Happy July 4th everyone! As America celebrates our annual salute to Independence, I cannot help but be mindful of the confusing state we find ourselves in 2020. A pandemic that won’t go away, riots and anarchy that seem to be growing in intensity and frequency along with a Sahara Dust Plume shadowing our land has … Continue reading Freedom Matters – Part 2
Here it is July 4th, 2020 and we find ourselves in the midst of a perfect storm - a pandemic, an economic crisis, and a social crisis. Typically, our nation celebrates its independence with fireworks, cookouts, parades, and in nearby Atlanta, the famous Peachtree Road Race. Yes, we Americans enjoy our holidays. I suspect our … Continue reading Freedom Matters – Part 1
Today’s blog post is not my own. It belongs to a friend of mine, Mark Closson, who is a pilot with a leading airline. He’s also frustrated with the current state of affairs that we Americans find ourselves. He recently shared his perspective with a few friends in the Reflection below titled, “Shaken Up!” After … Continue reading Shaken Up!
On this Father's Day 2020, I thought I might share a reflection about my Dad. A couple of weeks before my Dad passed away in August of 2005, I had the opportunity to sit with him in his hospital room and talk, one-on-one. We talked about his health, about family, and about faith. He … Continue reading The Most Successful Man I Ever Knew
The end is near! The apocalypse is upon us! Another pandemic? No. More civil unrest? No. A giant meteor approaching earth? No. The AJC (Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper) announced on June 11th that “P.C.” is no more. Unfortunately, they are not referring to the term “Politically Correct.” They reported that the Varsity, Atlanta’s iconic … Continue reading The Varsity P.C. Blues
It was 1999, and my wife (Tootie) and I were looking forward to retirement. At 48, all five of our children had left home. Though our golden years were still over a decade away, our nest was empty, and we relished the next season of “our time.” For some couples, the empty nest season may … Continue reading Retirement 103 – Can A Marriage Survive the Retirement Years?
In a year known for its unexpected events, there is one certainty, 2020 will be a year remembered primarily as the Year of the Pandemic when life became more about surviving than living. How much longer this lasts remains to be seen. We yearn to return to normal. Or, as one Facebook post shouted: “2020 … Continue reading Adorning the Dark
It started as an innocent conversation. One of those typical dialogues a mother might have with an inquisitive, very bright for his age, six-year-old. Answering the first grader’s incessant questions had become a primary role for his parents. Now, as mom worked on getting her hair ready for a rare evening out with her husband, … Continue reading Big Sexy Hair
Some places conjure up more than pleasant vacation memories. They trigger emotions, prompting a momentary pause to reflect, to reminisce, to remember. These places have names, names that are more than a geographic spot on a map, names that echo across time. Names that might or should cause us to pause, to bow your head, … Continue reading Names Worth Remembering
The power of words to change hearts is something I will never fully understand. Appreciate? Yes. Understand? No. A certain survey asked Americans what they longed to hear someone say to them. Three answers stood out. The first one is no surprise. “I love you.” The second one you might have guessed. “I forgive you.” … Continue reading Supper’s Ready