23 November 2021

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Counting blessings, giving thanks

Counting blessings, giving thanks


There are two traditions in Christianity that vie for our allegiance. Augustine, out of his profligate life experience, came to believe that the wh...
17 November 2021

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One shining moment

One shining moment


Our youngest grandson went to the elementary school tryouts and made the third-grade boys’ basketball team. Last night, the little Wildcats had thei...
10 November 2021

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People watching

People watching


In his poem “The Room,” Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Dunn identified four categories of people: “If there’s a crowd, one person / is certain ...
03 November 2021

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A life well lived

A life well lived


One of the most unforgettable characters I ever met was John Lawrence Hendrickson. He died last week at 89, full of decades of curiosity, adventure...
20 October 2021

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Knowing when it’s time

Knowing when it’s time


As I was doing my brisk mile walk this morning around the oval at the YMCA (11 laps equal one mile), I passed a man three times who was wearing a shir...
13 October 2021

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All that glitters

All that glitters


Sean Dietrich is a columnist who lives in the Florida Panhandle. Under the moniker “Sean of the South,” he writes about life down South. One re...
06 October 2021

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More than a list

More than a list


“A ‘cat list’ is like a bucket list except, that instead of being a list of all those things you want to do before you die, it is a list of all ...
29 September 2021

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We shall see

We shall see


Have you ever heard of a felix culpa? The two Latin words literally translate “a happy failure.” The term is used to refer to an unpleasant or unf...
22 September 2021

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On the mend

On the mend


Cartoonist and author Mimi Pond asked, quoting a line from the hit 1966 song by Jimmy Ruffin, “What becomes of the broken-hearted?” Pond’s an...
15 September 2021

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Traits and values

Traits and values


Back in the 1950s, at the Caney Fork River Boy Scout camp in middle Tennessee, I learned four basic swimming strokes: breast, side, back and freestyle...