Turkey Sabbatical

“Daughter of the Delta” is cooking (?!) for English friends and relatives this week, so there may be a short interruption in the blogs. And I need some feedback from those of you who have faithfully followed this trip through Sara Criss’ memoirs. I have only a few days’ worth left, as she wrote these in 1990 and never updated them. I do have about fifty pages of Civil Rights Era memoirs which I might post, but they are, for obvious reasons, less uplifting and not altogether complementary of that time or our town. They may have to be heavily redacted, as many people who are mentioned are still alive, or their children still live here. Tell me what you would like for me to do: Leave well enough alone, ending this with Sara’s last memoir entry, or continue into the Civil Rights material. I would very much appreciate your thoughts on this. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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11 Responses to Turkey Sabbatical

  1. Linda Post Carter says:

    I have enjoyed your blog so much and look forward to it every morning. I will miss Sara’s story! Thank you for enriching our lives! and I would personally like to read of the Civil Rights era in our little town! I remember so much, but some clarification would terrific! We were so young and it was hard for me to understand. There were so many people of color that I loved so dearly!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
    Linda Post Carter

    • sec040121 says:

      Linda, thank you so much for being a part of this. I hate to see it wind down, but there are only so many words to work with. It’s been fun to revisit 20th century Greenwood and the Evans clan, and there must be some way to continue the project. I very much appreciate your support and interest and hope to see you very soon. Take care and have a wonderful holiday season.

  2. Jenny Adams says:

    I was just thinking the other day about how this was drawing to a close and I was really heartbroken. Please keep going. Figure out a way to do it. In fact, if you just want to blog about your life growing up and my mother’s and post pictures – i would be an avid reader.
    Maybe you should have tricia start telling you stories and supplying pictures and do it that way. don’t quit whatever you do

    • sec040121 says:

      Thanks, Jenny. I’ve just finished typing in the last of the memoir (there’s about 3 or 4 posts left) and I am very, very sad. I need to just go for a walk or something, which I believe is what I was doing when this started last April. I sure do miss your grandmother and I would even welcome the chance to spend Thanksgiving afternoon carrying all that stuff down from the Christmas attic.

  3. Nancy Webb Phillips says:

    I look forward each day to what I will find in your blog. I say post the Civil RIghts info. I would love to read that. I have so enjoyed reading all of the posts. It has been a history lesson for me concerning the early days of Greenwood. I have a love for history, and especially when it involves something connected to me. I LOVED seeing the picture of us bunny hopping. I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

  4. Jenny Adams says:

    I miss her too. Especially this time of year. I would give anything to eat coffeecake in the kitchen and the argue with jeff over who was going to crawl into the attic and hand pieces of fake tree out backwards and who was going to gopher up and down the stairs forty times.
    We need to start a new christmas party i think. Gather everyone together sometime around the 20th and have something for my kids to blog about in 40 years. I can easily supply the booze and i hear tell my mother is a pretty decent cook and might have a silver service or two

    • sec040121 says:

      I feel bad now about how we all groused and grumbled Thanksgiving afternoon during the “great takedown.” Yesterday was pretty lonely, even with a house full of family. Isn’t it amazing how some people make such an impact on your life in what you think is a negative way but you just can’t stand it when their eccentricities are gone?

  5. Melanie Liles says:

    Please include the Civil Rights information. It is so essential to the story and so historical. Include how Greenwood has changed. We all learn from history. I have some great stories about coming to Greenwood from Ohio during those years. Ohio was just as segregated as Mississippi. Melanie

    • sec040121 says:

      Thanks, Melanie. I’m leaning toward including it, but I need to read through the whole manuscript again first. The last post of Sara’s memoir is tomorrow and I feel rather bereft, like she’s been back for awhile and is now leaving again. I do have the audiotape that Jim made the summer before she died, and when I get up the courage to transcribe it, we’ll have that as well. I’ve never listened to it.

  6. jemiller25 says:

    I agree with Jenny. Let’s start a new Christmas party tradition. If nobody in Greenwood is up to it, I will gladly volunteer (and I’m saying this without Allison’s permission) our house in Madison for the occasion…

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