Too Close for Comfort

I had to drive to Columbia today for a meeting.  I love the fact that I-26 has not been over-developed, and that there are long stretches of farmland and forest.  Unfortunately, the scenery can be hypnotic, and I’m forced to look for ways to keep me alert.  With the falling leaves giving better visibility, I … Continue reading Too Close for Comfort

Leadership Overload

I don’t like to consider myself a leader. There are far too many people who have their act together much better than I. Yet, so how I keep finding myself in charge of things. Some of these positions I have sought out, such as choir directorship and as administrator for a school district. Some have … Continue reading Leadership Overload

Advent Antonym

I really blew it this morning. The morning’s scripture was from the Book of Mark. And they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great glory….Watch, therefore – for you do not know when the master of the house wil come, in the evening, or at midnighht, or at cockcrow, or in … Continue reading Advent Antonym

Muchas Gracias

It’s gotten to be a perennial complaint.  Christmas decorations are up in the stores even before Halloween rolls around anymore.  Certainly as soon as the spooks and goblins are done, the Santas, elves, and reindeer appear.  In the process, Thanksgiving loses out to mass consumerism. There’s a very simple explanation – retailers can’t market gratitude.  … Continue reading Muchas Gracias

Holiday Creep

For the first time in many years, I find myself with the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off. Our district is following the lead of most of the state in granting an extended leave for the fall holiday. Monday and Tuesday I kept wondering what our school attendance must be like, but didn’t ask or check our … Continue reading Holiday Creep

Scary Potter

Right away something was different.  The light, mystical motif on celeste was replaced by ominous low strings.  This dark mood was pervasive throughout the entire film, in keeping with the grimmer nature of the movie. The previous three movies were not kids stuff.  Giant three-headed dogs, huge attacking spiders and snakes, and werewolves and madmen … Continue reading Scary Potter

A Shepherd of Leaves

Lectionary Reading for the Day: The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.  And with the morning’s sermon still fresh on my mind, I went out to tackle the latests crop of leaves before the rain makes them heavier and unmanageable this evening.  Laura and I both hit them with duelling leaf blowers. There is not … Continue reading A Shepherd of Leaves

Coverage Overkill

OK, I’m about sick of this.  All week the Greenville Cage Liner has been spewing pages of Garnet and Orange ink for Saturday’s rivalry between Clemson and USC.  If that were not bad enough, this morning’s paper sports not only a front page headline, but four, count ’em, four full pages in the sports section … Continue reading Coverage Overkill