Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Four: Pilgrims

My soul continues its journey By WILLIAM PRENTISS I had already begun contemplating death prior to my present state. When younger, healthy and virtually free of scars and the tissue that remains, death was something far into an unknown, never-to-be-reached future. Death was an occasional thought, sadly affecting others. At some point in my early forties, […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – The Beginning

A DELTA SHORT By WILLIAM PRENTISS Clarksdale, Mississippi He is God. Why didn’t He protect me? I blamed Him. It wasn’t His fault. Life ain’t fair. That’s that. No more pleas for them to hear. They can’t. Two years, and only Sis hears. Well, she really doesn’t hear. I talk to God about it. Guess […]

Being Present

We cannot alter the past or control the future, but we can work on being present. By POOR WILLIAM CLARKSDALE, Mississippi “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”  —  Luke 12: 25-26 Memories and future […]

Thanksgiving! And, to Whom?

By Poor William (Clarksdale, Mississippi) “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me ‘to recommend to the […]

Nuthin’ and Everything

By Poor William (Clarksdale, Mississippi) Nuthin’ can be something, and nuthin’ can be everything, if one’s everything is nuthin’! Nuthin’ and Everything. Two words appearing to be diametrically opposed—nothing and everything—are not as mutually exclusive as they appear. Seeming to be polar opposites, they actually are quite kin.

Billy Lee sings “You So Fine” at double quick on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Clarksdale – the Heart of the Mississippi Delta

DADDY ALWAYS SAID – MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE VIDEO IN POST My daddy always said – “God wants you to make a joyful noise; he doesn’t care what it sounds like. He likes praise and thanksgivings offered up in song. He’s listening for it.” Billy Lee gets it. Billy Lee Abbott is often seen leaning […]

Between Two Thieves

Pontificus Minimus Opines “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  —  Matthew 6:34 What does it mean to live in the present? Is the present where we should live? And what’s up with the two thieves bit? Magical Madge, Pontificus’s fine wife […]

Dealing with Self

Pontificus Minimus Opines Feeling whimsical and blue Find something to do Worried about self Put it on a shelf Think of those without Stop the whine and pout Formulate a plan Lend a helping hand Come across a need Fill it quickly indeed For those of us who are among the world’s fortunate, let’s recognize […]

Simple Graces

5/28/09 – Pontificus Minimus Opines Simple Graces Simple Words Healing Power Phoenix Birds Ashes Risen Heart’s Healed

A Few Thoughts On Why “Christian” Has Become A Pejorative

Pontificus Minimus Opines Ole Pontificus is not chunking big stones here; he is merely pontificating with his fingers on the keyboard. He is bad about that! Pontificus is a Christian, albeit a compromised one, who is seldom proud of his behavior. Why do so many Christians and non-Christians find the term “Christian” to be a […]

Blue: King of the Walking People

DELTA SHORTS:   Blue: King of the Walking People By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: See end of post! Blue didn’t give a damn what folks thought. He had carved out a nice living for a 45-year old, uneducated black man in the Mississippi Delta. He didn’t have much, but he didn’t owe much, except whatever he […]

Loofah Love and Legalism

By PONTIFICUS MINIMUS Pontificus was waddling in the bathtub last night and reached for Magical Madge’s loofah–an item he is most unfamiliar with–in order to scratch a bit of an itch on his foot. Well, it felt so good that he scratched the itch next to it, which led to a full body scrub down. […]