A letter to my grandson in boot camp

My grandson Isaac Epps has, if all goes well, 13 days until he graduates from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. He will have spent 13-plus weeks of the toughest days he has ever, or will ever face. He still faces “The Crucible” next week. According to sources, “The Marine Crucible is the […]

Homesick on Easter

It was Easter Sunday morning in 1970 and I was away from home for the first time on an Easter. I was undergoing Marine Corps Recruit Training, or boot camp, at Parris Island, S.C. I don’t remember why but, on Sunday morning, I was alone and standing looking east across the water at the rising […]

Dr. George Dillard and Good Friday

I first came to the Peachtree City area 34 years ago this coming June. I hadn’t been in town too long when I received a phone call from one of the local pastors inviting me to a weekly breakfast meeting of Peachtree City clergy. I accepted the invitation and soon became a member of the […]


A recent letter to the editor, speaking of President Donald Trump, was posted under the heading, “Beware a president who will say anything.” Well, that statement could apply to just about any president in recent memory, not just President Trump. President Barack Obama is remembered for stating to the citizenry something like, “If you like […]

Jumbo shrimp

Want to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., and take in some jumbo shrimp? It’s not what you think. Unless, that is, you are a fan of minor league baseball. Jacksonville has sported a minor league baseball team as far back as 1962. Many of these teams were quite good, winning championships in their league. The latest […]

What to do with this president?

Someone recently asked me, “How should we respond to this president?” From the question, I could not tell if the person making the inquiry voted for the person who currently occupies the White House or not. And, if I did know, it wouldn’t matter. My answer would be the same. We are to pray for […]

You are dust

On Ash Wednesday, the first day of the liturgical season of Lent, as ashes are placed in the form of a cross of the believer’s forehead, the minister will likely say, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” This phrase is basically a quote from Genesis 3 where God speaks to […]

My grandson’s dream

My grandson, Isaac Epps, is a United States Marine Corps recruit finishing up his third week of boot camp at infamous Parris Island, S.C. It was 47 years ago this month that I arrived at Parris Island. It was, at the same time, the best and the worst experience of my young life. In a […]

The wager

I am not a gambler. I am, from time to time, a risk-taker but that does not extend to gambling. Once in a very great while, I will buy a lottery ticket if the prize is about a gazillion dollars. But I don’t really expect to win. I do buy raffle tickets at the Marine […]

Celebrating Black History

On my social media page, I have been posting photographs and short biographies of African-American men and women who have made significant contributions to the United States. ”Why,” one person asked me, “are you doing this? Because it’s Black History Month?” Well, yes. That, and the fact that most white Americans, and, I suspect, a […]

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