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Sheila holds up her camera to take a picture of the two of us, and she asks, “What do you think I’m gonna get a picture of?”

“Your nose!” I reply.

Obviously, I should have said, “Our noses!”

Just found out that Polly Ann Weathers died this morning.

Polly was best pals with my buddy and longtime co-worker, Joe Anne Malkovich. She’d had a tough life, Polly Ann, but as my friend Becky said, “She handled it, and you never heard her complain.”

I always liked talking to Polly Ann. She like me, too; I’m pretty sure it was because I’d written good stuff about her grandsons over the years. (That was easy to do: They are good kids.)

Polly used to send me a birthday card each year, and at Christmastime, she’d bring me a bag full of Chex party mix. I’d send her a card, too,¬†whenever I remembered (I’ll admit it: I’m a bit lax, sometimes), but I really had no excuse for not remembering: Her birthday was the same day as my dad’s.

It’s a dreary day here, but I hope the sun is shining for Polly Ann in paradise. She deserves it.

I have a weather story of my own to share from Tuesday evening, and I’ll jot a few lines about it sometime, but elsewhere that night, a tornado hit the campus of Union University in Jackson, TN, where my friend and former colleague Tim Ellsworth works.

If you’re interested in making a donation to Union, there’s an address at the bottom of Tim’s latest blog post. And, obviously, if you’re so inclined, prayers would be appreciated, too.

August 2020

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