Category Archives: memory

The Stony Ground

I was in junior high school when our school burned. The night sky glowed red from the flames and could be seen from miles away. The school was rebuilt in another location and I graduated in a new school.  In … Continue reading

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The church at Jerusalem

The Church by the Wildwood is an old song that describes a memory that many would share.  You may remember the lyrics from an old Andy Griffith episode.  Malcolm Tucker sang the song in the episode called “Man in a … Continue reading

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Final Words

What would you talk about if you knew the conversation with a loved one would be your last on this side of eternity?  Discussions such as these are not about frivolous things.  These conversations are about the important things, the … Continue reading

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Keys

When I was a school principal, I had a ring of keys that hung from a clip on my belt.  I recall one time a student came up to me and very discreetly said, “Mr. Taylor, do you want to … Continue reading

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Stubby

It wasn’t really his name but everyone called him Stubby. He was a fun-loving character. He loved life. He always had a smile. He made me feel important. He conveyed a genuine concern for me as a young man. He … Continue reading

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I’m in the Short Rows Now

I’m in the short rows now. This will have meaning only to those who have grown up on a farm. As a young man my family had a small farm that produced much of the food we consumed year round. … Continue reading

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10 Directives to Dads

A study of the 6th chapter of Deuteronomy is a wonderful text for fathers.  The statements of “You shall” or “You shall not” comprise a list of 10 directives to Dads.  I have them marked in my Bible. You shall … Continue reading

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The Glass Half Full

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? How do you normally look at things? Do you tend to look at life with a positive outlook or do you lean toward the negative? When looking at the proverbial glass, do you … Continue reading

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Mothers Serve

Mothers are often in the background.  They rarely find their name in lights.  Yet their influence spans across generations.  The old adage “the hands that rock the cradle rule the world” is true. There are many mothers named in the … Continue reading

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And then some

I remember a lesson my father taught me growing up.  Growing up on the farm, it was not unusual to borrow various tools from neighbors.  The lesson I learned was simply this.  When you borrow something, always return it in … Continue reading

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