Looking at the beginning 40 years later

By Joe Rector I received a message on Facebook not long ago. Bill Fogarty contacted me with information that his class was holding a reunion and that I was invited. Just being thought of was enough, but this class is a special one; it’s the first one I taught. Yep, the class of 1975 is […]

A New Approach

By Joe Rector I watched the U.S. women’s soccer team work their magic and claim the world championship before the first half was over. The stadium was filled with ecstatic fans who had dressed in their creative costumes and waved  flags as they chanted, “USA! USA!” Saturday evening was filled with flashes of light and […]

Backyard Critters

By Joe Rector I like the outside. Nothing depresses me more than being trapped in the house as the rain or snow falls. Working in the yard is a blessing to me, and I’d stay there all the time were I given the opportunity. The only drawbacks to being in the yard or the wooded […]

First Christian Church Survives a Painful End

By Joe Rector Not many eyes were dry in the congregation. No, the minister hadn’t just delivered a hellfire and brimstone sermon. Instead, folks were gathered to grieve their loss, and it was one that cut to the quick of each person’s heart. First Christian Church not more than a month ago celebrated the 100th […]

Compliance might be a lifesaver

By Joe Rector Things are out of control in our country. Every evening when the television news airs, whether it is CBS or FOX, stories complete with videos recount the unrest in communities and individuals. It’s become more than most of us can bear to hear or watch. Is anyone else sick and tired of […]

Germaphobes

By Joe Rector This world isn’t much like the one I grew up in. Oh, I know technology has made advancements that make our lives much easier. Folks now have much more time to pursue interests and hobbies. Those aren’t the things I’m talking about. What amazes me is the concern for germs. Americans have […]

Questions

By Joe Rector Philosophical moment—Life is filled with questions. Maybe the meaning of life is to ask those questions and then spend the rest of our time on this planet working to find the answers. Most of us eventually discover the answers to questions, but some of them just aren’t so easy to discover. I […]

Sunburn

By Joe Rector My grandson Madden came to Knoxville during the Memorial Day weekend. He pulled off his shirt on Friday evening, and his shoulders and arms were fiery. It was the boy’s first ever taste of sunburn. His parents have been good at slathering him up with sun screen, but this time, Madden and […]

Changing Times and Conditions

By Joe Rector Nature enjoy a good laugh. If you don’t believe it, look at a platypus: half beaver and half duck. It’s also true that “man plans and God laughs.” This life has a funny way of jerking around those of us who think we’re in charge of everything. Take age for example. As […]

Honeysuckle Nectar

By Joe Rector The week brought warm weather; in fact, it was downright hot. Mother’s Day weekend found my family in the pool and cooling our heels and enjoying each other’s company. Anyone who was outside and who had a nose could smell the sweet scents of honeysuckle. Even at work, the blooms filled the […]

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