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Clerics, Relics, & Relish

Clerics, Relics, & Relish

What’s the difference between clerics and relics? A little relish. When I was a teenager in Hanover County, Virginia, our church went through the transition of my pastor’s resignation.  Not…

Drunks, Three-Year-Old Semantics and De-volution

Drunks, Three-Year-Old Semantics and De-volution

I just had a conversation with an interesting guy. He is witty, intelligent and articulate. On the other hand he insists drinking alcohol is necessary at a party to “lubricate…

Cleaning Can be Scary

Cleaning Can be Scary

I can’t say that time off work during the holidays was completely enjoyable since time off also means no money. But I did manage to learn a few things having…

Balance of Power

Balance of Power

As every fifth grade graduate here in Stump County knows, this great country, the U S of A, was founded with a constitution and a “balance of power.” We have…

Pint Size Disturbers of the Peace

Pint Size Disturbers of the Peace

When and where the breakdown occurred we are not sure. But we are sure that something has happened to the rules of etiquette, not only in church, but in most…

2014! It’s a New Year

2014!  It’s a New Year

There is just something about beginning a new calendar year. It brings back memories for me of the start of a new school year. New binder, new spiral notebooks, pencils,…

Contemplation: The Temple Within

Contemplation: The Temple Within

Not long ago, at our Virginia Baptist state convention, I went to a breakout session that was led by members of the Epiphany Institute of Spirituality, a group of Baptists who…

Cosmic Fire Trucks, Getting up on the Wrong Side and An Over-Abundance of Averetts

Cosmic Fire Trucks, Getting up on the Wrong Side and An Over-Abundance of Averetts

One of my cousins posted a compliment on Facebook regarding a Rural Legends column several weeks ago. He said nice things. I’m not used to people saying nice things. He…

One-Word Resolution

One-Word Resolution

How many times have you heard the words “HAPPY NEW YEAR” during the past week? Well, those three words will be repeated often during the first couple of weeks in…

Harriet Nelson Strikes Again

Harriet Nelson Strikes Again

If you can’t believe Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, who can you believe? Retro TV carries old episodes of The Nelsons every Saturday and last weekend Ozzie was all upset because…