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I love light. I have twinkle lights all over the yard and keep lights burning inside and outside most of the time. When I look around at the lamps we have, I realize they tell a story of the life Tom and I have lived together for nearly 58 years.
I love light. I have twinkle lights all over the yard and keep lights burning inside and outside most of the time. When I look around at the lamps we have, I realize they tell a story of the life Tom and I have lived together for nearly 58 years.
 
Reading his bio, it sounds like William Barber II was destined for the role of prophet from the time he was 15. Leadership in NAACP and student government as a teenager prepared him all the roles he is now undertaking.
Reading his bio, it sounds like William Barber II was destined for the role of prophet from the time he was 15. Leadership in NAACP and student government as a teenager prepared him all the roles he is now undertaking.
 
Once in a while Hallmark produces a movie that resonates deeply with me. “Romance in Style,” starring Jaicy Elliot is that movie.
Once in a while Hallmark produces a movie that resonates deeply with me. “Romance in Style,” starring Jaicy Elliot is that movie.
 
My love of football started in high school. In the 1960s, Coaches Stuart Tripp and Tommy Lewis led Ayden High School Single-A football teams to many winning seasons and state championships.
My love of football started in high school. In the 1960s, Coaches Stuart Tripp and Tommy Lewis led Ayden High School Single-A football teams to many winning seasons and state championships.
 
For just 63 cents a day, less than a cup of coffee, you can save all the dogs and cats who are tied to trees in the snow and cold of winter.
For just 63 cents a day, less than a cup of coffee, you can save all the dogs and cats who are tied to trees in the snow and cold of winter.
 
American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, on Christmas Day of 1863, wrote what has become a well-loved carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, on Christmas Day of 1863, wrote what has become a well-loved carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
 
The story of Mary Mallon is a tale to ponder today, as we recover from a Pandemic that killed over a million people in this country.
The story of Mary Mallon is a tale to ponder today, as we recover from a Pandemic that killed over a million people in this country.
 
I am a lover of light. I love lights strung in the back yard. I love the candle lights that keep a low glow in our house at night.
I am a lover of light. I love lights strung in the back yard. I love the candle lights that keep a low glow in our house at night.
 
Not talking reindeer games here. Talking about the political gamesmanship already beginning in the congress.
Not talking reindeer games here. Talking about the political gamesmanship already beginning in the congress.
 
Thanksgiving is a perfectly American holiday. Nothing religious. No victory celebration. Just a time for Americans to gather at the feast, whatever that means.
Thanksgiving is a perfectly American holiday. Nothing religious. No victory celebration. Just a time for Americans to gather at the feast, whatever that means.
 
For any of us who hoped to see things quiet down and all who hoped civility, kindness and graciousness would return after the elections, we likely have missed that boat.
For any of us who hoped to see things quiet down and all who hoped civility, kindness and graciousness would return after the elections, we likely have missed that boat.
 
When the last vote is cast and the last ballot counted how will things be different? Will we at last enter a time of peace when tempers abate and words of kindness fill our mouths?
When the last vote is cast and the last ballot counted how will things be different? Will we at last enter a time of peace when tempers abate and words of kindness fill our mouths?
 
Pew Research reports that since the 19th Amendment passed nearly 100 years ago, about half of the population says that giving women the right to vote has been “the most important milestone in the advancing of the position of women” in history
Pew Research reports that since the 19th Amendment passed nearly 100 years ago, about half of the population says that giving women the right to vote has been “the most important milestone in the advancing of the position of women” in history
 
In DC last weekend, we rode the Hop-on Hop-off bus. We love Hop-on bus tours and have done them in every major city we have visited
In DC last weekend, we rode the Hop-on Hop-off bus. We love Hop-on bus tours and have done them in every major city we have visited
 
The American love affair with the railroads began in the 1720s when wooden rails, known as “wagonways,” began to transport freight and goods across a country that was more than ready to increase commercial opportunities
The American love affair with the railroads began in the 1720s when wooden rails, known as “wagonways,” began to transport freight and goods across a country that was more than ready to increase commercial opportunities
 
There was a day when a good education was a goal. A good education was touted as a necessary step in getting a good job.
There was a day when a good education was a goal. A good education was touted as a necessary step in getting a good job.
 
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Katie Couric made the decision to lead a charge for awareness in revealing her journey with breast cancer that began last summer.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Katie Couric made the decision to lead a charge for awareness in revealing her journey with breast cancer that began last summer.
 
Tom Brokaw wrote his book, The Greatest Generation, about the men of World War Two. They rose up to defend a nation under attack, with great resolve that our United States would survive and thrive.
Tom Brokaw wrote his book, The Greatest Generation, about the men of World War Two. They rose up to defend a nation under attack, with great resolve that our United States would survive and thrive.
 
Early in September, a 13-year-old middle schooler committed suicide while on campus. Wendell Middle School released the students due to a “medical crisis,” and all the students went home. All except Austin Pendergrass who died that day.
Early in September, a 13-year-old middle schooler committed suicide while on campus. Wendell Middle School released the students due to a “medical crisis,” and all the students went home. All except Austin Pendergrass who died that day.
 
I share with you a piece I wrote for my blog, www.aVirtualChurch.com about care for the mentally ill. Since this piece was written some things about serving the mental health needs of North Carolina have changed, some have not.
I share with you a piece I wrote for my blog, www.aVirtualChurch.com about care for the mentally ill. Since this piece was written some things about serving the mental health needs of North Carolina have changed, some have not.
 
The news crawl across the bottom of the television gave us the news. Queen Elizabeth died the afternoon of September 8, 2022.
The news crawl across the bottom of the television gave us the news. Queen Elizabeth died the afternoon of September 8, 2022.
 
The young woman eulogized her Mother offering a framework of the virtue and purity of spirit her Mother embodied.
The young woman eulogized her Mother offering a framework of the virtue and purity of spirit her Mother embodied.
 
Armand Gamache, Louise Penny’s protagonist in “Glass Houses,” is in the courtroom, in the middle of a murder trial. The discussion is around what makes people kill.
Armand Gamache, Louise Penny’s protagonist in “Glass Houses,” is in the courtroom, in the middle of a murder trial. The discussion is around what makes people kill.
 
School bells are ringing across North Carolina. And the wheels on the yellow bus go ‘round and ‘round. Something feels right with the world when the normalcy of school days begins.
School bells are ringing across North Carolina. And the wheels on the yellow bus go ‘round and ‘round. Something feels right with the world when the normalcy of school days begins.
 
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” begins the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. And yet the self-evident truth of unalienable rights has never been fully lived as what is true in America.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” begins the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. And yet the self-evident truth of unalienable rights has never been fully lived as what is true in America.
 
The two books of my summer reading paint a picture of America that is both unsettling and understandable. Anne Applebaum is an award - winning historian and prizewinning author.
The two books of my summer reading paint a picture of America that is both unsettling and understandable. Anne Applebaum is an award - winning historian and prizewinning author.
 
When I went back to college in my late 40s, I remember walking through the libraries at Meredith and Duke talking to the books.
When I went back to college in my late 40s, I remember walking through the libraries at Meredith and Duke talking to the books.
 
Now I know how the British felt watching the Spanish Armada sail into English waters in July of 1588. King Philip II commissioned them to invade England with the intent of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I.
Now I know how the British felt watching the Spanish Armada sail into English waters in July of 1588. King Philip II commissioned them to invade England with the intent of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I.
 
There is a new telescope in town. The James Webb Space Telescope is going far, far away revealing secrets of the universe we have never seen before.
There is a new telescope in town. The James Webb Space Telescope is going far, far away revealing secrets of the universe we have never seen before.
 
North Carolina will be in the news once again next October as the US Supreme Court hears the case Moore vs. Harper, a case that could alter not only our state, but our democracy. We need to pay attention to this one.
North Carolina will be in the news once again next October as the US Supreme Court hears the case Moore vs. Harper, a case that could alter not only our state, but our democracy. We need to pay attention to this one.
 
Cheers and Anguish. Victory and Tragedy. Both are on full display now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. It’s been a long time in the making.
Cheers and Anguish. Victory and Tragedy. Both are on full display now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. It’s been a long time in the making.
 
We all knew it was coming. The leaked Alito Opinion turned out to be the actual opinion of the Supreme Court issued on June 24, 2022. For women, this will be a day that “will live in infamy.”
We all knew it was coming. The leaked Alito Opinion turned out to be the actual opinion of the Supreme Court issued on June 24, 2022. For women, this will be a day that “will live in infamy.”
 
Among those who pledge to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, how many are needed to stabilize and keep our Democracy? Is it 60? Is it five good people willing to come forward and tell truth to power for a cause greater than their own ambitions?
Among those who pledge to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, how many are needed to stabilize and keep our Democracy? Is it 60? Is it five good people willing to come forward and tell truth to power for a cause greater than their own ambitions?
 
Fourth grade of Elementary School is a pivotal year. Children are on the cusp of adolescence, becoming more social, beginning to realize all they can do as their interests and gifts become more self-evident.
Fourth grade of Elementary School is a pivotal year. Children are on the cusp of adolescence, becoming more social, beginning to realize all they can do as their interests and gifts become more self-evident.
 
Mr. Lieutenant Governor, the “I’s” have it. Insult. Injury. Ignorance. As a woman and a pastor in the United Methodist Church, I am greatly insulted by your comment that “Christians are called to be led by men.”
Mr. Lieutenant Governor, the “I’s” have it. Insult. Injury. Ignorance. As a woman and a pastor in the United Methodist Church, I am greatly insulted by your comment that “Christians are called to be led by men.”
 
My rumination around the most recent massacres has led me in several directions. I have only thoughts, no answers. But my heart and mind will process these events and all the previous killings until I find peace with this.
My rumination around the most recent massacres has led me in several directions. I have only thoughts, no answers. But my heart and mind will process these events and all the previous killings until I find peace with this.
 
Since 1868, a day has been set aside to remember all those who died in American wars. Monday, May 30, 2022 is this year's date. My memory of Memorial Day is largely around celebrating the beginning of Summer, parties with hot dogs and watermelon, pools opening.
Since 1868, a day has been set aside to remember all those who died in American wars. Monday, May 30, 2022 is this year's date. My memory of Memorial Day is largely around celebrating the beginning of Summer, parties with hot dogs and watermelon, pools opening.
 
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