Holding Patterns

When private, commercial, and military planes are in flight and approaching their destinations; pilots sometimes encounter landing delays.  Causative factors can be air-traffic congestion, adverse weather, and/or unforeseen circumstances. When landing delays occur; air-traffic control will instruct pilots to circle, at a certain altitude, their planes over the airfields until clearance is given to land.  […]

In Harm’s Way

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way. On November 16, 1778, the above statement appeared in a letter from Captain John Paul Jones of the United States Navy to Monsieur Le Ray de Chaumont of France. Captain Jones had sent […]

Paving The Way With Clay

In 2007, there was a denominational shortage of United Methodist pastors in certain districts of the North Alabama Conference.  As a result, our home church and sister church were without a pastor. At that time, Donna and I had been active members of our home church for the majority of twenty-eight years.  She served as […]

The World Got In The Way

In Barcelona, Spain, graceful spires rise high above the city—marking the spot where construction of the La Sagrada Familia Basilica is well underway.  From Spanish to English, the translation of La Sagrada Familia Basilica is: The Holy Basilica Family Work is slowly nearing completion on this magnificent cathedral, which is already heralded as the most-popular tourist […]

Gift-Giving Faux Pas

Have you ever witnessed or experienced a gift-giving faux pas—an occasion when either giving or receiving a gift did not go well?  The worst gift I was given is when I got out of rehab that Christmas; a bottle of wine. It was delicious. — Craig Ferguson, Talk-Show Host ☑Gift-giving faux pas:  An inappropriate gift […]

Pecking Order

On Thursday, September 9, 2004, the residents of Alabama flocked around their televisions to watch NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and await the segment in which a homegrown celebrity was scheduled to make a highly-anticipated guest appearance.  Viewers were not disappointed when the little starlet, clad in grayish-white feathers, hopped onto Jay’s desk and wowed […]

Remnants

Donna and I have lived next door to our neighbor, Danielle, since moving into our present home in October 1984.  In a recent conversation with Donna, Danielle told of a pianist who was admitted to the same senior home at which Danielle’s mother, Mary Ruth, was a resident. Since childhood, the pianist had volunteered and […]