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  • My misadventures in gardening continued this growing season. Last year I optimistically planted a garden because I just knew that horticultural aptitude flowed through my veins. I was wrong. Within short order Garden 2015 began to wither, decay and explode. To this day I have not the foggiest notion of where I went wrong.

  • In my “other” life I am a real estate broker in North Alabama. I consider it an honor that I am entrusted by others to help with one of the most important personal and financial decisions in their lives.

  • This past week I got an email from someone who has emailed me before, always with thoughtful, thought-provoking comments.
    In this one he wrote, “Permit me to posit the following: Why not consider the word ‘Christian’ more as an adjective than a noun? That is, ‘I try to live a Christian life’ rather than tagging oneself with a label that could suggest a holier than thou attitude….”

  • October 16, 1986 (30 years ago)
    The Kentucky State Police have issued a warning that a rapist, responsible for the rape of a Trimble County woman Sept. 23, is on the loose. According to KSP Lieutenant Dan Davidson, police are confident they can bring the case to a successful conclusion. However, police are cautioning local women that the rapist is still on the loose and that in the meantime, every precaution should be taken.

  • Halloween is just around the corner. Kids are planning their costumes; mine frequently decided on something which was impossible to find or required sewing. I don’t do sewing. Trust me, it’s not a good idea. Parties are in the works, and decorations are under construction.

  • Many Baby Boomers are having the “discussion”:  How are we going to take care of each other in our “golden years,” “active years,” “evening of life years”—any euphemism you can use is fine; it all means the same thing. We are getting OLD.

  • I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I was.
    A few weeks ago, my pastor spoke on a controversial topic, racism, and did an absolutely amazing job, balancing truth and grace.
    That’s not what surprised me.
    What surprised me was learning that he was attacked for it, the target of mean-spirited vitriol, face to face encounters and emails.
    People love grace, but truth? Not so much.

  • October 2, 1986 (30 years ago)
    A car collided into the rear of a school bus last Friday at about 3:40 pm on US Hwy 42, two miles east of Bedford. The bus, which was being driven by Gladys Penick, was stopped when a car driven by Jonathan Parson, 16, Bedford, which was traveling east, skidded about 87 feet, turning completely around and collided into the rear of the bus.

  • I’m not so sure that our possum Punchy was actually a boy. We’ve recently encountered a younger marsupial in our trash cans and our cat’s supper dishes. I’ve yet to introduce myself formally although I did have a recent close encounter.

  • My wife and I have been married over 38 years, we built a house in 1986 and the best feature, in my mind, is the five toilets. The house is not that big, I just have a “thing” about bathrooms. When I was a child we lived in a house that had three bedrooms and a “path.” A decent distance from the back door and “downwind” was a two-holer outhouse equipped with a library and wasp spray. Thinking about it now, I don’t know why in the South, in the summer, anyone would want to “share” their bathroom experience; I think I can wait.

  • Last year we became quasi-temporary guardians of our youngest daughter’s two cats, Mohawk and Target.
    I say quasi-temporary because the daughter has since moved out after staying with us for a year, but the cats are still with us.
    Once our daughter left, we decided to move the cats’ litter box from the guest bathroom to the now-empty spare bedroom.
    To us humans, that’s a simple change, but not to the cats.

  • Sept. 25, 1986 (30 years ago)
    A Carroll County couple, John Henry and his wife Brenda were injured in a hayride accident at about 9pm Sunday.  The two were part of a reunion who had gone on a hayride which was traveling on Hwy. 316, Providence Hill at the time of the accident.  Henry apparently was falling off the wagon and his wife attempted to catch him, resulting in both getting injured.

  • I have a Facebook friend in Colorado, another Christian writer I’ve met with a number of times over the years at various Christian publishing events.
    For the past few years she’s been writing about her oldest son, Zach, who is a drug addict.
    He’s had periods of being clean, but they haven’t lasted. Last summer he nearly died from a drug overdose -- his third overdose in less than a year -- and spent several days in ICU on a respirator, suffering seizures.

  • All this uproar over government eaves dropping, hacked email accounts and “big data” collection has reminded me of my childhood. Aunt Geraldine was doing “big data” hacking back in the 1950s, she tipped the scales at 300 and it was called the party line. No need to get upset, as the Good Book says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” All I ask, if the government is eaves dropping on us, at least give everyone a chance to listen in and get in on the party…..line that is!

  • Sept. 25, 1986 (30 years ago)
    An extremely tired elderly man was happy to see rescuers Sunday night after he strayed from the Trimble Nursing Center and became lost. About 28 members of the Trimble County Rescue Squad, Milton Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department, both EMS units and several civilians responded to the call at the nursing home when the staff discovered that a resident, Wyatt Powell, was missing at about 8 p.m. Sunday. Powell was found at 9 p.m. about ¾ mile behind the nursing home, near a cornfield on an old logging road.