I’m too old for VBS

I’m too old for VBS

I remember the first year that I was too old to attend Vacation Bible School.  For me, VBS was a welcomed activity that provided fun games, social connections, and learning opportunities.  Unlike school, VBS was pressure-free, with no grades, although the...
The day the wire went POP

The day the wire went POP

It was a normal day.  The skies were blue, a passing white fluffy cloud floated quietly overhead from time to time.  The warm spring wind gave an indication that summer was not far away.  It was the kind of spring day that encourage long walks across the pastures, a...
Cornstalk Fire

Cornstalk Fire

Sometimes lessons learned from others are more about what they don’t say than what they say.  For instance, when I was ten, my grandfather, Tommie Smith, taught me a valuable lesson with well-chosen words.  It all started when he cut the cornstalks in the field after...
Handmade Soap and a Sharp Knife

Handmade Soap and a Sharp Knife

Elmer and Zen Hall lived in a white frame house where Johnny Harrell’s garage now sits.  Elmer and Zen, an elderly couple who were my neighbors when I was a young boy, were more like family than neighbors.  I came and went through their back door at will.  They...
Leon Sexton, the tennis coach

Leon Sexton, the tennis coach

Leon Sexton wasn’t at Big Johns Liquor Store, Bro. Porter wrecked his car, and God took the opportunity to transform my life.  Leon was a mid-30’s single man, with a drinking problem, a smoking problem, but a guy with a great heart.  Leon had tried to walk away from...
Be Careful Driving

Be Careful Driving

It was like any other Thursday.  Except, it was cold and snow was in the forecast.  About noon, sure enough, snow began to fall with such intensity that visibility was lowered to a short distance.  It got bad quickly, so I decided to make a run to Lourdes Hospital to...
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