Author: Buddy McElhannon

  • What Every Son Longs to Hear

    Watching 7-year-old boys play soccer is like watching a herd of cats chasing a ball of yarn. They are but a crowd of mini-humanity moving randomly across a grass field. It’s funny and frustrating all at the same time. Then around ten years of age, these young athletes-in-the-making begin to understand the game.  They learn to […]

  • Lessons on Marriage from the Devil

    Can we learn anything from Satan other than the consequences of excessive pride? I think so. Consider these fundamentals: So, knowing that Satan hates humanity and marriage, are there insights we can learn about marriage by studying what the Devil despises? In a recent article at, titled Exorcist says there are 3 ways Satan likes […]

  • Heavenly Dining in Small-Town America

    One of the most enjoyable experiences one can have is driving through a small-town community, stopping at some out-of-the-way restaurant, and discovering a culinary treasure.  You know the place, a local non-chain eatery that, at first glance, may cause you to hesitate to go inside, only to be blindsided by the sheer mouth-watering deliciousness of […]

  • Must Love Dogs?

    I had an epiphany this week. Every woman I have married came with a dog. Dating these women didn’t come with a “Must Love Dogs” conditional statement, but the implication was clear enough — you marry me, you get the dog too. They saw it as a bonus. I just smiled and considered it a […]

  • Defining Success

    Rummaging through the attic this week, I found some old high school trophies. Half a century ago, these treasured testaments sat proudly on a shelf displaying my teenage achievements.  “MVP,” “Most Likely to…,” “Best All-Around..”  Well, you get the idea.  Yet, today, these long-forgotten, bygone memories are rusting and collecting dust in a box that […]

  • Success Sickness

    Growing old is, what can I say, an adventure? Arthritis is like a non-stop robocall that keeps ringing at all times of the day or night. Then there are those senior moments when I forget why I walked upstairs.  Now entering my eighth decade of life, I have to live with the fact I am […]

  • The Case for Gentleness

    When I hear the word gentle or gentleness, the first thing that comes to mind are the words we used to encourage our eight-year-old son holding his newborn sister for the first time. “Be gentle.” Or the words we encourage a child petting a dog — “Be gentle.” The problem with gentleness is that it […]

  • The Stenographer

    The widow had to wonder as all who grieve do — Why? Why now?  Gertrude had only been married seven years before her husband died unexpectedly after surgery for appendicitis. Their daughter had only recently turned four years of age. No doubt, she asked herself, and her God, “What do I do now?” She had […]

  • Summer Daze and Asphalt Waves

    It’s summer in Georgia, where saunas are free.  All you have to do is step outside to learn the true definition of “sweltering.” Yes, you know it’s summertime in the Southland when the heat, humidity, and mosquitos rise to unbearable levels. Thank God for Willis Carrier! (Inventor of the first electrical air conditioner in 1902.)  […]

  • Celebrating Freedom

    Celebrating Freedom

    I approach this July 4th with what can be best described as mixed emotions. Most certainly, I want to celebrate the birth of our great Republic.  Oh, how youthful memories flow of those 4ths of  July spent at baseball tournaments or family reunions at my grandmother’s.  As a young adult, many an Independence Day meant a trek to my […]