I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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Chefs and cooks (including my son T.H.) toasting New York welcome table benefit

This is the kitchen crew toasting the completion of the Big Gay Welcome Table benefit in New York City. My son T.H., who went up as part of John Currence’s crew, is closest to the camera on the left, with Currence visible just beyond him, and cookbook writer Virginia Willis just left of [...]

Early Summer Breakfast

One of my favorite breakfasts is blueberries from my yard, peaches from Cherry Creek Orchard in Pontotoc, blackberries from another grower at MidTown Farmer’s Market (sorry I didn’t get the name), cantaloupes (these are from Lucedale because locals aren’t in yet, which seems a little late. I’ve learned to time all these things [...]

Shall Not Stand

The Texas Playboys bring sandlot baseball to Oxford this Saturday. And, I suspect, a party.

It’s hard to fully call it sandlot– it’s going to be in Swayze Field, against an Oxford team, the Mississippi Flood, formed for the occasion.

Garden and Gun Magazine describes how an Austin resident formed the team to take back to Alabama, where he’d encountered old school sandlot baseball while working as an [...]

Memory, and a thing about Oral History

2nd Update:  I am now completely convinced this is the building that now houses Funky’s and will post more about this later.

Update:  Information in the comments here makes me think I’m the one that is wrong, quite likely.  I’m trying to access the information that made me think this wasn’t Oxford, Mississippi. One [...]

I ate local. I ate much more vegetables than meat. But I couldn’t go see Micheal Pollan…

Tonight Micheal Pollan was in town.  I would like to have gone and see him but work prevented.  On the other hand, when I got home (late), I cooked a dinner he might have thought reasonable.

The main part of the meal was roasted local vegetables from farmers markets here along with some stuff [...]

MidTown Farmers Market haul on Saturday May 16th

… and you can’t show up at 7:45 and expect any of Linda Boyd’s asparagus.  But I did get sugar snaps, romaine, English peas, new potatoes, squash, and more.


Chris Offutt selected for Best Essays of 2014

Oxford writer and Ole Miss writing prof Chris Offutt has been selected for Best Essays of 2014.  Congratulations!

From River Teeth, where the essay appeared:

Congratulations to Chris Offutt, whose essay “Someone Else” from River Teeth Volume 15, Number 1 will be reprinted in The Best American Essays2014. This year’s anthology is guest edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan. The series [...]

Reminder about Charles Marsh reading of the Bonhoeffer biography tomorrow

I’m almost done with Charles Marsh’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which is a powerfully written and moving book.  I am very much looking forward to the reading tomorrow at 5:30 at Square Books.  Here’s the passage from the end of the chapter where the Gestapo has arrested Bonhoeffer (he did not leave prison alive), [...]

Food truck! “Cajun” food truck at Liz’s Farmers Market on Wed, Sat.

When I was out shopping today I noticed this food truck operating next to Liz’s Farmers Market on Old Highway 7 (North Lamar) above the 3-Way intersection.

Liz told me that, for now, they’ll be operating from 11-6 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  She says they’re from West Monroe, Louisiana.

I haven’t tried [...]