February 26, 2015

     As I entered the city limits, I was bombarded with the signs from the many restaurants. From fast food to glamorous high-class eateries, the choices were limitless. There was only one problem: I was overweight and in dire need of shedding the excess pounds....

December 19, 2014

     My heart broke when I read the obituary. A young woman had tragically lost her life. I felt I needed to do something for her family, but was not sure what to do. What would I say? I have lost family members to death, but nothing compares to the loss of a child. I...

November 26, 2014

     It was a sunny winter day, the kind of day that usually puts a smile on my face, but nothing could bring me out of the doldrums. Lately that was the norm for me. I wasn’t sleeping soundly at night, and I was so fatigued that each day it was a struggle just to get...

October 29, 2014

     On the wall of my guest room there is a picture taken around 1925 of a little boy in a blue outfit sporting a mischievous grin. He is my mother’s baby brother, James Oscar Pike, who died of meningitis shortly after this picture was taken and not long before his se...

October 2, 2014

     The bumper sticker on the car in front of me brought a smile to my face, “I brake for garage sales,” it read. Whether you call them garage sales, yard sales, tag sales or estate sales, they basically are all the same: Someone has something they no longer want or n...

September 2, 2014

     It is very hard to lose a parent, but to lose one near a holiday is doubly hard. Losing my mother five days before Mother’s Day, 2003 could have been devastating for me, except for what happened right after her death.

     My mother had been in declining...

August 2, 2014

     My friend, Tammie, is one of the most giving individuals that I know. Three years ago, she heard about an elderly gentleman that needed too much care to live alone, but didn’t want to go into assisted living. He was the friend of a friend, and Tammie felt that att...

July 2, 2014

     The year was 1969, and I had just purchased my first car. It was a 1964 Ford Custom. It wasn’t anything to brag about, but it was mine. That car represented freedom—the freedom to go and come as I pleased, and the opportunity to pursue higher education. To do that...

June 2, 2014

     The chilly rain from the previous day had given way to warm sunshine, and those of us on the Wintergreen Church Woman’s Auxiliary spring trip to the mountains of North Carolina were in a festive mood. We had arrived the day before on our church bus, and had spent...

May 2, 2014

     “You should ask God’s guidance in everything you do, even choosing the clothes you wear every day.” What a strange thing to pray about, I thought, as the minister continued with his sermon. After all, God has any number of catastrophes that need His attention on a...

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