Sunday mornings today are far different from those of my mid-20th century childhood. I recall here in the Bible Belt of the American South, most stores were closed on Sunday, and church parking lots were full. My family rarely attended church services, so I do not have any poignant memories of church life of … Continue reading It’s Sunday Morning in My Soul
The American reality television series called American Pickers has popularized the little known past-time of “picking.” This captivating show of exploring barns, sheds, workshops, and attics in hopes of discovering unique, collectible, and sometimes valuable items of Americana vaulted the program to the History Channel’s highest-rated show. In my case, I don’t have to go … Continue reading This Thing Called Prayer
I have mixed emotions about Facebook - too much personal information shared, too much ranting, and too many unsubstantiated accusations. Yet, there are times when I see how this social networking tool can be a medium of profound benefit and use. Such was the case a few days ago. This past Friday found me posting … Continue reading Thank You Biscuit
As you may have noticed by now, my blog posts vary widely in topic and tone. For my last post of January 2020, I think it’s time to enjoy a chuckle. It is a common saying for grandparents that if they knew grandchildren would be this much fun, they would have had them first. I … Continue reading Grandkids are Good Medicine
I sometimes wonder if there is a common misconception among married women that a husband sitting quietly, deep in thought, must be either upset or up to no good. Seeing the studious look upon my countenance one recent morning, my wife asked, “Is everything ok?” Wanting to quickly dispel any notion that I might be … Continue reading The Manly Art of Pondering
It all started with a box of Cracker Jacks. I don’t remember much from my fourth-grade year at Toney Elementary in 1960. I recall Mrs. Jakes was my teacher. And I remember a box of Cracker Jacks. Our principal, Mr. Grady, announced over the speaker one Friday afternoon that anyone who came to Sunday School … Continue reading Cracker Jack Gospel
Feeling Blue? According to some psychological researchers, you are not alone. January can be a dreary, depressing, downhearted month. More specifically, the first Monday of January is considered the most miserable day of the year. Did I just hear an Amen? Multiple factors contribute to so many of us feeling gloomy and guilty. We have … Continue reading Blue Monday?
It was the day after Christmas 2019, and the last place I wanted to go was the local Mall and face the crowds of people returning unwanted gifts. Yet here in a crowded suburban mall, it was I who received an unexpected gift…one wrapped in tears of grace. Even as I type this, my emotions … Continue reading Tears of Grace
I just had an epiphany about Epiphany. The annual Christian Feast day of Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, will be celebrated this year on Monday, January 6, 2020. This day marks the official end of the twelve days of Christmas and celebrates the journey of the Wise Men who followed yonder star and … Continue reading Wise Men Tell No Lies
It is a marital truth known by all women and romantically challenged men that a husband who gives a toaster/electric can opener/pool table/vacuum cleaner to his wife as a Christmas gift should first be sure he is ok being relegated to sleep on the living room couch that night. So you can imagine my shock … Continue reading I Gave My Wife a Vacuum Cleaner for Christmas…and Lived to Tell About It.