“I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Country Road... take me home.

You know, it is not everyday that someone asks me to do a funeral for one of their loved ones. Today was a special day. A wonderful family in my church asked me to do the funeral for their grandmother, a woman they loved dearly. I was honored to be asked to do this. As I found out more about the day, I realized we would be going to "my neck of the woods" near Greenville, Alabama. As I left the suburban area of Prattville following my close friends, I soon realized we were getting close to the middle of nowhere.
The middle of nowhere is a wonderful place, regardless of where it might be. My family is from the middle of nowhere, a small farm called Pine Flat halfway between Greenville and Camden, Alabama. This middle of nowhere looked very similar to my middle of nowhere...and it warmed my heart. Following the service, lunch was provided by a wonderful group of ladies in the fellowship hall of a small Church of Christ. Deviled eggs, meatloaf, ham, casseroles, green beans, lima beans, cornbread, potato salad, mashed potatoes, and did I mention deviled eggs filled the room. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, togetherness, and remembrance. Thanks be to God.

Monday, February 7, 2011

On the move...

One of my hobbies is running. I am not saying that I am fast, or competitive, or really all that committed, but I do enjoy it. I started this hobby at some point following college. I enjoyed running while I was an intern at the Wesley Foundation at Auburn University. I loved my rout through campus and the "loveliest village on the plains." I ran a good bit in graduate school and loved finding new places to run through the city of Atlanta... love love love Freedom Parkway! Now I run in Prattville. I am having a hard time finding new routs. There are some necessary things I need for a good running path.

1. Sidewalks... I know it is best to run on the road but I like the option of not paying attention to traffic.
2. A safe area. Now there are probably very few "unsafe" areas in my small community but I like a place where I see people. Where if I fall and hurt my knee and scream someone pays attention. I also like a well lit area.
3. A variety of scenery. I like to be entertained... what can I say?

If you have any thoughts please message me or leave a comment.

Also, am I the only one who things this has been the longest winter we have had in a long time? I am over winter. Sunday afternoon gave me a glimpse of spring. It was beautiful and I ran for 3 miles through my neighborhood. I am beyond tired of the cold, rainy, gloomy weather. Spring, can you please hurry up! Please!