A Lot Happens In 25 Years!

Neal Pollard Today is Kathy’s and my Silver Anniversary. The day we got married, the president was the first George Bush. Johnny Carson was hosting the Tonight Show (his final show was on our wedding night). Gas was barely over a dollar per gallon. We lived in a sleepy, west Alabama town (the thought of … Continue reading A Lot Happens In 25 Years!

NO SMILE RULE!

  Neal Pollard “Stop smiling!”  DMV photographers in Virginia, Arkansas, Nevada, and Indiana are among the states requiring grin-free pictures on residents’ drivers licenses.  Apparently, face-recognition software is thrown off by curled up kissers.  The objective is to curtail fraudulent drivers licenses.  So, by rule, there will be no smiling when the photographer says “cheese.” Like you, … Continue reading NO SMILE RULE!

We Sure Love Baptisms!

Neal Pollard There are some things about social media that are extremely irritating—click baiting, pot-stirring, fight-picking, self-pitying, and the like. But there are a great many positives in that medium, too. Of all of them, I believe that posts of baptisms have to be my favorite. I do not appear to be alone in that … Continue reading We Sure Love Baptisms!

You Sure Do Have An Attitude!

Neal Pollard Unavoidably, you do! And consider what hinges on what kind of attitude you have. Often, the difference in winning and losing is attitude. Happiness and sadness is a matter of attitude rather than circumstances. Failure and success is determined, many times, by what kind of attitude we have toward the task. Even one's … Continue reading You Sure Do Have An Attitude!

HONESTY PAID JOHNNY DUCKWORTH NEARLY $4,000

Neal Pollard A customer who ate at Randy’s Southside Diner in Grand Junction unluckily left $3,000 in a bank envelope at his booth. Fortunately, his busboy was Johnny Duckworth. Johnny gave it to his boss, who through the ATM bank slip in the envelope was able to track down the rightful owner. That unnamed person … Continue reading HONESTY PAID JOHNNY DUCKWORTH NEARLY $4,000

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, YOUR FACE WILL SURELY SHOW IT!

Neal Pollard Oh the stories that song leaders and preachers could tell!  Often, when we sing such standbys as “I Love To Tell The Story,” “Rejoice In The Lord,” or “When We All Get To Heaven,” we do so with little visible enthusiasm or apparent joy.  If we sing devotional songs like “Thank You, Lord,” … Continue reading IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, YOUR FACE WILL SURELY SHOW IT!

GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR BLUES (poem)

Neal Pollard If your life is feeling fallow, your ambition sadly shallow, Turn your eyes upon another, help a sister or a brother, To their feet. It doesn’t need to be dramatic, full of noise and other static, Just a word or even smile, can lift their day a little while, And make it sweet. … Continue reading GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR BLUES (poem)

THE BEAUTIFUL QUALITY OF THANKFULNESS

Neal Pollard Her name was Mrs. Broadhead. She was a resident in a west Alabama nursing home. She was known for saying one thing with great frequency: "We have a lot to be thankful for, don't we?" Emaciated, confined to a wheel chair, with a speech impediment due to a stroke, and filled with aches … Continue reading THE BEAUTIFUL QUALITY OF THANKFULNESS

JAMES 1:17

Neal Pollard Life, love, happiness, and health, Water, worth, worship and wealth Food, faith, dogs and dreams Smiles, sunshine, singing and streams Marriage, mothers, prayer and play Friendship, flowers, tomorrow, today Calvary, Christ, heaven and hope Rain, resurrection, snow and soap Family, frost, babies and birth Books, baking, monkeys and mirth Mountains, moonbeams, coffee and … Continue reading JAMES 1:17

How To Make Others Friendlier

Neal Pollard I am exasperated at how unfriendly the people at church are. They never speak to me.  When they do speak, I feel as though I am simply being tolerated. I do not feel a part of their "crowd." It is so unfair! Yet, I have the answers for me and any other poor … Continue reading How To Make Others Friendlier