By Jan Ballard
What is a man of character? Some notable quotes might read:
“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us”-Thomas Paine
“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost” – Billy Graham
“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans” – Ronald Reagan
Men of character are those people we remember, not so much because of what they said, but because of what they did; how they lived.
It would appear that Michael Parker, the protagonist in Merle Temple’s new book, A Ghostly Shade of Pale, is a man of character, as is the author. The story, set in Mississippi during the 1970’s, touches on many “monsters” of that time such as the Vietnam War, a growing anti-establishment mindset, Civil Rights issues, and the corruption of drugs and the money to be gained illegally. Mr. Temple is able to weave a story of greed and evil taking on goodness and men of character.
The first in a trilogy of books, A Ghostly Shade of Pale, is believable because it is based on truth. Michael Parker (and Merle Temple) were both undercover agents in North Mississippi and came close to sacrificing their lives, on more than one occasion, to stand up for what was right.
The Yarn Spinners Book Club, part of the Choctaw County Extension Service, is inviting area residents to read and then join to discuss the book, with the author, at the Choctaw County Public Library at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Mr. Temple will be there to answer questions and sign books. Light snacks will be available after the book discussion. The book is available to be purchased from the publisher, www.bethelroadpublications.com, for $25.95, hardcover, or $9.99 ebook. It is also available at www.amazon.com for $20.42, hardcover, or $9.99 kindle edition.
Aren’t you glad there were men of character in Mississippi in the 1970’s? Aren’t you even more glad that they are still here today?
Please call the Choctaw County Extension Office with questions, 662-285-6337.