December 24, 2009
Tribute to Mr. Milan
I had the great honor Saturday of making remarks at the “homegoing celebration” for Henderson Milan.
He died December 14 at the age of 88.
The inspiring service was held on the Rust College campus in the Doxey-Fine Arts Building Morehouse Auditorium. Burial followed in Hill Crest Cemetery.
Thanks to Mrs. (Mary) Milan for asking me to be part of the program. It was indeed a special experience, a highlight of my life and a memory that I will always cherish.
Close to Nowhere
Thank you Clyde
• Clyde, who is around 13 years old, is one of God’s special children – he doesn’t learn as fast as some kids and things are harder for him, yet he has many wonderful qualities that imbue him with a joie d’ vivre that escapes most of us.
A couple Sundays ago at church we had our regular Second Sunday Eatin’ and Meetin’ – and we were having a special guest – Santa Claus!
Clyde was beside himself! He was so anxious to see Santa and get a Christmas present that he almost couldn’t control his joy and anticipation. As my crew and I arrived, he greeted us at the door – “Santa’s coming today!” In fact, Clyde greeted everyone at the door – “Santa’s coming to lunch today!”
The Preacher’s Corner
Simplicity resonates at Christmastime
Christmas is a family holiday. It has been ever since Mary, Joseph, and the Babe, lying in a manger. There is a sense that every time there is a mother and a father, and a babe is being born, a little reenactment of Christmas occurs, especially if there is a whiff of disdain from the townsfolk surrounding the situation.
Letters to the Editor
I was 8 when my grandfather retired from International Harvester and I vividly remember the celebratory mood, the excitement and the honor that was bestowed upon him, by his family and his company. I have seared into my memory, as one of my last memories of him, his retirement party at our home, and in it he was beaming with pride.
I have been taken back to that memory multiple times in the past couple of months as my siblings and I have watched our father end 46 years of service to Northcentral Electric Power Association. My sister and I have wrestled with our emotions and how to reconcile the remarkable difference between how our grandfather’s retirement was handled and how our father’s leaving his job is playing out before us.
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