You see them, but you don’t pay much attention to them.  They are present in almost every scene, and without them, the picture would be incomplete; yet, no one remembers their names or any details about them.  You could say, they are both indispensable and invisible.  In the motion picture business, they are called extras. Continue reading ““Extras””

How’s The Soil Where You Live?

It happened again this year. The scorching summer heat effectively killed all the grass in my yard, leaving me to mow the remaining weeds. Regardless of how much I pay for grass seed, or what fertilizer I use, the lush green lawn I start out with in the spring, ends up as a patch ofContinue reading “How’s The Soil Where You Live?”

The Value of Being In His Hands

The potential value of an object changes dramatically when placed in the hands of the right person. A football in my hand is worth about $45. That same football in the hand of Tom Brady is worth about 72 million, according to his contract with the New England Patriots. A tennis racquet in my handContinue reading “The Value of Being In His Hands”

He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease

There is a phrase in the New Testament that has always intrigued me, but I’ve never felt like I completely understood what it means or how to fully put it into practice.  The words are recorded in the Gospel of John, and were spoken by John the Baptist to his followers.  A discussion took placeContinue reading “He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease”

Awesome Power

Saturday, April 16th, 2011, many people spent part of the day sitting in interior hallways, bathtubs, and closets, while a super cell thunderstorm roared overhead.  The storm was tracked at speeds of 50 to 75 miles per hour as it raced across North Carolina, spawning tornado after tornado, and causing at least 20 fatalities.  AccordingContinue reading “Awesome Power”

What do you treasure?

Guest Article by Steve Doyle I recently read an excerpt from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 2010 memoir, A Journey: My Political Life.  In the book, he relays the following story: “A friend of mine whose parents were immigrants, Jews from Europe who came to America in search of safety, told me this story. His parents livedContinue reading “What do you treasure?”

Getting Ready for Spring?

I love springtime!  There is something so inspiring about the bright yellow bells, the deep purple pansies, and the pristine white blossoms of the Bradford pear trees.  Before long, the various colors of the dogwoods will appear, along with the dazzling hues of the azaleas. There is a sense of anticipation in the air whenContinue reading “Getting Ready for Spring?”