"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick." Proverbs 13:12 

Helen Keller once said "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." It is the opinion of this writer that confidence is the outward manifestation of Optimism and Faith together.

In the sticks near Kingston, MS, south of Natchez on land humbly named "Smithland" lives a man who is without a doubt an eternal Optimist. Daniel H. Tarver, who once spent many hours on this land as a child has returned to this land as a "gentleman farmer" continuing to do what he has done most of his life: optimistically await what comes next. 

Rarely does waiting for what comes next mean retiring and doing nothing. Opportunity does not come to those to simply wait on it. Opportunity must be actively sought and if necessary wrestled into submission. And yet, it is not purely a physical effort that wins the day, for imagination must also be applied for we can only achieve what we imagine possible. 

Surrounded by the ghosts of ancestors who walked the land he now lives on, Daniel Tarver reflects on the past, imagines the possible, invents the present, and optimistically awaits what comes next. 

This website is an opportunity to share some of that with you.

Paul H. Tarver, #1 Son

07-25-2007 Meridian, MS

We are here to celebrate the birthday of Dan-
    husband to Alice and quite a man.
He is descended from the Jersey Settlers of old
    and often about them we are told.
He lives on his old home place called Smithland Plantation
    and worships the Lord who gave him salvation.
He loves planting fruit trees and walking the land
    and can always be counted on to give folks a hand.
He is gentle and kind, an man of his word
    and 'round his table wonderful stories are heard.
He opens his home on Wednesdays to guests
    and the lunches he serves are always the best.
He is a wonderful man, "salt of the earth."
    He can fix anything and increase its worth.
He is friendly and outgoing, always smiling and glad,
    and better friend no one ever has had.
He is generous and kind, helpful to all,
    If we need anything, we give him a call.
He's the poetry man, he's written quite a few,
    and each person can't wait 'till he writes on about you.
I've tried to do you justice with these words Bro. Dan,
    but I just can't write them as well as you can.
You're a part of our family, have been from the start,
    for when you walked into our church, you walked into our hearts.

                                                                                                 Millie Burke
                                                                                      Happy Birthday Dan
                                                                                              June 26, 2007



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