Empty Me


There's this song, Empty Me by Chris Sligh. The lyrics strip me down every time I play it... "I've had just enough of the spotlight when it burns bright to see how it gets in the blood and I've tasted my share of the sweet life and the wild ride and found a little is not quite enough. I know how I can stray and how fast my heart could change." I think you get those lyrics, too. You may not have occupied a platform or a stage, but you've done something at some point well enough to elicit praise. You wrote, sang, photographed, cooked, helped, coached, nursed or gave. Add to the list until you see yourself, but whatever was produced from your efforts was recognized and appreciated -- and it sat well with you. We give ourselves to man's approval like a dog to … [Read more...]

Road Story


I spoke at two and again at six, and I neeeeeeed to get on the road but this was too cute not to share while it is fresh. So, here's the thing-- you have to watch those elderly belles... After I spoke earlier, an elderly lady was waiting around my book table and I thought it looked like she wanted to speak to me privately.  She did. When she saw her chance, she lowered her voice to a soft whisper and said, “I’m sorry, but I have to know something.” I smiled to encourage her, “Yes?” The dear old belle looked down at my feet and back into my eyes and asked, “What’s with the boots?” Oh, yeah. These boots. The ones I thought I was rocking them with this cute little dress. It’s rare for me to be speechless, but I don’t mind telling you that I was at a total loss, y’all. I think I got out … [Read more...]

Bainbridge knows how to throw a Belleabration!


It’s Sunday morning and I’m about to head for the airport, pointed towards home with a stack of stories. I do believe I’ll be leaving a bit of my heart here in Bainbridge, Georgia, but I’m okay with that. I’m taking memories a plenty back with me that will more than compensate! Trust me, if this weekend was in a ledger column, my side would be in the black many times over. Unfortunately, our well-planned Belleabration got off to a rough start, (thank you Delta) with Friday's flying follies. I had to connect in Atlanta. I could probably just leave it there, right? Bottom line-- delay after delay flat-out torpedoed our Friday night event. There's nothing like a no-show speaker, but the ladies of Calvary Baptist took it all in stride, pulled off Plan B and looked forward to the Saturday … [Read more...]