Man Up Mississippi

Many of you will note that I have not written anything new for this blog in quite some time. It’s not due to idleness. I have been quite busy researching and writing for my new organization: Man Up Mississippi, as well as the Man Up Boot Camp. Many of you know I have written much and given several public speeches

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Robert Lewis Dabney Cripps

42 years, 9 months and 5 days…that is how long I’ve had one, or more, of my children continually in the household. It started with my oldest son, J.T., in 1973 and continued through Robert who just started college. Of course, it really doesn’t end there as my step-daughter, Becca Lynn, will place me in 50+ year category before she

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U.S. at Night

Synopsis: Leading experts say the U.S. power grid is vulnerable to catastrophic failure due to an EMP blast, massive solar flare, cyberattack or physical terrorist attack. There have been books written and even a 208 page report by a congressional commission. It does not paint a pretty picture. Americans must be prepared because the U.S. government obviously isn’t. THE VULNERABILITY

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Southern Hospitality

The following article comes from the Cripps Vault. It is an old blog post from 2006 which was condensed from a speech I gave sometime in the 90s. All I can say is the once-great virtue known as Southern Hospitality has really gone down hill further from the time I wrote the original speech. SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY The South is known

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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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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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