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Sunday in the park

When I was a kid growing up in western Kentucky, Columbus-Belmont Park was the place to go on a field trip.

Still is.

anchor at columbus parkIt’s an area rich in Civil War history — in fact, the park originally had the word ‘battlefield’ in its name — so we climbed on cannons and the famous anchor [pictured left] during our many trips there.

We also hiked the trails, played miniature golf and ate….a lot. Because you always had a picnic when you went to Columbus Park.

Good times.

Today over 60 members of my family are gathered at Columbus-Belmont Park for a reunion, celebrating the 100th Wedding Anniversary of Edith and Omar Hayden, my maternal grandparents.

I had to cancel because my dog got sick.  (He’s fine now…of course.)

So if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say howdy.  They’re a lot of fun.  And grab some lunch.  They’ll have extra —

Mine.

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Hot airs

The novel Gone with the Wind turns 75 this month.

Have you read it?  Tragically, I have not.

My knowledge of the trials and tribulations of Scarlett O’Hara and Tara and Rhett Butler and Melody and Ashley and the whole hee haw gang was not gleaned from Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel.

I know there are purists among you who are shaking your heads right now.  I meant to read it — I really did — and goodness knows I’ve had plenty of time.

It’s not like I enjoyed the movie version of this Civil War tale instead.  I’ve seen snippets of the 1939 film, but I’ve never made it through the entire thing in one sitting.  It’s just so long…and the acting so stylized.

There now, I’ve offended a whole new group.

No, my affection for this Southern classic lies in the TV version — the parody that appeared on The Carol Burnett Show entitled “Went with the Wind.”

Critics agree it is one of the greatest comedy skits of all time.  Enjoy!