Author: Buddy McElhannon

  • 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 […]

  • Good Golly Miss Dolly

    Good Golly Miss Dolly

    Recently, my family spent a week vacationing together in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. And when I say family, I mean FAMILY.  All my children, grandchildren, a brother, his wife and son, along with my wife and her grandson — a total of 23 related-by-DNA and marriage kind of people — shared a three-story, cliff-hanging, ten-bedroom cabin […]

  • The Warning Lights Are Growing Brighter

    A recent Facebook post aimed at the under-50 demographic prompted a smile and a chuckle for its innate wisdom.  “Y’all better enjoy your 20s, 30s, and 40s.  Because in your 50s, that check engine light is gonna come on.” How true! I might add you can also expect an unwelcome guest to show up — […]

  • Forgetting God

    Boris had lost hope. All hope. Unjustly imprisoned in a filthy prison camp far from home, he had all but given up. Life wasn’t worth living anymore. Having grown up in Stalinist Russia, Boris was a dedicated Communist. He was also a Jew. He had no love for the Czar and the Christian Orthodox believers […]

  • What is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?

    It may come as a surprise to 21st Century Americans that the original official motto of Harvard University, first adopted in 1692, was Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae, Latin for “Truth . . . for Christ and the Church.”  In the 17th and 18th centuries, Harvard students were encouraged to have a biblical worldview and embrace […]

  • The Rescue of Two

    The Rescue of Two

    “Two came in the screened porch, Poppy!” My four-year-old grandson had an urgent sound in his voice. It was mid-afternoon on a lovely Spring day when I sat down on my patio to enjoy a glass of iced tea after finishing some yard work. Confused, I replied with a simple, “Two?   “Yes, Poppy, Two […]