christmas Wonderland at the Natchez IP, to honor the Natchez International Paper Company Christmas displays.   For many years, the Natchez IP Christmas displays always made the Christmas season delightfully magical.  Years ago, the International Paper Company was closed and the displays were removed.  To this day, whenever I see Christmas decorations I fondly recall the Natchez IP displays and the long lines of cars waiting to experience those entertaining holiday scenes.         

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The December 4, 2009 historic snowfall in Houston inspired and reminded me that life is full of delightful surprises.  As I drove in the refreshing snowfall, I concluded that opportunities to enjoy simple pleasures are oftentimes rare.  As a result, I have decided to offer poetry and art lovers a unique opportunity to experience one of life’s artistic pleasures; visual poetry.   Therefore, beginning January 2010, United States cities will be offered a chance to host Reality, Per Se; An Exhibition of Visual Poetry.

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