Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Tender Tennessee Christmas

It was a joy on Monday night to attend a taping of a Christmas show featuring Amy Grant.  It made me want to get out my Christmas CD's early (I usually get them out Nov. 1 anyway).  Taped for the Armed Forces Network and to be played for military people all over the world during the holiday, the show was geared to them naturally. 

The Air Force Strings and the Air Force Band was there, as well as Take 6.  Amy's duo of Breath of God with Take 6 was "breath-taking".  There was Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, and other good ones as well as an unexpected duet with conga drums and a bagpipe.  Different.

Thanks Babe for the ticket--what fun!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Trunk or treat

One of the more pleasant things about the up-coming holiday is the new tradition of trunk or treat.  You simply back up your car in the church parking lot, install candy, and the children come in droves.

Last night Otter hosted one of the biggest of its history on Franklin Road.  So many cute little Cinderellas and super-heroes running around.  Of course, Sheryl made the kids' costumes--different and unique.  Maddie was Bat Woman, Sam was a proud Shark Boy and Ella was a very cute and stylish car hop.  Sheryl, however, was the hit of the evening dressed like Luci Arnez--red hair, big lips and all. I did not even know her at first.  What fun!

I decided to add oranges to my selections this year--they were cheap at Publix and they were a big hit as an alternative to all that chocolate.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Eighteen years ago last night just before midnight, a large group of people, Brandon and I were sitting on the fifth floor of Hendrick Memorial Hospital listening to the last breath of my huband Sam.  He had fought a valiant 8year fight with prostate cancer, and it had won.  

Although the mood was somber, we couldn't help but tell some Sam Thomas stories.  Sam was a notorious prankster. After he became a principal,  there was the story about his interview with a prospective, newly graduated teacher.  Seems she had slipped her shoes off during the interview, and he had somehow manuevered to get them under his desk.  When the interview was over, the woman realized she couldn't find her shoes.  She was embarrased to ask, so just started walking toward the door barefoot, until Sam confessed and rescued her.  She got the job.

His favorite thing to do was to put plastic bugs or snakes in the mail boxes of unsuspecting teachers (it didn't take long for them to catch on).  The teachers could always look for candy in their mailboxes on Monday and many times there would be a personal note of encouragement, as well.

He loved stealing lunches of his teaching buddies and putting paper in the sandwich and then returning the lunch to its proper place.  If we had guests for dinner, a large ugly plastic fly would find its way to the bottom of the ice tea glass, or a plastic piece of cheese would be placed among the other pieces.   I couldn't do much about his propensity for fun--I loved it.

Even after all these years, I miss his sense of fun and his warmth.  Love you, Sam!

Monday, October 12, 2009

This and that

It has been a long time since I last blogged--got bogged down in company, conferences and everyday life.
The Zoe Conference was the first weekend of this month--excellent as always--except for the main speaker whom I shall not name--He reminded me of the "evangelists" who would visit my home church every summer equipped with a huge easel of flip charts showing everything from the items in the tabernacle to the placement of hell, paradise and gehenna.  I think the same thought as I did then--Who cares???  Relevancy has taken over in our hearts and minds and the symbolic meaning of items in the tabernacle simply do not cut it when persons are faced with economic disaster, death, and addiction. Mike Cope, Randy Harris, and others did a fine job of inspiring us.  It was wonderful to praise again with the Zoe Group.

If you don't have the new Zoe CD, go to the Zoe website and order one--it is one of the best! 
I enjoyed having Sally Gary for a few days during the conference.  We adopted her when she was Brandon's teacher at Wylie High School.

The most unpleasant thing that has happened to me recently has been bank fraud--someone went into my account on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 and got all but $3.00.  So if you do not check your bank account frequently, this is a word to the wise.  The Bank of America assures me the money will be back in my account soon--I have changed banks.

Fall has come to us,  and the weather couldn't be more wonderful--60 degrees with the leaves already turning and falling.  Gorgeous!

Right now, I am spending a lot of time getting ready to teach Ladies' Bible Class beginning the 27th. I will be giving them a shortened version of my seminar on Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.  I am downplaying the term "writing" and using instead "compiling".  People begin to back away from you when writing is mentioned.  Harks back to those days when we received our essays back covered with red chicken scratching , and terms like "Awkward", "Wrong tense", and  'Incomplete sentence".