Toward the end of the 19th century, the historian, Frederick Jackson Turner, published his famous “Frontier Thesis” which stated that America, and our unique form of democracy, was shaped by the moving frontier line and the impact it had on pioneers as they moved ever westward.
Back in the days of “iron men and wooden ships,” Yankee sea captains often sailed with bob-tailed Manx cats onboard – not as stowaways, but as full-fledged members of the crew who earned their passage by keeping the ship’s ever-threatening rat population under control.
In 12th century France, the theologian Alain deLille said, “A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome,” which later morphed into the well-known idiom “All roads lead to Rome.”
In a similar vein, inhabitants of the early 18th century Mississippi Territory might well have heard “All roads lead to Rodney.”
Gertrude Stein, the expatriate American writer and critic who ran the Paris “salon” frequented by such figures as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and Pablo Picasso, famously referred to herself as a mere “newspaper mechanic” when one of her early articles was published in the “Le Figaro” newspaper.
There was a time when I was going to get a blue star tattooed on my ear lobe.
I was 17, and my running mate and I had gone ashore in Valetta, Malta, to get tattooed.
We caught the first liberty launch over that morning to visit the most famous tattoo artist in the Mediterranean, the “fat man behind the Green Door.”
Next Saturday is Homecoming at William Carey University. As I have for several years, I will supply four convertibles for the campus parade. Since I own a total of 14 convertibles, I could actually provide the entire parade around the campus.
I’m not bragging; I’m really ashamed, and I know that I need an intervention.
I have one up on Phil Difatta, our outdoor/nature writer. He might write about bears, but I’ve actually caught one. Of course, when dressed out, (empty), mine weighed nearly 99 tons, was doing around 400 mph, and was about 500 feet in the air.