Month: December 2014

  • Forgiveness: The Path to a Better World

    Forgiveness: The Path to a Better World

    Editor's Note: The following prayer was given to me by a World War II POW I had the honor of interviewing many years ago. He spent two years in the German POW camps. Of the 27,000 Americans taken prisoner by the Japanese, a shocking 40 percent died[..]
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  • The Promise of God

    The Promise of God

    [caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="644"] Mama, Daddy. Jim. Clinch Mountain. June 28, 1953.[/caption]   I woke to the beat of rain pouring down, and the far off sound of an unhappy and likely very wet dog barking. The last Christmas I woke to rain was at[..]
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  • Succotash: The Family’s Favorite Holiday Dish

    Succotash: The Family’s Favorite Holiday Dish

        Being a mother-in-law has been one of the hardest roles I've ever stepped into. There aren't a lot of resources out there to draw from, other than observation. My own mother was a terrific mother-in-law. She loved on all our spouses and cared[..]
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  • Less than Angelic

    Less than Angelic

    Daughter Ashley told me that during church service last Sunday the pastor asked for all the members of the congregation who were facing their first Christmas without a loved one to please stand. My mother would have probably hated that. She never liked anything that drew[..]
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  • Shame has a purpose

    Shame has a purpose

      Shame lost favor with the American public at about the same time Reality TV found its footing. Perhaps there is a correlation between the two? I'm not sure but I want to give a holler out to my fellow South Korean brothers and sisters[..]
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  • Glistening Eyes of the Season

    Glistening Eyes of the Season

      "And when we heard that baby cry, there was such joy in that delivery room. Everyone was crying. He was the most prayed for baby." The woman sitting in the wing-back chair was leaning forward and telling me that story of her grandson's birth.[..]
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  • Itty Bits of Almost Nothing

    Itty Bits of Almost Nothing

      Kentucky women aren’t supposed to be barren. It goes against every stereotype, every myth ever propagated. Sylvie Garcia reasoned she had to be some kind of genetic throwback to not be able to get pregnant in Kentucky.   Do you read short stories? I've[..]
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  • God Isn’t on Our Side

    God Isn’t on Our Side

        Four teens surrounded a vehicle in St. Louis  early Sunday morning armed with hammers. When the driver, a Bosnian fellow by the name of Zemir Begic, got out of his car, the teens allegedly pounced on him and beat him to death. Police say[..]
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