Reflections

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

By |December 25th, 2014|0 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