It’s Not About The Destination

Like most folks, when I was growing up, my family took one big vacation in the summer and several smaller trips in the spring and fall. And, like most of you, our summer trips often involved the beach and the others the mountains in some form or fashion. I’m old enough that much of this occurred in […]

Coming Out

I have a deep, dark confession to make: I am…, a nerd. I realize this may come as a shock to most of you, but it’s true. I was born this way and I’m tired of living a lie. I am exactly the way God made me and I’m cool with that. You should be, […]

A Few Thought About Dying…, And Living

As is the family custom, I went to my mother’s for New Year’s. There was a little work to do around the place, but the real reason I went was for the black-eyed peas and collard greens; another family custom. Actually, it’s an old southern tradition that’s supposed to bring good luck and money throughout […]

In the Moment

Most people spend their days never having to confront their mortality, only to come to face to face with it in the twilight of their years. I am not one of those people. From the beginning of my career as a firefighter, each shift carried with it an awareness that I might not go home in […]

S-A-V-E-D

There’s an old gospel song that goes by that name. The first verse goes: “Some folks jump and down all night and d-a-n-c-e, while others go to church to show brand new h-a-t. And, on their face, the put great gobs of p-a-i-n-t and then, they’ll have the brass to say they’re s-a-v-e-d. Chorus: It’s g-l-o-r-y to know I’m that […]