We have two cats at our house. One is named Liberty. She is 16 years old. For half of her life she was an outdoor, feral cat. She was very anti-social. She mostly preyed on chipmunks, birds and squirrels. Occasionally she would go after young possums. She was quick as a wink and feasted on slow quarry. She ignored fast food.


Stuff happens. We know this is an axiom in life. But we can learn from stuff. Several times I have e-mailed this divine blurb off to the editor of the paper only to have it fail to arrive. I haven't been able to figure out what has been going wrong until this week. I have learned that a mental glitch on my part has caused me to send it to one of my favorite readers by mistake. I have accidentally sent several columns to Anna B. Renten. She seems not to be annoyed by this. In fact, she often sends me funny stuff.


One of the things that I worry about in contemporary life is that so much of it is lived at a distance. Some of it is lived at a distance from other people. Some is lived at a distance from God. Human beings who keep their distance from each other and from God are marked by a lack of genuine joy in life.

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:01

This Lent, let's rise to God's challenge

We are looking in the rearview mirror at and forward to lots of exciting things that capture our attention this time of year. The Super Bowl and Groundhog Day have passed, and soon we will be reveling in "March Madness." Now we begin Lent.

I had saved this hot topic until a cold day in January. Well, a cold day never came. It might not come in February, either, but I'm posting it anyhow. I thought it could be an antidote to both the frigid temperature and also the perennial after-the-holiday blues. This also comes shortly before our minds turn to tax time and most of us get even more depressed.

Friday, 03 February 2012 00:01

'Okra' at the Opry? Now you're singing!

Recently, a couple of my friends began sending by e-mail a "Daily Nugget." Each day they draw a short bit from the stuff I write and send it out free by e-mail to anyone who wishes to receive it. The nugget also invites readers to send comments on my nugget for the day. Last week's Nugget 143 was as follows:

Friday, 27 January 2012 00:01

Some lists that are worth keeping

Some things seem to last forever: wars and rumors of war; a bad penny; taxes; a boring sermon; a presidential campaign, just to name a few. However, not all things that last are negative. Jokes have an abiding survivability, too. A preacher pal reminded me of one of the most abiding adages we male hillbillies heard repeatedly during our youth: "The hardest things in the world to do are to climb over a fence leaning toward you, and to kiss a girl leaning away from you." Before long, from personal experience, we boys could attest to the truth of that.

Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:01

Bible verses work on crooks, not cops

Gerald Browning sent me this cute story. You may have heard it before but it bears passing on. It seems a woman had just returned home from an evening at church. She was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of looting her home of its valuables and yelled: "Stop! Acts 2:38!"

Thursday, 12 January 2012 19:01

Don't put Jesus back in the attic

Alright now, I see that slight trace of holiday giblet on your lower lip. The 12 days of Christmas have slipped on by and most of us have packed away our tinsel and holiday lights for another year.

Thursday, 05 January 2012 19:01

A new year, a new start for all of us

Happy New Year! I am glad that somewhere back in the dark recesses of history one of our ancestors woke up one morning and said, "What we need is some kind of device that helps us organize things and, better still, gives us a chance from time to time to start all over on things that need improvement."

Thursday, 29 December 2011 19:01

Believers or not, it's still a party

I am very aware that many of you loyal readers do not consider yourself to be religious. Some of you consider yourself to be spiritual but not religious in the traditional sense. Some are atheist, agnostic, skeptical or simply curious. But you are not cynical.