Life Lessons

Why I Despise this type of “Motivation”

Did I just use a big hairy spider to induce you to read my article about fear?

Yes. Yes, I did.

A friend from church invited my wife and me out to supper once. I thought it strange that there were about 20 other couples there also. …


My grandmother’s gift to her new husband would later become a blessing to her as well.

When they got married in 1903, in Alabama, my paternal grandfather (Ollie Manning) could not read.

I am sure this was common in this area of Alabama in the early twentieth century. Probably common to lots of people during this time.

My grandfather was a carpenter, so he could work…

Life Lessons

What is your facial hair hiding?

I was a grown man before I decided to shave off that awful mustache.

And, I’ve never looked back.

The impetus for change? A girl. A stunning and multi-lingual college-age Russian who was a part of a group of other college girls assigned as translators for a motley crew of…

Life Lessons

This biblical character made a stupid vow that he likely didn’t carry out

I’m at Vacation Bible School on a Tuesday night in central Arkansas.

I love going to VBS.

When our girls were little, we’d take them to every possible VBS we could find. Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, Church of Christ, Church of God, Catholic, Free Range, Wiccan, didn’t matter.

Just kidding about…

Short Fiction

Greer never gave up on his dream, although his body had reservations

Greer Davidson took a light and guarded step, planted his foot onto the football field, shifted his weight, and swung his right leg toward an object perched in the grass in front of him.

Eighty-thousand fans stopped screaming and, for the moment, breathing, while Greer readied to kick a football…

Life Lessons

I had never paid much attention to the lilies until they were out of focus

We’re at a little church that we’ve visited several times lately. It’s just a big country church with good, friendly people.

Nothing fake here.

There is one problem, however. And I hate to bring it up.

But …

There are pieces of artwork on either side of the front wall…

Life Changes

Life is full of bookend moments that signify a change is coming

At the time, I thought the years (actually only six weeks) that I had spent in basic military training at lovely Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio were the worse. But the next day after graduation (and after having been awarded honor graduate for my “skills” as guidon during…

Paul Swann

Attorney, Husband, and Dad, Life Enthusiast for (well) over 20 years — opining on most everything. 🇺🇸

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