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16 Months of Storms, Part 16

The Spring of 2017 was relatively “unremarkable.” We were processing our move to Harrisville, but things went smoothly on that front. One memorable event came on Maundy Thursday. Jack Lofln, my first District Superintendent and father of my Millsaps and … Continue reading

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16 Months of Storms Part 15

Shared with Public I mentioned a couple of posts back that Lynette went on disability leave through the United Methodist Church’s Comprehensive Protection Plan beginning January 1, 2017. St. Paul very generously kept her on partial salary through the end … Continue reading

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16 months of Storms Part 14

Jonathan Larson famously told us that a year is 525,600 minutes. Lynette’s and my 2017 had just 496,800 minutes, give or take. I’m not sure how many entries it will take to tell the story of those minutes (plus 10,800 … Continue reading

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Luke’s Birth Part 2

On February 23, 1994 (also a Wednesday)we arrived at Methodist Hospital North about 9:00-9:30. The nurses were a little irritated with us. They were expecting us at 8:00. That information hadn’t been given to us. Lynette began her Pitocin drip. … Continue reading

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Luke’s Birth Part 1

On February 22, 1994 Lynette woke up feeling “twinges” that might have been labor. We made an appointment with her OB-GYN in Memphis. They didn’t detect labor, but did detect elevated blood pressure and excess fluid around her ankles. The … Continue reading

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Sixteen months of Storms, Part 13

Jon Altman Olctob5uiet98r 2po2,c3ns8agcrc 2018  ยท Shared with Public As I said, the research nurse at MD Anderson had said that Lynette needed to be back at her November 13 “baseline” of self-care and mobility in order to participate in the clinical … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation 4

Clergy Appreciation Month 4: There is, of course, just one clergy who lived with me for 35 years, gave birth to our two children, and was partner with me in raising them. Lynette was able to sit for an interview … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation 3

Clergy Appreciation Month 3: Lynette had not had an appointment during my first year, but made the decision to pursue ordination and an appointment during that year. We were appointed to an unusual “Inner City Parish” appointment in Meridian, along … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation 2

Clergy Appreciation Month 2: In 1986, with a newly conferred Master of Divinity degree, I was appointed to a church in south central Mississippi with “great potential.” I was not yet fluent in “DS Speak,” so I didn’t know what … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation

Clergy Appreciation Month: Following the lead of several others, I’m writing to acknowledge the clergy who have shaped me. I came to Millsaps as a “cradle roll” Baptist, expecting to become an English teacher. I signed up for a course … Continue reading

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