One Suit and Two Saturdays and Many Memories

One Suit and Two Saturdays and Many Memories

A black suit and a black tie. A white shirt and black shoes. Formal attire warn on two Saturdays, one week apart, and for very different reasons. Saturday, June 20, I led a wedding in Franklin Springs, GA, outside on a very hot morning. We celebrated the uniting of a...
interrupted

interrupted

From the book “embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living.”  i despise being interrupted. when speaking my portion of a conversation; an interruption, though well-intended, becomes a thief breaking in and robbing my mind. when interrupted, i feel lost at sea. my...
Saying Goodbye to a Great Friend

Saying Goodbye to a Great Friend

Many years ago Tracy Reynolds talked to me with kindness when I spoke at Emmanuel College as a guest. I appreciated his words of encouragement. The other times I traveled from Orlando to speak, he was always like a friend to me. When I moved from Florida to stay, he...
Reflections on Life and Death and Aging

Reflections on Life and Death and Aging

Our oldest grandchild just had his tenth birthday. Our youngest grandchild is now one. Our oldest son is almost 35. Our youngest son is now 30. Our middle son and his family finally arrived in the country; we will see them soon. The years and the decades have traveled...
planting seeds

planting seeds

a portion of the poem “planting seeds” from the book “embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living.”  snoring in the dark night.glancing toward the groundwith hopes of a harvest.feeling the sun’s heat.shivering on cold nights.but waiting, after planting,was his...
Thoughts on Baseball, Breakfast, Millie, and Senegal

Thoughts on Baseball, Breakfast, Millie, and Senegal

Most of my poems result from reflections on real life experiences. Thoughts and feelings, questions and prayers, hopes and hurts all swim together in the river of reality. So I write. Instead of holding those issues inside, I write. Poetry and prose, I write. Some of...
From Graduation to Race by Stephanie Hardy

From Graduation to Race by Stephanie Hardy

Volleyball was over. My last semester would be filled with people and memories. The beautiful culmination also meant the end. Excited, expectant, yet nervous, I embarked. My once distant future was near. This was my first time without a sport in my life. This I could...
in this place of now

in this place of now

From the book: embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living.                       in this place of now in athens,the town i’ve visitedfor bookstores and ball gamesand meals and movies,i sat and walked andstood and...
Thoughts on Graduation by Tracy Reynolds

Thoughts on Graduation by Tracy Reynolds

(Tracy Reynolds is my boss and a dear friend. Here are comments he emailed our graduates at Emmanuel College. His remarks were also included on social media. As I continue thinking about graduation during this season of uncertainty, I wanted Pastor Tracy’s voice to be...
DaddyO and Pops

DaddyO and Pops

Our minds often provide photo albums. My mind is doing that today. Last year, on this day, we were seeing DaddyO—my father-in-law Stan Oliver, Sr.—in the hospital and very sick. After a surprising stroke, he spent five days there before he entered his new home. We...