After the Fire and Smoke is Gone…We Will Still Be Smoky Mountain Strong. On Monday evening November 28 in a matter of minutes, a wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park spread into the city Gatlinburg and nearby communities of Sevier County. Extreme dry conditions (we have had very little rain the past several … Continue reading After the Fire and Smoke is gone…We Will Still Be Smoky Mountain Strong!
There are two little words that can have a big impact in a positive way… “Thank You”. It is refreshing to me, that at the recent Country Music Awards that the Song of the Year was “Be Humble and Kind.” Saying the words “Thank You”, and the attitude and actions of showing “Kindness” are increasingly … Continue reading Two Little Words that can make a Big Difference
Once upon a time…back in the 1970’s when I was a student in Texas, my friend Big Al and I decided to take a trip to Colorado and do some camping and hiking. On the way there, near Amarillo in West Texas we had some car trouble and had to replace the car’s transmission. This … Continue reading Dealing with Delays in Life…in Dumas, Texas
I had a friend call me one evening and asked me to go by the church and find something they had left there earlier in the day. So I went into the building, and walked down the hall, when I entered the room, I hit the light switch but no light came on… I was … Continue reading Facing our Fears in Life
This time of year attracts many visitors to our area, when the leaves change colors on the trees here in the mountains. I saw this recently on a sign: “Each year thousands of backpackers climb the Great Smoky Mountains…Nature’s Peace flows into them as Sunshine flows into the Trees; the Winds blow their freshness into … Continue reading A Time to let Go…and a Time to let Grow
One of my favorite waterfalls is Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest between Brevard N.C. and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Through the years, I have been there by myself and been there with friends. I have seen it in all kinds of weather… I have seen it in the rain, drought, sunshine, snow and … Continue reading What is the source of your Strength?
Have you ever been in a boat that was drifting, or have you ever been at the beach riding a float, and then without really noticing it you realize you have drifted far from where you started? That happens when there is a strong undercurrent beneath the surface. That can happen to us in our personal … Continue reading Are You Drifting?