Archive: 2014
Hunting Island Jennifer Cripps

On our recent trip to South Carolina to attend our son Pätrick’s Marine Graduation ceremony we took a side trip to shoot some coastal photos. Hunting Island is a 5000 acre State Park located near Beaufort, South Carolina. This secluded semitropical barrier island has been spared the encroaching development ubiquitous throughout the Lowcountry. The island was once a hunting preserve

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Columbia Mississippi Tornado

All the phones in the household went off at once. It was a tornado warning alarm, something we take very serious in these parts. Since I’ve lived in Wiggins, there have been three tornadoes hit with a couple mile radius of my home. My sons and I immediately ran to both porches to view the horizon from every direction. The

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Pätrick Cripps with his platoon

Pätrick Cripps Marine Graduation Part 2 Graduation Day finally arrived. It was December 12th, the birthday of his oldest brother who served in the Air Force. It was a cold windy day but everyone was too excited to care. There is something very impressive about soldiers marching, and these Marines put on a damn good show. Thirteen weeks earlier, they

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Patrick Cripps - Parris Island Barracks

Pätrick Cripps Marine Graduation Part 1 He did it! My son persevered the dreaded Crucible and earned the title, United States Marine. On Sunday, Pearl Harbor Day, he got to make one five minute phone call. It was the first time I’d heard his voice in thirteen weeks. I expected him to sound very different, but he was still very

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John Cripps Photography

A Smartphone Doesn’t Make You A Photographer I recently read an article about how “everyone is now a photographer” because of the ubiquitous smartphone. Granted a smartphone camera can be handy, but it doesn’t make you a photographer any more than a hammer makes you a carpenter, or a chisel makes you a sculptor. These are tools, and they can

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Delma Asa Bishop Seventy years ago my uncle, Delma Asa Bishop still a teenager, was cut down by the Germans as he charged with rifle and bayonet in hand. He had felt the call of duty and volunteered to serve and fight in the U.S. Army. He was part of the 175th Regiment who landed at Omaha Beach on 7

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The Warrior Poet

The Warrior Poet Several years ago I ran a very popular blog at lochandload.com. When the demands of child-rearing outweighed the website in importance, I chose to shut it down. The title “Loch And Load” was a play on words. The idea was simple: I am coming at you “fully loaded” in this blog…I am not holding anything back. To

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Ernest Tubb Collectible - song on a placemat

The Downtowner Placemat In March, 1975 several members of the Cripps and Bishop family were having breakfast at the Downtowner Inn in Jackson, Mississippi. Shortly after we arrived a tall fella, with an even taller cowboy hat, came in and sat down a short distance from us. He kept staring over toward our table and finally he got up, walked

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Moving Up A Teat

I Am An Agrarian As John Crowe Ransom wrote in 1930, “It is out of fashion in these days to look backward rather than forward. About the only American given to it is some unreconstructed Southerner, who persists in his regard for a certain terrain, a certain history, and a certain inherited way of living.” It is a matter of

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John Cripps chooses music over baseball

Being a Southerner, sports was always important. But in the land of football, baseball was my first love. My dad’s job kept us moving when I was young. Though I never even played Little League, I dreamed of being a major league baseball player. Above all I wanted to pitch. It never came to pass because I got derailed at

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John Cripps Biscuits Like Grandma's

GRANDMA-STYLE BISCUITS Over the years I have received numerous requests for my biscuit recipe. The art of true biscuit making is disappearing. That perfect combination of soft flaky insides with a nice golden top and bottom crust has been replaced by hockey pucks. So many of us were fortunate to have a mother or grandmother who knew the art of

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Stonewall Jackson - The Southern Tradition of Leadership

INTRODUCTION I have learned much during the years I have labored under the banner of various political and cultural organizations. I have experienced times of great joy, and times of great sadness. I have seen great victories, and I have witnessed many missed opportunities. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most tireless, devoted, passionate patriots

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This man is a liar

Another unnumbered chapter in my autobiography: Time to Fess Up…I am a liar! There comes a time in life when a man just has to fess up and tell the truth. I admit it…I lied to my children, and I did so for several years. What’s worse is the lack of any regret! It all started when my son Nathaniel

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Jack Bruce & The Crown Prince - Squirrel in tree

Jack Bruce & The Crown Prince I don’t know why I’ve always been fascinated by squirrels. After all, they are basically rats with bushy tails. They may look cute in a country setting perched atop a fence post gnawing on acorns, but they can be major pests in the city as they take residence in your attic. I have experienced

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John Cripps for Governor 2003

Since Election Day 2014 is less than a week away, I thought I would dig through the archives and pull out an article I wrote about this time in 2003. That year I ran for governor in Mississippi. I had a tremendous amount of grassroots support, but being a third-party candidate, a lot of people believed voting outside the two

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Foxworth House for Sale

The reason I took two weeks off from writing was to work on a website devoted to showcasing my house in Foxworth, Mississippi. It’s been on the market for 10 months with very little interest. I went to the real estate company’s website and the photos were small. They were shot in the wintertime where everything looked dead.The place appeared

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Lorraine Cripps, mother of John Cripps

Continuing the autobiography of John Cripps this is an edited version of Chapter One. All dates and places that can be used for identity theft have been replaced by Latin text. I apologize to the honest readers, but I’m in the Internet biz, and therefore very cautious. It is mainly three paragraphs and does not take away from some of

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Lorraine Cripps, mother of John Cripps
Fortitude - Patrick Henry

As mentioned in a recent post, my son Pätrick Henry Cripps is going through Marine Boot Camp in South Carolina. Today, he is enduring Day 11 of the most difficult time of his life. As I await a mailing address, I am writing daily about traits which are important to the real men of this world. This article on fortitude

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Anubis Hitchhiking to Byzantium

Let’s have a drum roll please while I announce the John Cripps Album of the Year award for 2014.  I’m opening the envelope…and the winner is, Anubis, for the album, Hitchhiking to Byzantium. Yes, I realize 2014 isn’t over yet, and there are many more albums to be released before year-end. I just know none of them are going to

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