The Burning Scar

 A few years ago, I had a malignant melanoma and am extremely fortunate it was cut out and removed. That happened on April 19, 2001, and my doctor, Dr. Kenny Barraza, did a wonderful job with the wound. It has healed magnificently. Yes, I have a scar on my back — it’s a pretty sizable one, too, but it isn’t that noticeable. Nor are the scars from the nearly 75 moles I’ve had removed as well.

Mike Sands: A Profile in Courage

I don’t just let anyone into my living room. That goes for strangers and for people on TV. If I sit down and watch a newscast, I (like a lot of people) develop a relationship with the people I watch. It’s a first name basis thing. “Oh, there’s Howard, Megan, Maggie, Byron, Melanie, Faith, David — ” well, you get it.

Greenville Honors Its Own

Friday night, I donned a tux and emceed the Greenville Honors Its Own (GHIO Banquet) at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. I ran into several friends I’ve known through the years and had a chance to meet many new ones. I heard great Delta stories and heard concerns about flooding and the Mississippi River. One person I was excited to meet was Julia Reed. I’ve loved her writing for years, so it was a nice surprise to see her in the audience.

Dateline: Clarksdale, Mississippi

I saw two really incredible sights yesterday:

The giant Super Moon (plus one day) rising over the recently plowed barren fields of the Mississippi Delta. A group of educators, counselors, activists and administrators sharing views on how to make education in the Delta better. Last night, Mississippi Today hosted a Public Newsroom at King’s Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale. It was an event based on the excellent three-part series Teacher Shortage series by Mississippi Today’s talented Delta reporters Aallyah Wright and Kelsey Davis. (Click on this link if you missed it).

My office today: Jackson

I hit the road today for a short trip down I-55 to the Jackson Optimist club’s weekly meeting. Even though I was a last-minute fill-in, I was received warmly by the club. (And I got a hamburger steak and some vegetables. Never underestimate the power of hamburger steak and vegetables.) My mission. To brag on the great work being done by my coworkers at Mississippi Today — and to let them know they needed to be checking us out.

A rare bird: P-63F Kingcobra

This is a World War 2 fighter plane known as a P-63F Kingcobra. It’s one of two F models built; the other prototype crashed.  It’s also one of three Kingcobras still flying in U.S., so it’s a very, very rare aircraft. (it’s insured for a lot of money).  It is armed with a 37mm cannon in the nose and two 50-caliber machine guns.