I have a confession to make. I am embarrassed to admit this. Not sure why I should feel so uncomfortable, but I do. After all, I am an adult and there is nothing illegal about it. But why did I allow myself to be talked into this? I should know better. But here I am … Continue reading A Prideful Confession
Soon after our wedding last year, I discovered an unexpected blessing from having married a woman who can sing. Patrice serves as one of the cantors who leads our church congregation in singing. She has perfect pitch and a musical range that few possess. Yes, I am not at all objective about this, but … Continue reading Love Lifted Me
My recent post about “Bubba and the Masters” and “Biscuits or Cornbread?” reminded me how blest I am to be from the South. “Southern by the grace of God” is not a cliche in my family. Having grown up in the land of peaches, peanuts, pecans, and pine trees…and yes, yellow pollen too, I have … Continue reading Living Southern – Blue Plate Wins
There are those among us who consider the reading of fiction to be a supreme waste of time, at best pure escapism. I am not among them. I will be the first to admit there is a lot of literature that deserves the dust it gathers. Yet reading fiction for me has never been … Continue reading My Digory Moment
James Harrison was 14 years old and could not help but wonder, “Why me?” He had just undergone an eleven-hour-long surgery to remove a lung. He required 13 units of blood to save his life and still had to spend the next three months in a hospital. Troublesome times for an Australian teenager in 1951. … Continue reading Power in the Blood
It was a rather somber Chicago crowd at the first game of the 1918 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox. Who could blame them? World War I was at its peak and their beloved Cubs were in the midst of being shutout by a Red Sox pitcher named Babe Ruth. Then … Continue reading Star Spangled Posture?
My eyes first beheld the Wall in July 1999 when my wife and I vacationed in Washington D.C. I remember it as if it was yesterday. While I have seen some amazing sights in my life, nothing has emotionally impacted me as those moments spent gazing upon a wall of names. As soon as I … Continue reading A Name on The Wall
A recent visit to the local Cracker Barrell Restaurant reminded me of a colossal culinary conundrum we Southerners occasionally face. Biscuits or cornbread? The question posed by the waitress was innocent enough, though she had no idea of the brain cell paralysis her request induced. Some folks struggle with similar but otherwise inconsequential questions. Scrambled … Continue reading Living Southern: Biscuits or Cornbread?
Friends, Two years ago, I shared via email, a Reflection I titled “Throne of a Mother’s Grace.” Now, with nine grandchildren and Mother’s Day 2018 approaching, I thought I’d honor all of you moms out there by posting an updated version on my new blog. Hope it sparks a few memories of your own. Enjoy, … Continue reading The Throne of A Mother’s Grace
Standing at the counter of a clothing store, I noticed the salesgirl wearing a sweater with the sales tag still hanging from its neckline. In what I hoped was a soft and discreet manner, I leaned forward to quietly point out the all too obvious embarrassment. She shrugged and said, “Oh, I know. I was … Continue reading Missing Minnie Pearl