16 May 2009

Heaven thru Mississippi eyes

This is what Heaven looks like to an over-educated, home-sick redneck priest living in Rome!

My thanks to my most generous Book Benefactor, N.M., for making the purchase of this little piece of southern heaven possible. N., if I had a Jack Daniel's and Coke right now, I'd toast you.

Side note: I first heard of my fellow Mississippian, Larry Brown, while teaching English in China. I tuned into V.O.A. one afternoon and heard his beautiful southern accent twanging out over the airwaves and nearly cried. I taught one of his novels, Dirty Work, to my literature students when I got back to the U.S.

Another local boy made good: Barry Hannah. I had the great privilege of taking Barry's first creative writing class at Ole Miss in 1989. What I wouldn't do to be in a creative writing MFA program right now. . .ah well. . .


  1. Anonymous12:45 PM

    Wonderful! Will have to check this out.

  2. Father..two books from your wish list at Amazon headed your way. God bless you for the work you do.

  3. Sylvia! You're a sweetheart...thanks so much!

    Fr. Philip

  4. Sylvia, which two did you send my way? They aren't indicating this on the Wish List...

  5. Father..with any luck at all you will receive O. Henry Prize Stories and The Dance Most Of All.