Watermelon Carnival Tradition

The Watermelon Carnival in Water Valley, Mississippi is the last major activity of the summer before school starts and one that my daughter Haley and I traditionally go to every year. It is one of my favorite mother daughter days that we have. This year we were headed straight for the petting zoo because it has always been her favorite …

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Is There Life After Forty?

How can I possibly be in my forties? I remember my father’s fortieth birthday as if it were yesterday. Where on earth has the time gone? My first impulse is to panic that my life may be closer to the end than the beginning, and wonder if there really is life after forty. Then I realize that I really am …

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Cameras Can’t Lie

It is very rare that you will see me take part in controversial topics in groups or forums. This is not because I am not willing to take a stand for those things which I believe in, but rather that the online venue often resorts to name calling and flame wars, instead of productive debates allowing people to reach their …

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Extended Tour of Hell

Dear Lord, Okay, I am certain you are trying to teach me something here, but a hint or two on what I am supposed to be learning would sure be nice. I know that sometimes I am not supposed to understand, but Lord, I am a pretty slow learner. If you could maybe just point me in the direction you …

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Much Better Than This

In college I took an advanced writing class. I remember my first paper. It was like my first website. I thought it was so good! I had received straight a’s in every writing class I had ever taken, and I just knew she would gush about how wonderful it was. Instead, in huge red letters, across the top of the …

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