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“Oh, what a world! What a world! The sentiment was part of the death speech of The Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz”. We all might be prompted to echo her … more
As part of my exciting New Year’s Eve, I drove my mother around the square to look at the lights at night. If you didn’t make a similar trip during this past holiday season you missed an … more
Ever since 2008 I have had the privilege of serving as a United Methodist pastor. During my time of service the congregations and I worshipped together, and we praised the Lord together. We … more
2023 could be one of Shelbyville’s best years. Or it could turn out not so well. What we see by next New Year’s will depend on cooperation, ambition, and a forward-thinking … more
Well, here it is! The last Saturday of 2022. And it’s my last Musings and Memories column of the year. Hopefully, I will have a brand new column for the first Saturday of 2023. Oh, … more
The other day a well-meaning person asked me if I was looking forward to the end of 2022. Two deaths, one my father and the other my girlfriend of 25 years. Three surgeries of my own, including … more
According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, 94% of incarcerated people in Tennessee will be released in three years. Lt. Chris Cook, programs director at the Bedford County Jail, asked a … more
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas weekend! As I look at my live Christmas tree…well at least it was alive at one time… I have made a major decision. I am switching to an … more
On this Christmas weekend, I want to share the true Christmas Story with you from the Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John. This, of course, is The Greatest Story Ever Told. Luke 2:4-20: 4 And … more
In the rough mountainous regions of the Western United States, there’s a tree known as the Bristlecone Pine. These pine trees’ Latin name is Pinus longaeva, or ‘long-lived … more
I never thought I would say I was ashamed of being part of the media, but I am. I have been paid to write for public consumption since I was 17 years old. I have always enjoyed the field I … more
I want to invite you to join me on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. for a Candlelight Communion Service at Cannon Methodist Church. We will rejoice together as we celebrate the Birth of Christ through … more
She didn’t have to die. The death of actress Kirstie Alley is a tragedy. What is even more tragic is she died from colon cancer.   Colon cancer can be contained and cured if caught … more
Several years back, I walked in the front door as I returned home one evening, and I told my three granddaughters and their friend that there was a full moon that night. They all ran out onto the … more
It seems like everyone wants to be a part of Nashville.   As a baseball fan, I am hopeful Major League Baseball will make speculation a reality and name Nashville as one of two new venues … more
I pray that every day is a day of thanksgiving for you. We all have so much to be thankful for. There is a wonderful story that really touched my heart the first time I read it, and I like to … more
Pardon me while I put my Scrooge hat on for a few paragraphs.   It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. No. Wait. It is beginning to look a lot like a perfect Christmas. … more
While looking through my archives at some older columns, I came across one that was written and printed in the Times-Gazette before Thanksgiving of 2012. I had forgotten about the events I told in … more
I hate the phrase “new normal” but that is what my mother and I are adjusting to after the death of my father last week.   A lot goes through your mind in the days after the … more
Inside the front cover of most of my Bibles I have written this phrase: God Speaks, I Need To Listen! Baptized as an infant…raised in church…raised in a Christian … more
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