Archive: 2015

This past July Jen and I, along with my two grandsons J.T. And Kaleb, embarked on our great 2015 Alaskan adventure. The first day we headed to Talkeetna where we had reservations at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. I had chosen Talkeetna so I could photograph Mt. Denali (McKinley), some of the old downtown structures and, of course, the old railroad

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Independence Mine - Cripps Kids

This past July Jen and I, along with my two grandsons J.T. And Kaleb, embarked on our great 2015 Alaskan adventure. The first day we took in the Talkeetna area, and the second day we set out for Hatcher Pass. It was a chilly, dreary day which reminded me that the only thing predictable about Alaskan weather is its unpredictability.

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We shall overcome!

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the massive storm that brought massive change. It changed the landscape of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, leaving much of it nothing but piles of debris. It changed the lives of tens of thousands of people, rendering many homeless and dispersed. It even changed the name of the area between the Pearl River

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Bo at Sgt. Burrell's Grave Marker

Dispelling The Myths About Dixie – Part 2 The following is Part 2 of a transcribed speech version of my 1995 small book. This speech was given at a seminar held in Gulfport, Mississippi April 13, 2000. If you have not already done so, I would recommend reading Part 1. MYTH #6: Southerners were “Rebels” to the Constitution MYTH #7:

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Great Seal of The Confederate States of America

The following is a transcribed speech version of my 1995 small book of the same title. This speech was given at a seminar held in Gulfport, Mississippi April 13, 2000. It is long so I will break it up into two parts… Dispelling The Myths About Dixie I am going to begin this evening by reading a text of Scripture

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Nathaniel Levi Cripps Air Force Graduation

Nathaniel Levi Cripps – Airman First Class On 3 June 2015, the family drove to San Antonio, Texas to attend the Air Force graduation week ceremonies for Nathaniel Levi Cripps. Just six months ago, we had made the trip to Parris Island, South Carolina to attend Pätrick Henry Cripps’ graduation from Marine Corp. boot camp. The two ceremonies were strikingly

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Robert E Lee - Artwork by Frank Swords

Frank Swords, Last of A Dying Breed In this day and age a man should consider himself fortunate to have one or two really good friends. I feel especially blessed to have several. The late Frank Swords was a talented artist, history buff, and a best friend. He was intelligent, honest, kind and hilariously funny. Even though he lived across

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Nathaniel Levi Cripps - son of John Cripps

And then there was one… In August I posted about my daughter, Dixie Lee, heading off to college. The following month I posted about her brother, Pätrick Henry departing for Marines Boot Camp. Now, I get to write about Nathaniel Levi Cripps heading off to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, for his Boot Camp. Since, the remaining son, Robert

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Several cousins and I recently lamented how sad it is that we only see each other at funerals. My Aunt Mary had just passed away and cousins from near and far drove, or flew in, to attend the services. I hadn’t seen my cousin, Eddie Hodges, since my own dad passed away in 2006. On several occasions another cuz, Jay

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John Cripps on Camel in Isfahan Iran

Isfahan, Iran and the Great Camel Adventure My children love to hear the absolutely true story of the great camel adventure of 1976. I will get to it directly but first I must tell the story of how I can to live and work in the heart of Iran. I had been working at the Bechtel construction site of the

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