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 Recently, the weather throughout the Mid-South has been, shall we say, a bit harsh. Our neighbors to the west and north were devastated by tornadoes a few weeks ago. As a native of Western … more
 If someone wants to visit a location today, all they have to do is get an address, and, in a few seconds the GPS on their phone will give them the shortest route, traffic, turn-by-turn … more
 First impressions are everything. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. People will make a decision whether they like someone or not in the first few minutes of … more
We made it! We lived through another year. 2020 was a year like no other in my memory. Looking forward to 2021, most of us believed it would be much better, and better it was in some ways for some … more
 We’ve all heard it said that time waits for no one, and I think it becomes more evidently clear every year at this time. One year winds down and comes to an end, while a new year fires up … more
 One generation always seems to look at the other through corrective lenses. The lens identifies differences and separations. Life is like an ever-flowing river - one person sets out down the … more
“It was a dark and stormy night...” Well, not really. It was clear, not at all stormy, but it was very dark. Pitch black. Almost as dark as a cave, where you can’t see your hand … more
ACTS 8:1-8 And at that time there was a great PERSECUTION against the CHURCH which was at Jerusalem, and they (the church-CHRISTIANS) were scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and … more
“Did I tell you what Lawrence is doing at church now?” My daughter, Stephanie, offered the question as we chatted by phone. Lawrence is her 13-year-old son and our precious grandson … more
Thanksgiving Day is over, but there is still so much for which to be thankful. For example, the weekend before Thanksgiving Day. Sammie and I, along with their other grandparents and Aunt Stacia, … more
 It’s officially Christmas season. We have shifted our thinking from turkey and dressing to gifts, trees, Santa and eggnog. Now we just have to find a place to fit Jesus in. After all it … more
We’ve been talking about voting rights the last couple of weeks and have mostly focused on how class and race determined which men could vote. Now we’ll turn our attention to the other … more
Every blessing has a cost attached to it, and that cost for the Pilgrims in 1620 was immense. 102 of them set sail for a new world only to have their numbers reduced by almost half the first winter. … more
Two or three mornings every week, Sammie and I fix coffee, load our four-year-old boxer, Sophie, in the car and head to G & G Country Store, where we pick up a couple of tenderloin biscuits. … more
 Our nation is planning yet another annual celebration again this year that we fondly call Thanksgiving. In case you didn’t know, it is a national holiday and is held every year on the … more
 In the book of Mark, a story is recorded in chapter 5 about a daughter of the king. The problem was she didn’t exactly know the king, she hadn’t met him yet, she was a nobody, and … more
 I think we have an identity crisis in our world today. I’m not talking about what pronoun is preferable, or bathroom preference, or even high school sports. Our identity is in crisis in … more
I hate having yard sales! I love having yard sales! From different points of view I can utter either of those statements and be telling the truth. It depends, totally, on which aspect of the … more
 You may not recognize the name, but Ben Talley’s column appears in the Sunday edition of the Bristol Herald Courier every week. Ben was an elementary school teacher on the Virginia side … more
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