The Good Ol’ Boys

I love this photograph. The lady on the left, Mrs. Prescilla Dean Fordham, was my great great great grandmother. Seated beside her is her son Dennis, my great great grandfather. Of course, his three brothers seated to the right of him were my great great uncles. What I enjoy about this picture is that it… Read more »

Where Have I Been?

My last post here was March 22, 2010. Following this, it may be quite a while before I post again. I have dedicated the efforts of all my neurons to the work of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services.

Hold Hands When You Pray

It’s the sure repetition of small, beneficial acts in a marriage that creates value for the relationship. Significance is often discovered in the small things. Fortunately, because taking care of the small stuff in a marriage often requires the least effort while offering the greatest return, it makes sense to do the easy stuff. Remember… Read more »

Happily Married

September 5, 2009 I am a happily married man! I enjoy my wife and our life together. Today I made reservations for us to return to our honeymoon cabin in Arkansas next March for our 20th anniversary. I’m filled with joy over it. I have a photo which I took on our honeymoon. It sits… Read more »

Stones for Remembering

What do you think about God? Have you ever been afraid to follow a thought trail about God because you were worried about where it would go or concerned you might have a “dangerous” thought? Theological brain storms can move a lot of stale brain-air and refresh the cavities of one’s mind. But things move… Read more »

Batter my heart, three-person’d God

I “met” John Donne in high school and have been grateful since. Here’s my favorite of his Holy Sonnets. (Hint: Read it slowly about 50 times.) Holy Sonnets: Batter my heart, three-person’d God Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and… Read more »

The Mind You Save

The mind you save may be your own. Here’s more good news for coffee drinkers from our Finnish friends: Midlife coffee and tea drinking and the risk of late-life dementia Midlife coffee drinking can decrease the risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s disease (AD) later in life. This conclusion is made in a Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging… Read more »

When Does Wrong Become Wrong?

How really wrong is wrong? Recently, Madoff made off with as much as $50 billion in investor funds placed in his trust. It was a Ponzi scheme that began years ago. I wonder how small the first act of deceit was. Was it $10,000 or was it a million dollars? And is it more wrong… Read more »

Cast Iron Values

I’ve had my eye on a 9 quart, Lodge Dutch Oven for quite a while. I bought it today with Christmas gift money from my parents. And I got a great deal on it at our local hardware store. Because it’s cast iron and will last hundreds of years, it’s possible one of my great, great, great, etc., grand children will use it, too.

The Home of God is with Man

We all have moments which sparkle in our experience of life. These incredible events, impossible to forget, overwhelm us with sheer joy.

You pop the question and she says, “Yes!” You’re named Employee of the Year. Your dad says, “I love you,” and you know without doubt he means it.

Some Day I’ll Write a Book …

Some day I’ll write a book. It will begin like this:

When it was my chore as a child to clean the kitchen after supper I would set the biggest pots in the sink and fill them with soapy water. In my little hands they were unweildy and difficult to manage. I knew after my Mom heard me say the magic words, “these need to soak”, I could walk away and trust her to clean the big pots.

Finally! A Personal Blog!

Welcome. I’ve blogged for years, but never just for myself.  Now I will. You may or may not appreciate all you read here.  I know you may often disagree with me. That’s good. Occasionally, I want to write something that will not fit neatly into one of the other blogs I maintain.  I’ll put it… Read more »