Chris Toomey, RIP

Chris Toomey

Nobody won the game.  It was long enough ago to still be in the era of the NCAA football tie – when the outcome of a game could still be something other than a win or a loss.  The year was 1993, and the place was Birmingham, Alabama’s Legion Field.  It was the third Saturday … Read more

2021 in Places

Well, at least there are still places to go. I hereby present my yearly tradition of recording all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during the previous year. Here this year’s list for 2021: Baton Rouge, LA* Boone, NC* Centreville, VA Chattanooga, TN* Ft. Myers, FL* Kingsport, … Read more

Tom Fillinger, RIP

“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13 Tom Fillinger was a man marked by urgency. He could have easily been mistaken for a curmudgeon. But if curmudgeons are marked by criticism and inaction, Tom Fillinger … Read more

2020 in places

Even locked-down, I went a couple of places in 2020. I hereby present my yearly tradition of recording all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during the previous year. Here this year’s list for 2020: Baton Rouge, LA* Chattanooga, TN* Kingsport, TN* Prince Frederick, MD Wintergreen, VA* … Read more

2019 in places

As follows, my yearly tradition of recording all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during the previous year. Here this year’s list for 2019: Ararat, VA* Asheville, NC Cashtown, PA* East Earl, PA* Holland, MI* Kingsport, TN* Minneapolis, MN* Owensboro, KY* Pigeon Forge, TN* Spartanburg, SC Washington, … Read more

2018 in places

As follows, my yearly tradition of recording all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during the previous year. Here this year’s list for 2018: Asheville, NC Holland, MI* Gray, TN Spartanburg, SC Chautauqua, NY* Minneapolis, MN* Kingsport, TN* Washington, DC* Woodbridge, VA* cf. 2005/1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, … Read more

2017 in Places

As follows, my yearly tradition of recording all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during the previous year. Here this year’s list for 2017: Chattanooga, TN* Culpeper, VA Holland, MI* Indianapolis, IN* Lynchburg, VA Minneapolis, MN* Moravian Falls, NC* Kingsport, TN* Washington, DC* Williamsburg, VA* Woodbridge, VA* … Read more

2016 in Places

Yet again, following my yearly tradition, here’s a record of all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during 2016. New this year is an asterisk, noting multiple nights in each city. Here this year’s list: Anthem, AZ Chattanooga, TN* Holland, MI* Purlear, NC* Minneapolis, MN Kingsport, TN* … Read more

For to such belongs the kingdom of heaven

If you’ve ever had kids (or have been a kid), and attended a Sunday morning worship service at a church, you know the struggles involved in placing a child into an age-old, but not necessarily age-appropriate environment. I took at stab at that sometimes-prickly subject over at my church’s blog in a two part series: … Read more