I’ve always been a fan of colorful light effects like creative Christmas displays or fireworks on Independence Day. With the latter, the loud boom can be distracting and somewhat scary – especially to a small child.
One 4th of July around ’81 or ’82, my parents packed me and my brother up in the family car, headed to the local high school parking lot. Mama passed around the sandwich bags full of Continue reading “Walking Down #Memory Lane on the 4th of July (Well almost…)”
Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women in the armed forces who have served our country and lost their lives defending it. Cemeteries are adorned with flags and flowers to not only celebrate these lives, but also honor them.
But for me, Memorial Day has additional meanings. One, it’s a day my family and friends come together to barbecue and fellowship. Sometimes this is the only quality time we have together. We talk about days of ole and catch up on the latest happenings in each others’ lives. It’s a joyous occasion.
Two, I’m reminded of the diligence of my great-aunt Dollie who made it her mission to
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Christmas is one of those holidays that brings love and good cheer. It’s also one that triggers memories from childhood or moments with loved ones. So I’m sharing a couple that crossed my mind this season. Enjoy!
Nativity in a One Light Town
In a small Virginia town, where the only traffic light’s hailed as a major fascination, one family dared to be different at Christmas. That family, led by a pastor and his wife, chose to share the true meaning of the holiday with everyone who passed their home.
Helping with this endeavor, the couple’s four-year-old placed straw in and around the manger for the plastic baby Jesus to rest while the ten-year-old wiggled Jesus’ synthetic parents into their hovering poses. The pastor secured the makeshift barn as his wife painted final touches on the wooden cutout animals. He’d string a row of colorful lights along the porch awning, replacing the center bulb with a clear blinking light to resemble the star in the east.
From the outside looking in, the scene held an air of family teamwork and bonding over the layout of the Nativity. Only those within, knew the sinister act that occurred Continue reading “#Christmas Nostalgia: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”
A Family is a Circle
Where we Learn to like ourselves
Where we Learn to make good decisions
Where we Learn to think before we do
Where we Learn integrity and respect for others Continue reading “#Family Values: Foundation for Living in a Changing #World”
Financial Woes * Illness or Pain * Loss of a Loved One * Bullying * Loneliness * Family or Relationship Issues * Holiday Depression * Veteran PTSD * Overwhelmed with Life.
These are just a few reasons that some choose to end their lives. They are our spouses, friends, neighbors, or even people who attend our church. Each encounter, they may appear no different from any other occasion.
But the fact is so many people are in an indescribable pain that those of us around them have no clue about. It’s after the time bomb goes off,
Continue reading “#Suicide Prevention: When Life Hurts Too Much”
Around this time of year, families come together for Thanksgiving. It’s the occasion of giving thanks for our blessings over a feast. We commemorate the occasion by watching parades and eating til our heart’s content while swapping stories and funny anecdotes across the dining room table. And after all the feasting, we either Continue reading “#Thanksgiving Dinner”