November 24, 2013

IMG_4160It felt SO good to return to the races after more than a 4-month absence. Still recuperating from open-heart valve surgery, but am optimistic about the future. This picture is from near the finish at the “Turkey Trot” 5K a few miles outside of downtown Cartersville, Georgia. The race site is about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta. Hallelujah for my return, and thanks to all of you for your encouragement.

Halloween at my front door!

November 1, 2013






It felt like a miracle.

September 27, 2013

Today, my friend, Jim Parks, and I went for a walk on the Silver Comet Trail. The distance was short of two miles. About one-hundred yards from the finish, I asked Jim to set a pace for my first attempt at “sprinting” since my open-heart surgery. Jim obliged. It wasn’t all that fast, but it was a running gait. My pacemaker peaked my pulse at 138. It felt like a miracle. Hallelujah!

Stress test!

September 24, 2013

I took a walk today on a treadmill at the doctor’s office. Of course, he and the tech told me the stress tests shows my indicators are good. I sometimes think that unless they say “let’s get him over to the OR stat” they almost without exception praise your performance. I would encourage them to continue their mendacity. It makes me feel better…just like it does out on a race course when someone shouts, “you’re lookin’ good.”!

My doctor says

September 20, 2013

“rehab is a bear.” He’s right. Without proper pacing, the closer you get to the finish line, the heavier the bear.

Walked just

September 5, 2013

a little father today…still not very far…but showing some progress! Hallelujah!

About Syria…tell me again…

September 4, 2013

Why should the United States involve itself in Syria’s civil war?

Let’s go for a walk…

September 3, 2013

The best part of the day is the first couple of hours after awakening. The rain is now no more than a drizzle. “Just walking in the rain…..”

Hello Again….

September 2, 2013

It’ll be seven weeks tomorrow (Monday-9-2-13) since Dr. Robert Guyton repaired my tri-cuspid heart valve. Recovery has been much tougher than expected. Thank you all for your encouragement! God willing, one day we’ll see each other again. In the meantime, I’m so grateful to all of you!!

We get wrapped up too much in ourselves.

August 18, 2013

I pray God will always remind me that so many others are bearing burdens well beyond mine.