They are the kind of decorations you may have tried to make at one time or another. The kind accented by little shinny reflective dots with a pin pushed through them into a satin-covered Styrofoam ball. Someone with a lot of patience made these. And then gave them away to Frances Jackson. And Frances remembers them well.
Frances Jackson: Grandmother Nolan started those in 1953 when I marred Jack Nolan. When the first baby was born she started sending these ball to us and she was I'd say late 60s. But she made them until she died.
Walt: The pathway into the season we are ALL entering is paved with stacks and stacks of memories. Christmases past. The smell of a fresh cut evergreen instantly takes us back to our childhood living rooms and decorating the family tree in those carefree days of youth. That's what a tree like Frances's does. It's a time machine back to the good old days.
If we could only realize that after we survive THESE urgent times we are living today, they TOO will become the good old days. And the greatest practical gift we could get is the ability to LIVE the present with the same attitude with which we will recall these times years from now.
Frances has an added element of urgency in her remembering and wanting to share her memories with friends and the generations of her family who don't know about those days back then, because Frances is beginning to exhibit the onset symptoms of Alzheimer's. And she, more than many, realizes what a precious gift memories are.
Frances: Because I remember the past more than I am remembering the present and the recent history.
Walt: And memories of special things like homemade ornaments given away by a thoughtful member of the family way back then are for her keys to interpreting the present and the hope of giving meaning to an uncertain future.
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:13 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:13:14 GMT
Two elementary school girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by another female student. One incident happening while the two girls were at school. Two mothers are now speaking out about their daughters.More >>
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Thursday, May 23 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:05:30 GMT
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.A spokesperson for the Mississippi DepartmentMore >>
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:07 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:07:42 GMT
Joseph Patrick Coates has pled guilty to three counts of sale of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 52 years in prison. The last eight years of the sentenced were suspended and he'll be placedMore >>
Joseph Patrick Coates has pleaded guilty to three counts of sale of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 52 years in prison. The last eight years of the sentence were suspended and he'll be placed on supervised probation following his release.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:28 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:28:21 GMT
Three on Your Side receives a complaint of tainted gas in Clinton Wednesday. Toby Latham said water in gasoline from Kangaroo Express on Springridge Road damaged his vehicle. According to the Byram motorist,More >>
One customer at a gas station in Clinton claims water in the fuel damaged his vehicle.
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:17:05 GMT
James Hutto interrupted his own capital murder trial Tuesday morning, angry that judge Bill Gowan decided against the admissibility of certain evidence. "None of that matters? F***. I don't give a f***More >>
Eighty-one year old Ethel Winstead Simpson was killed between 11:30 p.m. on September 13 and 1:15 a.m. on September 14, 2010. Prosecutors narrowed down the time frame Wednesday in the Capital Murder trial of James Hutto.More >>
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