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Today

Posted on March 15th, 2013
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There are times that I absolutely despise Facebook.  It’s not the random sharing of far more information than I often want and definitely do not need that is so very bothersome.  It’s the unpleasant surprises that you innocently scroll into while wading through untold shares of political positions, cute kitty pictures, and other such stuff.  Last night was […]

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Open the Gate

Posted on January 22nd, 2013
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I’m fortunate enough to live in the middle of 42 acres and still be inside the city limits of our little town. And I’m fortunate enough to see things up close and personal that a lot of other “city folks” may never experience—like a ‘possom or a raccoon two inches away from my face, on […]

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The Best Christmas Present. Ever.

Posted on January 15th, 2013
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Yes.  I know.  Christmas is over.  My house is a testament to that fact; a shambles, half decorated and half in disarray as I attempt to find the living space underneath all the twinkling lights and garland.  I’ve always loved the way the house sparkles at Christmas when the sun goes down and the trees (yes, I said trees […]

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The Carpenters

Posted on December 22nd, 2012
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I am a Christmas junkie.  There.  I said it.  I revel in all things Christmas, unless there is an abundance of glitter involved in which case I dislike cleaning up the mess—and being all sparkly.  And of all things Christmas, the thing I like the most is Christmas music.  It’s all I listen to from the day immediately following Thanksgiving […]

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Newtown, Connecticut

Posted on December 16th, 2012
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Shackelford Funeral Directors, as a show of support for the families of Newtown, Connecticut, is offering the people of our commuinties the opportunity to sign a register book which will be sent to the city of Newtown after the Christmas holiday. In addition to signing, you will have the opportunity to include words of sympathy […]

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Crematory

Posted on December 15th, 2012
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  The Shackelford family is pleased to announce that we will soon be opening our own cremation center.  Shackelford Cremation Services, Inc. will be based in Selmer, Tennessee and will serve all Shackelford facilities. The new center will be located in what was formerly the Adams House; previously the house held the offices of the McNairy County […]

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Church Street

Posted on November 29th, 2012
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I grew up on the business end of Church Street.  I say the business end because I lived directly behind the funeral home, or at least what was the funeral home at that time.  It faced Main Street with a parking lot in back and remained the funeral home until we moved the business to a new […]

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Heads and Hearts

Posted on November 22nd, 2012
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My parents had been told they would never have children, so the house they built in 1955 had two bedrooms – one for them and one for whatever guest might show up.  Imagine their surprise when a semi-permanent one (in the form of me) arrived in 1956, followed by my brother in 1959.  Given the […]

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Cemeteries

Posted on November 15th, 2012
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I have a thing for cemeteries, but only the old ones with upright monuments. For the uninitiated, an upright monument is one that is not flat.  You’d think that would go without saying, but if it’s flush to the ground and made of bronze and granite, I’m probably not going to be interested.  Not that there’s anything wrong […]

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Bread Machine

Posted on October 29th, 2012
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I have never had an affinity for bread machines. As a matter of fact, I pretty much blame them for the downfall of society as we know it—those and home improvement shows that make you believe you can redo an entire house in twenty minutes. We have come to expect the impossible and to expect […]

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