Reflections

Immanuel

Recently in a church related round table discussion we were asked to share our favorite Christmas tradition. Most around the table were much more thoughtful than I. I had my mind on the purpose of the informational meeting and those people sitting at my table. And…not much further.

I don’t always think well on my feet.

I gave some yammering, lame response […]

By |December 24th, 2017|2 Comments

Being there…

I don’t usually go on the AT Outreach.  Historically it has been a dad/daughter trip in our family.  This year things were different.  I was
going to have faith and trust that my husband, recovering from a serious heart attack, would be just fine there in the woods, near the trail, in the environment he loves.  I was not planning […]

By |April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Reflection, help to find the pearls of life

As a teacher I create active learning experiences. While I like adventure I like even more the pearls of life that can be found as a part of an adventure.

Finding those pearls of life and learning from adventure, or any other part of life for that matter, doesn’t just happen.

I’ve often said, “As good Americans we move from one […]

By |July 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Marathon

I plan to run another marathon this Saturday.

Last year was my 15th Country Music Marathon here in Nashville, TN. It’s the only marathon I’ve ran and am one of only 38 who has ran all fifteen.  Only ~8 people have ran the full each year.

As my fellow 15-year runner and 16th year registrant Larry Epps puts it, “I sometimes […]

By |April 19th, 2015|4 Comments

I Need Benchmark More Than Benchmark Needs Me

A Guest Post By Jessica Folsom (pictured above in red jacket)

On a scale of 1-10, I’d like to pride myself on being an eight when it comes to being fiercely independent.  If I can figure out a way of accomplishing a task without asking anyone for help, I’ll do it.  However, the older I’ve become, experience has taught me […]

By |February 12th, 2015|1 Comment

Post Christmas Prayer

On the cusp of our Christmas celebration, will you oh God, make yourself known in the middle of violence, anger, injustice, military involvement, corporate misdealing, political messes, materialism and narcissism, just as you did when Christ came.

Quietly. Purposefully. At just the right time.

Would you do something else amazing and help people to see Christ in me, in spite of […]

By |December 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Keep Moving or Turn Back

A recent blast of cold has me thinking back to February 4, 2014.

Effectively Managing Your Time; that’s the name of the Center for Nonprofit Management morning workshop that started the day.  The rest of the day felt like I hadn’t learned a thing as I moved from one thing to the next all day long.

The more regular work moved […]

By |December 4th, 2014|8 Comments

Still in Tension

Twenty years ago, just after daylight on a pleasant October morning, I stepped off with great anticipation and 72 miles ahead of me.  My wife and 9-month old son drove away.  The goal was to backpack the Sheltowee Trace from Pickett State Park, TN to Cumberland Falls State Park, KY in 3 days.

A few kind people sponsored that hike […]

By |November 6th, 2014|2 Comments

The Value of A Known Point

When I’m leading a team building group, I may say, “Now we’re going to do the hard part.”  I get looks like they’re pretty sure they’ve just done the hard part.

And then I say, “We’re going to think about what we’ve done.  And since we’re good Americans, we don’t do that very often.  We more often move from one […]

By |September 25th, 2014|0 Comments

And you won’t trade it for anything!

Shortly after turning 40, I decided to do something that was w-a-y out of my comfort zone: Go with James Evans on a 47-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. I have NO IDEA what possessed me to think I could attempt that, but I spoke with James about it and a plan was laid.

I wish I could tell you […]

By |September 21st, 2014|0 Comments