My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)”

A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near”

What is too Important to Forget About Memorial Day (COVID-19 Edition)

I was pondering this afternoon what Memorial Day means to me. For a lot of folks, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are essentially indiscernible…even redundant.  But Memorial Day is not just about service, it is about ultimate sacrifice; remembering those who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. In a time when Americans areContinue reading “What is too Important to Forget About Memorial Day (COVID-19 Edition)”

Ten Pre-Thanksgiving Hacks (2019 Edition)

  1) Make everyone stay at the table for a full hour.  Set a timer.  No one leaves. No one.  And not a bit of dessert or a sip of coffee for forty-five minutes. 2) No phones at the table. None. If you look at your phone, it goes in the turkey carcass with theContinue reading “Ten Pre-Thanksgiving Hacks (2019 Edition)”

They Can’t Ruin Thanksgiving (so they skip it)

Despite their best attempts, Thanksgiving is the one holiday the American retail industry has not been able to completely ruin.  If you don’t farm turkeys or grow cranberries, there is just not enough money to be made off of it.  That is why they skip it and jump from Halloween to Christmas.  They can’t ruinContinue reading “They Can’t Ruin Thanksgiving (so they skip it)”