Give me simple truth

I know this statement may earn me my official "old geezer" card, but I'm going to say it anyway: The plots on many TV dramas these days are just too complicated. So many confusing backstories are hau ...

Standing through the storm

It was not a good time for scrawny trees and dead branches. Beginning on Valentine's Day, we had a run of weather that separated the proverbial men from the boys in the tree world around here.Str ...

Heaven: Better than we think

Some dear friends of ours live in a very charming 150-year-old farmhouse just down the road from us. I love the historical feel of the place, and the way my artistically gifted friend decorated i ...

Remaining wonder-full

Maybe I better promise again, as I have before, that I will not use this precious space to always and only talk about my grandchildren. Cross my heart.I realize I'm perilously close to becoming one of ...

God has a BIG lap

"Well, I have a verrrry BIG lap," I replied to my 5-year-old granddaughter when she asked how I was going to hold all four of my grandchildren at the same time.I had just told Edda how excited I was t ...

Change is comin'

Ican tell you with absolute certainty what's going to happen in 2015.  And unlike Madam Ripoff, who will pretend to analyze your palm wrinkles if you lay down enough cash, I'll tell you for free. ...

Message of Christmas is everywhere

In every elementary school class, it seems there's at least one girl who is a horse fanatic. In my class, it was Sue. She didn't actually own a horse, but Sue's bedroom was jam-packed with horse stuff ...

God loves those atheists

Idon't have enough energy or money to waste any of it trying to convince other people not to believe in things I don't think exist. Unicorns, leprechauns, Bigfoot, whatever. That's why it's hard for m ...

Happy ThanksLIVING

When your kids grow up, leave home and invite you over for Thanksgiving, it's a mixed blessing.  It's a whole lot easier, for sure, but I do miss having leftovers to munch on for days and days ? ...

When winning feels like losing

Ihate it when winning feels like losing. That was my experience a couple of weeks ago when my Auburn Tigers beat the University of Mississippi in a hugely-hyped football battle between two highly-rank ...

Just one thing

Is there any activity in your life you've spent 10,000 hours practicing? I ask because I was watching a tennis match on TV recently and one of the commentators said experts determined it takes 10,000 ...

Devour (God's Word) or be devoured

Afriend of mine told me her elderly mother-in-law liked to read signs as she traveled down streets and roads. Not just a few signs. Every single one. "Grace Street... For Sale By Owner... Speed L ...

Don't let things slip away

The serious goings-on in our tumultuous world supply more than enough fodder for real newspaper columnists to discuss. But who, besides me, is going to address the news item I read the other ...

Being driven can be good

When anyone asks me what we grow on our farm, it feels rather wimpy to answer, ?Well, we have a little vegetable garden.?  We moved to the hinterlands more than two years ago, but we don?t have t ...