Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


January 24, 2014

Hallelujah (and pass the earmuffs)

Corsicana — First off, let me update you on a change for the G.W. Jackson Multicultural Society concert, which was set for Saturday, Jan. 25. Due to unforeseen illness with a couple of board members, the concert has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 22. It will still be at 6:30 p.m., still at IOOF Event Center, and still have the same lineup: The Gospel Five, Navarro College Chosen Ministry Gospel Choir, Straightations from Straightway Baptist Church, Lifeline Praise Dancers, Amy Roberts and the Unified Worship Group, and Tim Curry, gospel and jazz recording artist of Austin.

Tickets are $15 for one, two for $25.

This promises to be a fantastic event. The money raised will go toward financing a Multicultural Society Center, built on the land where G.W. Jackson’s home once stood. A story in the February issue of Explore explains more about the plans, but the change in the concert date happened too late to make it into that issue.

Hope to see you there!


Is it just me, or is it cold again? I mean, bitterly, freeze-off-your-fingers cold.

It actually seems appropriate to me this week because we spent three nights watching a mini-series called “Klondike.”

I don’t know if anyone else with adult males in the homes has this phenomena, but every single Friday evening my human male tunes in what I call the Gold Rush channel. I’ve noticed this at other homes, as well. However, they’re all in our family, so I’m not sure if that’s the link.

Anyway, one or two Fridays while being only vaguely aware of the Gold Rush channel, I heard them promoting a mini-series. I had not planned to watch it, nor was I aware of when it aired, but it just so happened Mr. Kirk was channel surfing and found it (imagine that). I have to say I rather enjoyed it.

The setting for Klondike was the 1897 gold rush near Dawson City in the Yukon Territory. Two very close friends from Vermont journey there to make their fortunes, and the story chronicles their setbacks and success, the harsh weather conditions as well as living conditions, and the extreme winters. What kept me tuning in were the characters, however.

There was a beautiful, ruthless business woman; a salty old priest (Sam Shepherd); the delightful but peculiar prospecter Meeker; the twisted villain with an accent; and of course, the eager, genuine hero, Bill Haskell. There were many other colorful characters as well, but I don’t want to give away too much in case you want to watch it.

I read some reviews where they discussed various aspects of being “true” to the time period. Good grief. I don’t care at all about that. I watched it for entertainment.

But during the spells where people were stuck out in the elements with no way to get warm ... the last couple of days has really helped me relate to their pain!


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email:

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