Weekly Column

Taking a Sick Day

“Mama,” I heard the soft voice of my oldest. “Mama, wake up. Daniel’s puking and crying.” I slowly opened my eyes and saw the blurry 2 at the beginning of the time on the digital clock. I hurried to the other end of the house where my youngest sat, covered in what was left of […]

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Hacked Off Hornets

“I’m not messing with that bush,” my friend warned as I walked her direction, “I bumped it and flying insects came out of there. I don’t want to get stung.” I walked closer and watched the assorted wasps, bees, and hornets diving in and out of the branches. With flowers in full bloom, these stinging […]

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Check Your Bait

“I caught a snake!” my mom yelled as she quickly left the pole with my husband and darted to the other end of the pier. Of course, all of us ran over to see what she had actually caught. My husband held it up for a picture. “It’s an eel. Come back over here.” But […]

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Letting Them Drown

My fingers dug into the silty soil. Desperate, my eyes darted in every direction, hoping to see through the murky water. Out of air I resurfaced and dove again. It had only been minutes, surely there was time. My hand slid outward and I felt it. A leg. I gripped his calf and pulled him […]

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Skunked

“Daddy! Frank and Yella Dog caught something black. Hurry. Get out here, quick!” my oldest excitedly instructed. Next thing I know I hear David out there yelling, “Get back inside Carter and Daniel. Now! Frank, drop it! No Frank! Boys, get inside now! Frank, off!” Then the smell permeated my sinuses and completely consumed the […]

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Watching Papa Die

(Update: Papa passed away the day after I wrote this and we had his funeral this past Thursday.) Some things are always supposed to be. Open invitations to stop by, play cards, and eat supper. Fishing trips on the Little River in Papa’s john boat. Homemade ice cream churning on the freezer under the carport. […]

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When Leaders Fall

Rarely do I write about politics or news events, but this week, my heart is burdened over the recent investigation into the life of a well-known Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias. For decades, he has been a defender of the faith, a person other pastors and teachers looked to and emulated. He helped spread the gospel […]

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Hug Them Twice

What a tragic loss our community has suffered this weekend. My heart is heavy, and it aches for all involved and connected. Every time we lose a younger person I wonder why. Why now? Why these circumstances?      Why so young? I don’t know the answer to any of these whys. As I have read […]

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Losing Our Hair

“Did we catch him last night?” “Nope, but the little guy has to have a bald backside by now,” David picked up the glue trap and showed me the tiny butt-print. “This is night number two of him leaving this much hair and somehow escaping the glue trap.” After the last rat fiasco, we thought […]

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