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"Jim sent me this poem several weeks ago. As a child, I'd watch my Granddaddy Jones sharpening and honing on his foot driven wheel, foot in perfect cadence, his eye carefully examining the honed edge. Jim lived next to Granddaddy; he has never told me of knowing of his honing skills. Perception beyond simple knowledge? Friendships beyond physical presence? Simple statements of facts? Great mind looking at the obvious and seeing more?"
Claude continues: "Jim is a native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, and now resides in Birmingham, Alabama, where he is a computer programmer. The influence of growing up with an extended family supporting his insatiable appetite to learn is evident in his writings and philosophy of life. He combines knowledge gained from the stories heard during his youth with a quick wit and independent thinking. His stories are driven by a mastery of words and phrases that entice the reader to become engaged with his characters."
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