september 10, 2018

“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” ~ Tinybuddha     Over the last two days I’ve had several conversations concerning evangelical and mainline denominations of the Christian faith. So it was with those talks in mind that I found it oddly coincidental when, tonight, I came across this photo from the 2014 Sorghum Festival parade. It was near the end of the shoot and

march 30, 2018

“Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.” ~ William Hazlitt     We came back to the library after lunch to find a small congregation just outside the doors. One parishioner steadied the cross while another quietly recited some verse. They began to sing a familiar hymn

march 25, 2018

“Just because you can’t see the seeds that lie deep in the ground, it doesn’t mean they aren’t growing. Everything blooms in its own time.” ~ Unknown     I went with Stacy to Palm Sunday services at St. Raphael Episcopal Church. I’d been to St. Raphael only once before, just last year, and not for service, but to attend an artist reception for Lori-Lyn Hurley. I’d met interim priest

november 29, 2016

“There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers, and then there will be you proving them all wrong.” ~ Unknown     Last week a co-worker’s old high school classmate passed unexpectedly. He was about my age. I mentioned that I’d lost two or three classmates this year. It’s definitely three with today’s passing of Welma Trimble. It started with Leona Lewis in January, then Charlie Osborne in April,

october 27, 2016

“Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all.” ~ Unknown     I ran into Jeff Suchanek today. He’d seen yesterday’s post about the Sunken City, and told me he didn’t see the cross when we were there. I don’t know if the cross is symbolic of lost lives (maybe someone died during the disaster, I don’t know), or maybe someone just thought it was cool.

october 26, 2016

“All things considered, I am a most fortunate person, and I know it.” ~ Marcella Christensen     As we were making our way up the coast to Wayfarer’s Chapel we stopped in San Pedro near Point Fermin. The road came to a dead end at this bluff. There was a skate park to the left, and to the right, behind a tall steel-bar fence, was this cross. I looked

september 20, 2016

“Flawsome (adj): An individual who embraces their ‘flaws’ and knows they’re awesome regardless.” ~ Unknown     There is something moving about the cross, chalice, and communion table at Cane Ridge, especially when there is a communion about to take place. I never fully understood communion until I began to attend First Presbyterian. In the Pentecostal church where I grew up, I only remember communion being served once a year,

march 24, 2016

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.” ~ Wayne Dyer     It’s Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday in Scotland as I came to learn this evening. I didn’t know what Maundy Thursday meant until I went to First Presbyterian Church. Maundy is Latin for ‘commandment’. During the Last Supper (Maundy Thursday) with his disciples, Jesus said, “I give

december 30, 2015

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.” ~ Ralph Marston     We skipped the second church on the Cade’s Cove loop because there were too many people there. It was the Methodist Church, and judging from the windows outside, it was more ornate than the Primitive Baptist Church. However, we stopped at the third, and

december 29, 2015

“Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld     There are three churches in Cade’s Cove. The first you come to on the loop is the Old Primitive Baptist church. Naturally, I stopped. Inside the church was