Peace in the Storm

Posted on July 28th, 2016
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On June 17, 2016 (at 11 minutes after midnight, to be exact), we posted this picture on our Facebook page. The grave belongs to Florence Irene Ford who died at the age of 10 in 1871.  Florence had been terrified of storms during her brief life, so at her death her mother had a special […]

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His Story

Posted on July 20th, 2016
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He walked into the office, sure in his mission but uncertain as to how he should proceed. When we sat down he began to share his story . . . how his wife had struggled for years with health problems . . . how she had beaten cancer once but having had it meant no […]

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A Time and a Place

Posted on July 14th, 2016
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I was leaving the building late Tuesday when a car swerved into the drive from which I was attempting to exit, flew into the upper tier of the parking lot and then stopped directly in front of the fountain that’s directly in front of the building. After a few seconds, the vehicle slowly moved away, […]

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The Best Laid Plans

Posted on July 7th, 2016
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The Shackelfords on my side of the world are rarely ever on time . . . so rarely, in fact, that I’ve told folks it’s a little known sign of the second coming when it happens. But this past Sunday morning looked like it would be the exception to the rule.  I actually left the […]

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Callie Cat

Posted on June 29th, 2016
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Almost one year ago to the day, this little creature appeared at our back door. It was 2:45 in the morning (although as far as I’m concerned, that’s still night) and I was peacefully snoozing when my dreams were interrupted by incessant cat crying.  Now we have several cats but this didn’t sound like any […]

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Memories, Not Dreams

Posted on June 22nd, 2016
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They had just gotten her turned and settled. He lay down on the small bed next to hers, planning to spend another night watching . . . waiting . . .  but before he could drift off to sleep she called to him, asking to be turned again.  “Why?” he questioned.  “We just turned you […]

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Through a Child’s Eyes

Posted on June 15th, 2016
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Children are such amazing creatures. They see and hear and remember EVERYTHING . . . especially if we don’t want them to.  And every observation is generally met with the same frustrating, unanswerable question.  Why?  Why does it look like that?  Why did fill-in-the-blank do that?  Why can’t I do that, too? Most of the […]

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Perils of the Professionals

Posted on June 9th, 2016
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It was a long stretch of highway, a ribbon of asphalt that seemed to run forever. No towns to break the monotony.  No houses scattered about that could give one a false sense of security should anything happen that required assistance.  Not even a street light to chase away the absolute darkness. There had been […]

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Thirty-Eight Years

Posted on June 2nd, 2016
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Thirty-eight years ago—June 1, 1978 to be exact—I walked through the doors of the old funeral home on Main Street. It wasn’t like I hadn’t done that at least a million times before, but this time I came as a full time employee, hired by my father to assist my mother with the bookkeeping.  It […]

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Reunited

Posted on May 26th, 2016
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He was only a few weeks old when Death came to call. It was November of 1963; his parents lived in Savannah and chose to bury him in a local cemetery.  Time passed, their lives changed, and work necessitated a move south.  Although they were hundreds of miles away from their son, he was never […]

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