“When he had received the drink, Jesus said,
‘It is finished.’”
—Jesus on the cross in John 19:30 NIV
“It is true that I am greatly diminished.”
—Texas Ranger LaBoeuf to Mattie Ross after being accidentally shot by U.S. Deputy Marshal Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn in 2010 movie version of True Grit
In my last post, published on February 27, 2016, the birthday of my Female American Icon/Idol Elizabeth Taylor, I noted that I would have to wait a while before being able to publish a new post.
The reasons I cited for this delay were my declining physical health and failing eyesight. I had hoped that these serious personal health issues could be resolved in a few weeks and I could return to semi-regular blogging.
In fact, I had already begun planning a couple of timely new posts I would like to compose and publish. One of them was to be a tribute to my Male American Icon/Idol Elvis Presley. I had hoped to be able to publish it in August of this year to commemorate his death in August 1977, the year I moved my family to Tulsa from our hometown of McGehee, Arkansas.
Unfortunately, instead of my health and eyesight improving in the two and a half months since that last post at the end of February, both have continued to deteriorate rapidly and seemingly irreversibly.
A Few Important Events in My Life
That Took Place in the Month of May
“You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.”
—Stanislaw J. Lec
“History does not usually make real sense until long afterward.”
Now in the month of May, I have been reminded of several important events in my life that have taken place in that month.
One of them was the death of my father at the McGehee Livestock Auction on May 25, 1954. I wrote about that life-changing event that occurred at my age of fifteen in an earlier post titled: “My Father’s Brand and Seal” published on July 6, 2011.
Another important May post was my graduation at age eighteen from McGehee High School in 1956. Ironically, the sixtieth anniversary class reunion was being organized at the very moment I was planning and composing this post—though I will not be able to attend that reunion celebration set for October 14-15, 2016—for the very reasons cited above. (For more about our graduation and our senior trip, see my earlier post titled: “Moments to Remember” published on May 23, 2012.)
A third May post was titled “My Story Begins” and was the launch of my blog exactly five years ago this month, on May 12, 2011. As of May 16, 2016, that blog has now reached 100,000 visits! When I launched it I had no idea of how many visits it might produce. If pressed, I might have estimated (or hoped for) about 10,000!
Lists of Blog Posts from
May 12, 2011 to May 25, 2016
“A great part of knowing where we’re heading is
remembering where we came from.”
—Southwestern Bell ad
“Remember who you are.”
—My mother’s last words to me
whenever I would leave home
Earlier in these five years of blogging, I decided that I needed to provide a list of the first 112 posts I had published to that time, along with their titles, dates of publication, and links to their location.
That post titled “A List of My Past Blog Posts with Updates on WWII Japanese-American Relocation Camps” was published on June 27, 2014. It can be accessed by clicking on its title above.
Now feeling that the list of blog posts needs to be updated and completed, despite my poor health and eyesight, here is a list of Posts #113 to #139 (with Post #140 being the post you are now reading.)
113. A List of My Past Blog Posts with Updates on WWII Japanese-American Relocation Camps (June 27, 2014)
114. Arkansas Delta Plantations and Other Post-Mortem Tidbits, Part I (August 12, 2014)
115. Arkansas Delta Plantations and Other Post-Mortem Tidbits, Part II (September 5, 2014)
116. Arkansas Delta Plantations and Other Post-Mortem Tidbits, Part III (September 22, 2014)
117. Hollywood Plantation Update, Fifteen Delta Photos, and Mississippi River Voyage (October 7, 2014)
118. McGehee Estate and McGehee Alligator, Mari’s Brown Cotton and “Designing Women” (October 21, 2014)
120. You Might Be from the Country If . . . Part I (November 18, 2014)
121. You Might Be from the Country If . . . Part II (December 2, 2014)
122. You Might Be from the Country If . . . Part III (December 16, 2014)
123. You Might Be from the Country If . . . Part IV (December 30, 2014)
124. You Might Be from the Country If . . . Part V (January 15, 2015)
125. You Might Be from the Country If . . . Part VI (February 7, 2015)
126. You Might Be from the Country If . . . Part VII (February 21, 2015)
127. Delta Addenda, Etc., Part I (March 5, 2015)
128. Delta Addenda, Etc., Part II: St. Patrick’s Day and Celtic “Thin Places” (March 14, 2015)
129. Delta Addenda, Etc., Part III: Gathering Up the Fragments (March 24, 2015)
130. Infusion Inspiration: Memory Flood at the Center for Blood (April 3, 2015)
131. The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Part I: My Childhood Years (April 17, 2015)
132. The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Part II: Pop Music of the 1950s (May 9, 2015)
133. The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Part III: Delta Blues Roots of 1950’s Rock and Roll (May 23, 2015)
134. Mid-Summer Post of Updates and Tidbits (July 14, 2015)
135. Fall Updates and Tidbits (October 26, 2015)
136. Follow-Up on Fall Updates and Tidbits (November 16, 2015)
137. The South, Arkansas, and the Delta (December 4, 2015)
138. Angels among Us: Three Holiday/Anniversary Anecdotes (January 11, 2016)
139. Happy Liz-Mas! Name Your Idols! (February 27, 2016)
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die . . .,
a time to search and a time to give up . . .”
—Ecclesiastes 3:1-6 NIV
“I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.”
—St. Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7 KJV
In accordance with the title of this post, its opening quotations—“It is finished” and “I am greatly diminished”—and the introduction to the post, I conclude it with these quotations relating to the short time left to me on this earth, my rapidly failing health and eyesight, and the finishing of my work on this autobiographical blog.
That completed blog is represented by the reaching of my personal goal for it of 100,000 visits, along with a few other significant events of my life that have taken place in the month of May, especially over the five years of this blog.
I am sorry that I am simply no longer able to continue to publish posts on the blog. That “time to give up” has been increasingly clear (at least to me) by the increasing time, effort, and actual physical, mental, and emotional pain it has caused me to compose and publish each new post.
This fact should also be clear to you by examining the list of the first 112 posts I composed and published in comparison with the new list of final posts I have composed and published more recently. Those early posts appeared weekly (an amazing feat even to me!), while the latter group were published in an increasingly longer and irregular time frame—from two weeks up to two months or more, as with this final Post #140.
I do hope you will use these two lists of posts to search, locate, read, enjoy, and share them with others for as long as I am able to maintain the blog in operation.
Thank you for following the blog and commenting on it, whether it was for one isolated visit or for multiple regular visits over the past five years.
And my special thanks to three special people who have contributed so much to this blog:
- Patsy McDermott Scavo (my McGehee High School classmate from the Class of 1956 which is now planning its sixtieth reunion), who contributed numberless anecdotes, stories, videos, links, etc., that now make up so much of the copy in this blog.
- Joe Dempsey (my Ouachita Baptist College classmate of the Class of 1960), who contributed so many hours (often at the expense of his own work and blog) in designing this blog and in providing so much technical assistance to keep it going, even (especially) with this final post.
- Marion Williams Peacock (my wife whom I call “Mari,” also a fellow graduate of McGehee High School and Ouachita Baptist College) who not only helped me to “keep this blog going” for the five years of its life, but even more importantly “kept me going” for the fifty-three years of our marriage.
Please continue to pray for me as I continue to deal with my health and vision problems and as I continue to pray for you and for all those who have joined me in this online autobiographical journey, a piecemeal glimpse into my recent personal past and into the faraway past spent in a bygone place that made me who I am.
Remember my personal philosophy on which my entire life and this entire blog are based: “Where you’re from is who you are!”
And with that warm goodbye, may “[t]he Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: [t]he Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:25-26 KJV)