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What’s in Your Attic?

With my sister and her husband moving to Iowa (from TN) later this month, they both knew at least one thing had to be done before they left town: an attic clean-out. What made this task oddly attractive was that their house used to be my parents’ home; it was where she—and I and our […]

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This is My Church

This past Sunday First Family Church celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It was a humbling, amazing day! And while I intend to say more about it in the near future, I want to use a different anniversary story to highlight what I think should be everyone’s anniversary story. It’s the story of my niece (from my […]

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An Old Song, Good Friends, and Sweet Memories

Allow me a moment to reminisce, okay? I ran across an old cassette tape the other day while rummaging through some boxes, and it turned out to be 10 “lost” songs from the acapella high school quartet in which I sing back in the early 80’s. What a jolt to hear those! I remember well singing […]

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Looking Back

A thoughtful look backward can lead to a fruitful look forward. That’s exactly what happened Tuesday as our family visited the origins of the Stiles family – Blue Ridge, GA. We visited homesteads and cemeteries, looked at pictures and tombstones, and heard stories and memories that sounded like legends and tales. What a great day! […]

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The Genius of a Simple Kid

I think kids should write the IRS Tax Code. And I think they should oversee political debates, as well as approve all assembly instructions and troubleshooting manuals for products, appliances, and technical devices. Why? Because nobody can say it as simple as a child. In fact, I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve […]

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