OK – hands up, everyone who had fun learning to spell MISSISSIPPI – with the emphasis on the 4 S’s and 2 P’s.  For that reason alone, I’m grateful that the great state of Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union on this day back in 1817.

And Ray Stevens would have had to choose a different state in which that famous revival took place – can you imagine?

And the song by Mountain would not be called Mississippi Queen.  Hmm…  that would be weird.

And the coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs had this to say as he grinned from ear to ear on November 22nd after their 0-51 victory over Vanderbilt:

I couldn’t be happier with how our guys responded; offense, defense, kicking game, guys flying around, making plays, playing with that chip on their shoulder and really believing we have an awful lot still to play for.  You saw that on the field with how our guys played.  – Dan Mullen

Yep – we’re glad that on this day in 1817, Mississippi joined the Union!

I’ve never been to Mississippi, but it is on my bucket list to visit there one day!  I imagine overwhelming Southern hospitality, a laid-back attitude, good music and good food (not necessarily in that order).  What is life like in the deep south?

Ah – the gospel music has SOUL to be sure!  I feel God’s Holy Spirit!  But no squirrels inside this church (I am just a little disappointed).

Who’s ready to eat???

Now – let’s check out that Southern hospitality!  There are so many Bed & Breakfasts in Mississippi.  Really though, can you imagine soaking in the South from a Motel?  I can’t.

Um…  just make sure you don’t book your stay here:

I just read that Mississippi lost their first Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley.


Rest in Peace, Mary Ann Mobley. A Mississippi treasure.  She was Miss America in 1959.

God richly blessed this Nation when He saw fit to allow Mississippi to become a part of the United States of America!  😀

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If you lived in the 1970’s then you will understand the humor in the story I’m telling you.  Nixon was the President and the scandal called Watergate was in the news every day.

Mom and Dad gave me a cassette tape recorder for my birthday one year.  It was a fun toy and I used it to record music off the radio and my friend Linda Brumbaugh and I used to do funny little “interviews” with each other.  As I got older though, I outgrew the need for it.

I started at Wichita State in the fall of 1979.  I still lived with my parents and helped them out as much as I could.  My studies took priority and between them, my part-time job on campus and teaching over 20 piano lessons a week, I was pretty busy.   One day I walked into the house and saw the funniest sight!  Mama was “dealing” with a pesky telemarketer!

She was arguing with the person and trying to nicely explain that she was not interested in whatever was being pushed down her throat.  This went on for a few minutes.  Then mama took the little portable cassette player and calmly set it up on the phone stand.  She gently said, “Hold please” and put the receiver of the phone right next to the speaker of the cassette player.  Then she pressed the PLAY button and played one of the recordings I had made years ago!

Had she done it to some poor soul before?  I don’t know, but she did it like it was not a brand new idea to her.  She came into the living room, sat on the couch and asked me how my day went.  She didn’t mention the fact that she had just put a poor unsuspecting telemarketer (just trying to make a living) on perpetual HOLD.

Of course today we have no-call lists for which I’m thankful.  I will never forget the day I walked in to see mama putting the telemarketer on hold.   Wink!   😉




You may think I’m just old and sentimental, but I miss the caboose on trains!  Does anyone else miss the caboose being on the back of the train???  LOL!!!  When I was a kid I liked having to wait at railroad crossings for a train because the man in the caboose would always wave at me!  Even trains used to be more friendly than they are now…  sigh.

Boys & girls this is a CABOOSE and it was at the back of trains a long time ago. There was always a man in there and he waved to the cars at the crossing.

We all know the effect that everyday stress has on our health. Maybe it’s time for a nice vacation. When was the last time you took a trip – on a train??? We’re going! Get your bags packed! Today is NATIONAL TRAIN DAY!!!

Often we think of other modes of transportation and embrace them, but rarely do we consider getting to our destination by train. I enjoy watching old movies and some of my favorites include trips by rail. Movies such as The Train, The Grey Fox, The General, and The Lady Vanishes have extensive scenes that include trains. I think Agatha Christie’s Murder on The Orient Express is one of my favorite movies. I would love to ride The Orient Express one day. Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train is a movie I enjoy as well.

There’s a certain ambience on a train ride. It’s so romantic and relaxing.  But with 3 kids along?  Yeah – maybe not.  Here’s a 14 hour train ride…  with 3 kids.  I think at one point they’re asking, “Are we THERE yet???”  Hey – I would be!  Check out the foliage as they travel west – it’s really pretty in October!

My husband and I have taken a couple of short day trips on trains. It was just enough to make me want to go on a longer trip. For our 20th wedding anniversary we rode a dinner train from Branson, MO across the AR state line and back. We also rode a train in Abilene, KS one afternoon a few years ago.

Now I’m ready for my long trip! I have a friend who regularly travels by rail . She thinks I am just as crazy as can be for wanting to take a trip by train. I don’t care. I’ve been called worse.

If you’ve seen the movie Strangers on a Train, you’ll know that it’s not a good idea to get too friendly with anyone else. No, I’d play it safe and just talk with my husband.

Here in Kansas we are in real danger because our Amtrak line does not generate enough to maintain the tracks. Basically, if we don’t start using the train, we could lose our line completely. That would be a crying shame. We have to go to Newton, KS to begin our journey. That is about 20 miles north of Wichita. It’s a small inconvenience really. I hope more Kansans will choose the train to get where they want to go.

Let’s go to Italy and ride this new train!

I’ve always been fascinated with trains and hope to take a nice long train ride one day. I hope you will do the same. 😀