The Gift

We searched all throughout the area of the modular where the middle school and high school students meet. And while we must have searched for ten minutes, it seemed much longer. The mission was urgent to all of us because the young mother said, “My son wants to carry a Bible with him, just like…

Going With Gut Feelings

Decisions often have to be made at what often seems like the “speed of light,” during times when the right decision means everything. We need to go with our “gut feelings” sometimes – Often having to detect something intangible from an interaction. While we can’t always measure the intangible, the right decisions seem to reveal…

One Spark and Many Lights

My family and I attended a very special, yet non-traditional Christmas Eve service last night in a tent, at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church. The theme of the service was “Share the Warmth of Christmas,” since everyone who attended was encouraged to bring either canned goods for The Pantry and/or blankets and coats for the…

Quiet Service

My grandfather served in the 63rd. Infantry Division (Blood and Fire) during World War II. Their mission was to crush the Siegfried Line in Germany, after D-Day — and they did! He never talked about the war, as is the case of most of our veterans. While I don’t have any other pictures of my…

The True Value of a Connection

Each week it never fails that I’m followed by at least a couple of Twitter accounts promising to increase my Twitter followers, for a fee. Lately, I have also received similar follows from those promising to increase Google+ followers, and YouTube views. It seems that in the age of greater engagement, there are those who…

Wasted Efforts on a Bridge

On most nights that I take my daughter to her ballet class, I typically pass by several protesters standing on the interstate bridge with a variety of signs, as well as several American flags flying proudly. Many of them hold up signs saying things such as, “Impeach Obama.” And of course, cars are encouraged to…

Enlarging our Territories During Holy Week

Others have often given the advice to stay away a couple of “touchy topics,” which are nearly guaranteed to draw controversy, and serve as a turnoff to those around us – politics, and religion. Since my faith plays a role in who I am, and how I think, it is harder for me to stay…

Hands

I’ve given to Toys for Tots, as you have, for several years.  Sometimes at a party, while at other times gifts were placed in a collection bin. My wife and I often selected gifts in the past that mirrored the ages of our own kids, but as our son and daughter have gotten older we…

The Distasteful Lunch Idea

Recently Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA 1st. District), spoke to the Jackson County Republican Party, about the Federal School Lunch Program. In his remarks, Kingston proposed having student recipients of the school lunch program sweep the cafeteria floors, in exchange for receiving a free or reduced lunch. Presumably, his reasoning has to do with a 16…

When Schedules Collide

This past fall was extremely busy between baseball, ballet, work projects, and life itself! For the very first time, my family purchased a pumpkin and never got around to carving it! We brought it inside, and put it on the dining room table where it sat for a while. Thankfully, we were able to put…

Scars

It wasn’t until I grew older, and perhaps a little wiser, that I began to appreciate the beauty and importance of scars. Like many, I used to think that scars were to be hidden, and seldom talked about. What I have come to learn though the years, is that behind every scar there is at…

Like an Elephant in the Catskills

There have been times in my life when I felt just like an elephant in the Catskill Mountains. As you can imagine, it is very rare to find an elephant in the Catskill Mountains, unless you were to venture into the Catskill Game Farm. Unfortunately, I learned that the Catskill Game Farm closed in 2006,…