Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Closing The Bodock Post

Dear  Friends of the Bodock Post,

It is with a sad hearts that we must tell you of our ending the Bodock Post.  Wayne Carter and I have come to the conclusion that we must end this most enjoyable run of the Post.  Many of you have been with us since the very first posting back in September 2008, almost eight years ago, and we appreciate your faithfulness so much.

We hope some of the writings have been a pleasant and helpful reminder of years gone by, in and around, Pontotoc County, and other rural areas of our country.  Both our wells have about run dry.  Fresh new things to write about are becoming harder to secure.  To adhere to our mission statement of true and accurate stories, all written in a manner and language that your grandmother would like to read; this has about ‘played out,’ as my granddad would have said.

To our many guest writers we say a big ‘Thank You’ for all your hard work, your fine stories, and willingness to contribute.  Without you we would have had much less to say.

To our many readers, we again say, ‘Thank You’ for your support, encouragement, and allowing us to come into your home each month.  Not only do Wayne and I say ‘so long’ but also Cornpone, Junior, John Henry, and all the other cartoon characters.  It has been a wonderful journey.

May God Bless each of you!

Ralph Jones, Editor

Why Now ~ By Wayne L. Carter, Editor & Publisher

This year marks my twentieth year of writing for a hobby. Many of you may not be aware that I wrote and published a weekly newsletter for twelve years prior to starting The Bodock Post with Ralph Jones and Carl Wayne Hardeman, almost eight years ago.

After consulting with Ralph, we agreed to cease publishing The Bodock Post.  We could easily have continued to compile articles right up until our 8th Anniversary this August, but it really didn’t make sense to either of us to prolong the inevitable.

It’s really been a pleasure working with Ralph Jones throughout the life of The Bodock Post. He has a knack for storytelling and has done an admirable job with his monthly cartoon, Cuzin’ Cornpone.

We have been honored to share articles submitted by fifty-two other writers, as well.  These helped balance our respective perspectives and helped take the edge off the occasionally politically charged musings of either Ralph or me, and generally added to the appeal of The Bodock Post.

We are presently in the process of terminating the registered domain names used by our website and deleting said website’s content.

Ralph and I are thankful for the years you, our readers, have allowed us to be a part of the things you read.  God bless each of you.

If you would like to keep in touch with either of us by email, you may do so as follows:

Ralph R. Jones ~

Wayne L. Carter ~


Sharon Lusk said...

Thank you for providing us so much "good stuff" for so long. You will indeed be missed. Wishing you all the best.

Sue & Gerald said...

Although, I certaintly understand the reasoning with this, I, for one, will really miss the postings..Sure put a smile on my face when I'd read it, and the sweet memories of 'days gone by'....

Wish only the best of life's offerings to all involved in keeping us 'informed'..
Sue Seymer

jtmitch said...

First - thank you for exercising the strong discipline of writing. Secondly - I'm saddened that you will be closing up shop. Third - I pray you will find another, perhaps less restrictive avenue of writing. Once a writer - always a writer. You have much to offer and perhaps a blog or some avenue with wide open choice of content is in your future. I pray so.

Change comes - just keep on using your ample gift.
Tommy Mitchell

Alan Babin said...

Thank you for providing an outlet for new writers, such as myself. Other then sending article to the local newspapers - some of which print only those things their editors are personally interested in. Y'all printed only one of my own two articles, the one on Summer Camps, you've encouraged this 87 year old writer to expand his efforts. Also, reading other's articles has certainly helped me to continue writing.

Shelley Jamieson said...

So sad that I will not be receiving the Bodock Post each month. Both of you are very good writers. I was able to relate to most all stories and enjoyed reminiscing along with you, as well as the other writers.

Wayne, I have come to feel that you and Barbara are indeed friends through your stories, emails and our couple of "chance" meetings. So appreciated the two of you attending my book signing in Ripley. And guess what? I was just about to submit a story about attending an FHA convention at Ole Miss in 1955 and being on stage with Mary Ann Mobley. Guess the world will just have to miss that one! Oh, well!

Shelley Jamieson

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I'm a native of Pontotoc, MS, and graduated Pontotoc High School in 1960. I received a BS degree in Mathematics from The University of Mississippi in 1965. My wife Barbara and I have two children and five grandchildren and one great grandchild. We make our home in Pontotoc.