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Happy Hands

This blog is for Sarah’s granddaughter, Jenny Adams, freelance writer and globe trotter extraordinaire. She posted the most wonderful piece on her own blogsite,     http://saltwatercureseverything.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/photo-post-one-hand-or-another/ , describing Sara’s hands in her later years. I have tried in vain to … Continue reading

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Baking Bunnies

Just a quick post for Easter and April Fool’s Day, abbreviated because my computer modem has died and I am typing this on my IPad. This is a device that Sara would have loved or hated, I don’t know which, … Continue reading

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April Showers

  After a round of intense spring storms, another Delta spring is ready to explode into green trees and brown fields and what David Cohn described as “God shakes Creation.” The most vibrant and refreshing week of the year, the … Continue reading

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The Elusive Harmon Chavis

For those of you who have contacted me about Harmon Chavis, Sara’s great-grandfather, here he is, in all his tintype glory. Native of Louisiana, Confederate soldier, somehow wound up in Holmes County MS and married Sara’s great-grandmother, Margaret Ann Sproles … Continue reading

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I Remember Fountain’s

  Ed. note: This is from one typed page found in Sara’s papers, with a note at the top that says, “A story I wrote for the The Commercial Appeal but never did send.” “I remember Fountain’s Big Busy Store, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to a true April Fool

No new post yet, but it seemed an oversight not to wish Sara a Happy 91st April Fool’s Birthday today. So here’s to a great lady who never lost her sense of humor! More to follow, hopefully very soon.

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Requiem

Yesterday’s “Civil Rights Memoir #94” was the end of the line for Sara’s writings. She typed up her memories of her life and those trying times of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s in the early 1990s and never updated them. … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #94: End Results

“Otis Allen, Leflore County superintendent of education, said, ‘It will be much harder for parents to make the decision to send their children back to the public schools than it was to make the decision to leave it. Once they … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #93: Full Retreat

“The teachers were terribly disturbed especially when they learned that names would be drawn to determine who would be assigned to the black schools to make up the required black-white ratio. A number of them resigned and gave up their … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #92: GHS, Alma Mater

“The first time I put Mary Carol out at the high school after the 1970 court orders were implemented and saw the mixed crowd on the sidewalks, I cried all the way home, knowing that never again would our schools … Continue reading

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