MUG-Billy-McCord-CMYKDr. Stanley Meyers, an allergist in Memphis, told me while I was a patient that I never would have a good April because of the pollen floating everywhere. I drove to his office in East Memphis with my hands so swollen I could hardly steer the car. After all tests were finished he said to me, “Are you ready for some relief?”

My answer was, “You bet.”
The nurse came in with a couple of injections and told me to relax until the doctor came back in. He came back in and told me I would need to take a series of injections to make my body more immune to the allergens. I had not noticed until then that the swelling was almost gone in my hands. I had a much more pleasant trip back to my home in DeSoto County. But the month of April is still a bad month for my allergies.
However, as I have driven around in Calhoun and surrounding counties, the beauty of our world made it worth a little sneezing and coughing. The dogwoods are absolutely beautiful. Wisteria vines, while destroying many trees, make a pretty blooming plant in the spring. Even if you have to peep out a window to get a view of Mississippi in the spring it is worth it. Many people pay $3.50 per gallon for gas to go somewhere and see the beauty of spring. If many would do like I do and stay home and enjoy the beauty around us here in our area we could accomplish two purposes. We could enjoy the beauty of spring and if we are not using gasoline in our vehicles the cost of gas would decrease.
While we were having some plants set out at our home in Bruce last Saturday I was doing what I do best – watching the operation. I noticed that a beautiful female robin sitting within a yard from where I was standing. I remained still while talking to “Miss Robin” all the while.
She took her beak and stirred the dirt and brought up a very nice red worm. With that she looked at me and seemed to say, “I am off to feed my family.”
Believe me, the worm was large enough to feed a rather large robin family. I am having a blast watching the birds including humming birds just outside our front door. Join me in enjoying spring in Mississippi along with sneezing and coughing.

Breaking up the dirt
While growing up on a small farm in Calhoun County, this was the time of year when the soil in the fields had to be broken up with a plow usually pulled by a mule or a team of mules.
We had never heard of no-till farming back then and all we knew about was a plow. It was called “flat breaking” in my area of Calhoun. That was probably because a turning plow was used. It was flat on the bottom and would turn the soil over about 12 inches each time you went from one end of the field to another. If you were unlucky, as I was, you drew a single-row plow pulled by one pokey mule. The field looked larger each time I made a round. In one field we broke up each spring to plant corn the soil was black and very moist. As I plowed I always noticed the large number of red worms being turned up. It sure was tempting to go fishing but Daddy was just across the creek using a two mule turning plow. One day I was watching the worms come up when all at once I noticed a real large worm or something cross my boot on my right foot. The something was a snake which caused me to let the mule plow by himself. I got the snake off, caught my plow and continued my all day chore. So was the day on a small farm in Calhoun County, Mississippi.
Thanks for visiting with me this week.
Billy McCord is a retired school administrator of The DeSoto County School System and a United Methodist Minister. He is Pastor of Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Calhoun County. He is a member of and President of the Calhoun County School Board. Contact him at P.O. Box 337, Bruce, MS 38915 or by e-mail at