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When Life Hands Us Lemons

August 20, 2011

My almost-two-year-old great-nephew, Levi, is a curious tot. Knowing that, it was only natural for him to reach for a slice of the lemons that the waitress had put on the table. Immediately, several adult hands reached out to stop … (read more)

Attitude Determines Altitude

July 18, 2006

Recently, I had surgery to remove a whopping seven-pound mass from around my right ovary. According to a friend who was in the operating room viewing the surgery, the mass had the looks of a seven-pound ham with a variety … (read more)

Life's Front Lines

July 13, 2006

In May 2005, over 4,000 members of the Georgia 48th Brigade were deployed to Iraq. It was the largest combat unit of the Georgia National Guard to deploy overseas since World War II. As they packed to leave, the soldiers … (read more)

The Quiet Game

July 1, 2006

When I was little, a favourite game of my older brother and sisters for me to play was "Who can be the quietest?" The quietest would receive some kind of prize — a piece of bubble gum, or a special … (read more)

The O-Line

September 12, 2004

Randall, Mayo, Eddie, Raynardo, Jon, Patrick, Shug, Lee, Zach, and Tony are members of the Tigers' football O-Line. Their job is pretty much to be the first line of defence against the opposing team's offensive line. To guard in football … (read more)

A Band Of Brothers

September 8, 2004

One of the best memories that I will take with me from my time working with the Middle Georgia College Warriors football teams of 1998 and 2000 is the unique friendships that I saw develop and be established as a … (read more)

Linebackers

September 5, 2004

One of my favourite people, Joe, was the linebacker coach for our football team. I never had paid much attention to that position until I got to know Joe. Linebackers have a wide variety of responsibilities and need to be … (read more)

Was That All?

May 10, 2004

A rite of passage for most young girls happens when they reach that age at which their moms and dads agree to let them get their ears pierced. It is an exciting thought for most girls, until they get to … (read more)

Football Season (4)

November 16, 2003

Tonya Butler, place kicker for the University of West Alabama Tigers football team, accomplished a feat one recent weekend. On the opening play of the game, Butler made a twenty-seven yard field goal. She became the first female to convert … (read more)

Football Season (3)

November 15, 2003

I am not an athlete. I don't play one on television. I do enjoy sports, especially watching football. I have been a real fan of football ever since I was seven years old. We used to gather on Sunday afternoons … (read more)

Football Season (2)

November 14, 2003

I remember sitting on the grass at football practice at Middle Georgia College, watching the Warriors go through their daily runs and drills. They were preparing for their next game. I watched as the coaches worked with their specific positions. … (read more)

Football Season (1)

November 13, 2003

Football has been a favourite sport of mine to watch ever since I was a wee thing, at the age of 6, watching the Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s. Sunday afternoons in the fall would be dedicated, after church, of … (read more)

Getting In The Zone

September 25, 2003

In my little apartment, people might say that my cats rule. Millie, my grey tabby, and Lucky, my deaf white kitty, would agree that they do, though I think that they like to make me believe that I do. They … (read more)

Oblivious And Faithful

September 18, 2003

The emergency weather siren rang loudly that night, just as the skies surrounding the campus of the University of West Alabama began to darken, and the winds began to rise. Immediately, Millie, my grey Tabby cat, tore for cover beneath … (read more)

His Time Not Mine

September 7, 2003

I opened the e-mail from the president of our college with anxious emotions. I had been waiting for word from him concerning a plight I had launched concerning getting myself declared an in-state student. I had been living and working … (read more)

The Greatest Churchman I Ever Knew

August 2, 2003

My mom's father, the Reverend James C. Madison, was close to 80 when he died, eight years ago. For many years, Grandpa had served faithfully as a minister in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana, USA, and was one of the … (read more)

God's Protection

July 31, 2003

My mother had been injured as a result of a stupid and senseless crime. A young man who had worked at our family contracting company had attacked my mother with a broken brick in her office. His reasons are not … (read more)

The Needed Connection

July 15, 2003

If my friend, Jim, had had any sense, he would have said "no" when I first asked him if he wanted to make some extra money helping me wash down sidewalks, stairs, and walls at one of the students' apartment … (read more)

Rules Are Made To Be Followed

July 8, 2003

As soon as I saw the little creature staring at me, I knew I was gone. Cute as a button, white as could be, with a little streak of black on its head, it was mewing. My heart ached as … (read more)

Madison Street

May 13, 2003

After working for six hours, putting together the latest edition of The Bleckley County News, I got the call that my other "boss" had taken a job at the University of West Alabama. My first thought was, "Where in the … (read more)

God Makes It All Happen

May 7, 2003

Even Mother Teresa, in India, had heard of Michael Jordan, I am sure. Santa Claus had at the North Pole, and the space aliens did, because they came to get Michael in Space Jam. Sports stations, magazines, and more have … (read more)

Bottled Water

May 3, 2003

Living in Livingston, Alabama, for the last year, I have learned a lot of lessons, life lessons, some easy to learn, and some, well, not so easy to take. For example, this town is a total "soda" town, and if … (read more)

A Loop Walk With The Lord

January 16, 2003

Around the campus of the University of West Alabama, there is a paved loop. Most people walk the Loop Walk to get healthy, others to lose weight, and some to get stronger. Me? You are going to think I am … (read more)

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