On Writing and Reading

It’s good to be humbled once in a while. I was humbled this weekend. I read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a Pulitzer Prize winning post-apocalyptic novel about the journey of father and son through a charred America. Any thoughts of […]

Some Things I Learned from Basketball

A few weeks ago, I was in Jasper and I stopped by Hickoryland Barbeque for lunch. I hadn’t eaten there in a couple of years. Back when I was coaching basketball at Bevill State Community College, the team always ate […]

From the Magazine: June Editorial

It wasn’t a particularly pretty afternoon. I was driving from Uniontown to Greensboro, up Highway 61, a lushly green thoroughfare needled with springtime yellow on blankets of prairie that trapped miles. The overtaking grey sky could not bury suggestions of […]

The Long Hard Journey

I guess I’ve believed in Jesus all my life. The first time I sat at His table I was but a boy, a ramrod-straight little boy who wore bowties and seersucker pants to church on Sunday mornings where my indoctrination […]

The Best Coach I Ever Had

Greg Tinker came into my life at just the right moment. In 1986, he arrived at Maddox Middle School with a bulging satchel as the eighth grade history teacher and boys’ basketball coach. A recent graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University […]

So 24 Seconds Ago

The day Whitney Houston died, I sent a text to a friend of mine. WHITNEY HOUSTON DIED. I heard that! She texted back. Good lord, that came out like ten minutes ago, I thought. I had just hit “refresh” on […]