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Someone recently asked how the topics were chosen that I write about each week. It took a few moments of thought to give an answer – even after giving an answer it wasn’t necessarily a correct and certainly not a complete one.

Several years ago John Blanchard, editor of the Mansfield Enterprise, knowing my interest in history, encouraged me to write about the history of Mansfield and DeSoto Parish. This has always been my main focus - “Preservation of the history of our area.” Mansfield and DeSoto Parish didn’t just happen – it was the result of brave men and women working to make it the good place that it is. We also have a great nation and the same thing that made DeSoto Parish great made our nation great.

Back to the question of how my topics are chosen. As my mind wonders about certain things research follows and, thus, topics follow this research and reading. For example The Statue of Liberty! In the early 1940’s while sailing out of New York harbor the Statue of Liberty faded into the mist without much feeling but a couple of years while returning from WWII in Europe as the first mate announced over the intercom, “The Statue of Liberty is coming into view!”. You can rest assured this little DeSoto fellow had a different feeling. It took a few words to get to the main topic of today’s article with information about the Statue of Liberty.”


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