Bryant Grove Trail

  Grandson Elijah and I are hiking our way through the book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Nashville. Last Saturday we tacked Bryant Grove Trail, an 8-mile round trip hike along the shores of Percy Priest Lake in Long Hunter State Park. Elijah made it fine. He had so much energy he did wind […]

Hike 2: Couchville Lake Loop

  My grandson Elijah and I are hiking our way through Johnny Molloy’s book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Nashville. We skipped #2 — it’s a very long hike and better for the Springtime — and went on to #3 for last Saturday’s warm February day. It was the Couchville Lake Loop in Long […]

“And Wing My Words”

  When Katrina and I started our pastoral work at Harris Memorial Church in rural Greeneville, Tennessee, I badly wanted to teach as well as preach (still do). I recall going through Paul’s letters to Timothy and noting that the word “teach” occurred forty-four times while the word “preach” occurred four times; and I worked hard to develop some […]

My Earliest Christmas Memory

  One of my earliest memories involves Christmas Eve and Santa Claus. I can’t recall my age, perhaps five or so. We lived in the brick house my parents had built at the corner of Riverview and Central in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Santa was making his rounds that magical evening, so I was told, and would be […]