Grandfather Alvin D. Todd

Thirty years ago, April 27, 1988, Alvin D. Todd died. Here’s a history of my grandfather written in 2010 by O’Nell (Todd) Brown: ALVIN TODD 8/6/1902 – 4/27/1988 Starting 1929 as a truck farmer in Gaddistown, Georgia, and marketing about 10 varieties of dahlia tubers, gifts from his mother-in-law, the money from which he paid […]

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Science…

“Science is not about being able to calculate things precisely. It’s about being able to know how wrong you might be.” – Harvard-Smithsonian’s Jonathan McDowell

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Spirit Flower… nurture yours…

I start a CPE Residency tomorrow. Upon reviewing my “Theology of Pastoral Care” paper from my 2015 CPE Internship, I wanted to share this passage that echos some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s view of “No Mud, No Lotus.” In one tradition from which I draw much, Buddhist psychology views the aspects of human character and […]

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Total Eclipse

I now understand why many people have religious experiences during a total solar eclipse. My almost-five son and I trekked up to the Tennessee/North Carolina border, camped in the Tellico River area. Plan “A” was to watch in a wonderful spot known as Whigg Meadow. After seeing the enormous crowds and multitudes of cars parked […]

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Never a win unless Love is within

We never truly win without love within. A victory achieved with might or hate is a short-lived, shallow victory.  Love is a vital element of our future, and seems to be in short supply in our current divisiveness. Love is not just something that happens when you are attracted to someone. When we come from a […]

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To be an American?

What does it mean to be an American? We used to think that to be an easy question, back when a more narrow group of people were defining what is means: Apple Pie, baseball and Chevrolet (all of which can trace their roots to pre-America). Our country was never just a single monolithic plain white […]

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

Twenty nine years ago today, I became a father  of a wonderful daughter. Thirty nine years ago today, I was finishing up my second day at U.S. Air Force Basic Training. Fast forward, my son is now four years old, the same age I was when Bob Dylan released  The Times They Are a-Changin’. Times […]

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Seek Serendipity

William H. Foege says: “Seek serendipity. We often think of serendipity as a random good fortune, but   the origin involves three princes and  SarandÄ«b, the Persian name for  Ceylon, now  Sri Lanka. A professor at Emory, Marion  Creekmore was once ambassador to Sri  Lanka or  SarandÄ«b and the original story tells about a lost […]

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End of school, now the learning really starts…

In August of 2012, I embarked on a journey through seminary at Candler School of Theology. Yesterday, I finished my last class. I have so many people to thank for their tolerance, encouragement and support. There are people who believed in me when I did not believe in myself. It has been a long, strange […]

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“This was his Georgia” Historical Marker

My sister had all of our family’s old 8mm home movies digitized. One of the early videos, from the early 1960s, opened on a historical marker, shown below in a screen capture from the video. This apparently was an earlier version of the more recent “This was his Georgia” marker in Harris County at the […]

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