Aging and Old Dogs by Dr. Jim Lewis

Aging and Old Dogs by Dr. Jim Lewis

How do we age gracefully?  Perhaps we need to look at our pets to get the answer.  We own Abigail, a 14-year-old cocker spaniel pictured above.  Abigail has always been a trip whose adolescence caused us consternation.  As a young dog, she disdained pleasing us....
Three Chords and the Truth by John N. Avis

Three Chords and the Truth by John N. Avis

I first heard “three chords and the truth” in a song by U2 from their Rattle and Hum album (1988), as lead singer Bono added the phrase to Bob Dylan’s  “All Along the Watchtower” declaring, “All I got is a red guitar, three chords and the truth.” This line followed...
Religious Humor by Carmen Anderson

Religious Humor by Carmen Anderson

A rabbi, a Baptist pastor and a Muslim walk into a ………theater. No, not the start of a joke but certainly an invitation to an evening of humor! I recently attended the Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour that was held in the theater at the Crosstown Concourse. As soon as I...
Greetings and Salutations! by Theresa Jennings

Greetings and Salutations! by Theresa Jennings

How do you greet a family member, good friend, or fellow church member? Do you greet them  with a smile or hug? Often we in the south inquire either sincerely or by rote, “How are you doing?” (How ya doin?) or “Doing OK”? If you are sincerely...
Becoming the Solution by Catherine Denman

Becoming the Solution by Catherine Denman

When my daughter was born, I felt like my community was changing. We had been a part of an amazing Sunday School class filled with other young couples with young children, but three of the couples soon moved away and my husband took a position at a different church. I...
Elder Abuse by Dr. Jim Lewis

Elder Abuse by Dr. Jim Lewis

On July 1, my wife and I made an emergency trip to a small community in Arkansas to relocate my sister who had become a victim of elder abuse. The short story is that my sister required living assistance following the death of her husband three years ago. She suffered...

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