thoughts and stories on being a husband/dad/pastor in the South

“The Catholic novelist in the South will see many distorted images of Christ, but he will certainly feel that a distorted image of Christ is better than no image at all. I think he will feel a good deal more kinship with backwoods prophets and shouting fundamentalists than he will with those politer elements for whom the supernatural is an embarrassment and for whom religion has become a department of sociology or culture or personality development.”

– Flannery O’Connor

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Krista Tippett interviews civil rights legend and Congressman John Lewis in Montgomery, Alabama during the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Amazing man!

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

A Southern hero.

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"It was as natural as eating and to me as necessary and I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking…beer."
Ernest Hemingway
I first tried Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale in the Fall.  It was a terrific beer. 
This beer, actually, has been the best that I’ve had from them. 
It’s dark but not sludgy.  The Sweet Potato is not overpowering but provides a consistent flavor throughout the whole beer. 
Highly recommend it.

"It was as natural as eating and to me as necessary and I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking…beer."

Ernest Hemingway

I first tried Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale in the Fall.  It was a terrific beer. 

This beer, actually, has been the best that I’ve had from them. 

It’s dark but not sludgy.  The Sweet Potato is not overpowering but provides a consistent flavor throughout the whole beer. 

Highly recommend it.

These are the rules for my sons.  A has her own separate, but still very Southern, set of rules.

These are the rules for my sons.  A has her own separate, but still very Southern, set of rules.

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who - who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”

– Harper Lee, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ 

This is L.  He is my youngest.

I hope to share the story of his birth on here soon, but he was our first child born at home and without any kind of intervention.

This kid loves his brothers and sisters and is one of the most happy and laid back kids I’ve ever seen.

I can’t wait to see who he turns into.

This is A.  

My oldest.

She is a bundle of energy, joy and talk…lots and lots of talk. 

A came to be my daughter in a nontraditional way, and she embodies the ‘nontraditional’— she is my actress and drama queen.

She is also the caretaker and is the mother of all her brothers.

I am proud of her and whenever a boy comes knocking at our door, he will be greeted by a daddy with a shotgun.