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The offer was too good to be true. A two-week, fully paid cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, complete with round trip airline tickets and cash for expenses. This bodacious gesture was made by an anonymous benefactor who had communicated through my wife. This unlikely generosity gripped my hear…

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
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We are packing for a trip. And if you’ re like me, you completely over pack and then wear the same pair of jeans the entirety of the vacation.

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In our small herd of crossbred cattle, we have a cow named Oreo. I say we. Actually, Oreo belongs to our granddaughter, Jane. When Jane was younger, and less busy, she named all the newborn calves. She was quite creative in her naming — Monster, Pluto, Venus, Mercury, Dozier, Coco, Meteor, R…

Monday, June 10, 2024
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Do you know that feeling of writing (or typing) a little notation on a calendar indicating that the date is reserved for an event? Not a doctor’s appointment, work meeting, or reminder to give the cat her monthly joint medicine. Nope. This is something you look forward to. From that day forw…

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The trip back to his old stomping grounds had been a long time in planning. There always seemed to be conflicts or higher priorities in his busy schedule. However, this would be the summer he makes the long trek across the country.

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The late columnist, writer, humorist and avowed southerner, Lewis Grizzard once said, “The nearest thing to heaven is a homegrown tomato.”

Friday, June 07, 2024
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The sacred text provides a brief explanation of God’s providential choice of installing the young shepherd David into leadership over the nation of Israel. In the final verses of Psalm 78, verses 70-72, the Bible says:

Monday, June 03, 2024
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I was in Talladega, Alabama this past weekend speaking for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. The occasion was the Alabama School for the Blind annual Alumni Association meeting. I was there because Patti Anne Chastain, daughter, and former office manager, of the late, Bryan Towns…

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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The photograph was riveting. The World War II amphibious assault vehicle was filled to capacity with young soldiers in route to Omaha Beach’s Green sector. The troops were the spearhead of a massive Allied invasion aimed at breaking Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. D-Day had arrived. It was time to e…

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I love my kids. To me, they are the most amazing human beings. Sure, they can be annoying at times, but overall, they are great. However, I’ve noticed something since they’ve reached adulthood. The worry doesn’t stop. Like ever. Potty training, benchmark tests, driving, dating, ACTs and SATs…

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My wife, Kathy, was laid to rest on Saturday, May 18. It only seemed right I deliver the eulogy at her funeral service. There were a few times over our 44 years of marriage, when we were involved in serious discussion; I would say, “Sometimes I don’t think I even know you.”

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My wife, Kathy, passed away this past week. We didn’t see it coming. Looking back, there may have been a few telltale signs something was wrong, but nothing remarkable. On Wednesday evening, May 8, she complained, “I have a headache, and I never have a headache.”

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
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I visited the old home place over the weekend. Located at the end of McCall Lane in the Watervale Community, it was originally part of the Burr Manning farm. Burr Manning willed the 67 acres to my paternal grandmother, Amy Manning. Eventually, my father purchased the farm from his mother, my…

Monday, May 13, 2024
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In this writer’s opinion, Winston Churchill was the greatest man of the last century. Known as the “British Bulldog” he was the epitome of determination and resoluteness.

Monday, May 06, 2024
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I visited the old home place over the weekend. Located at the end of McCall Lane in the Watervale Community, it was originally part of the Burr Manning farm. Burr Manning willed the 67 acres to my paternal grandmother, Amy Manning. Eventually, my father purchased the farm from his mother, my…

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It had become a family ritual. The Sunday afternoon drive throughout the county was carefully planned during the week and was always eagerly anticipated. The route was always different. Before Global Positioning Systems and websites, my parents were reliant upon a thick phonebook that contai…

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It had become a family ritual. The Sunday afternoon drive throughout the county was carefully planned during the week and was always eagerly anticipated. The route was always different. Before Global Positioning Systems and websites, my parents were reliant upon a thick phonebook that contai…

Monday, April 29, 2024
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The early morning summer sun radiated brightly across the countryside. Birds were heard in the distance singing melodic overtures. The ambiance of nature’s majesty filled your senses, awakening you to a new day of opportunity and happiness. On this picture-perfect day, the family had planned…

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It seems like it happens at least once a year. In the middle of grocery shopping, I find myself in the greeting card isle. On most “food store” trips, while passing this section I’ll do a quick mental check list of all birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, and graduations, to make sure I d…

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A few years back Kathy and I were in San Antonio, Texas where I was speaking at a conference. While there, it was recommended to us that we take in the Alamo Creek General Store and Café in Fredericksburg, Texas. Since Fredericksburg was only 50 miles north, we decided to drive up and have a…

Monday, April 22, 2024
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We all have our favorite flavors. Some people like pink and some like purple. A few even like yellow.