PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

Neal Pollard Recently, a young woman present to hear me speak in Kentucky asked me if I was related to a "Neal Pollard" who preached in Missouri in the 1960s. She had just attended her father's funeral, and in going through his things after his death she found his baptismal certificate. I was elated to … Continue reading PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

Neal Pollard He was appointed an elder during the Reagan administration. At the very time he was appointed, the congregation was reaching the climax of a very traumatic incident. A man who was a charter attender, but not a member, when Bear Valley began meeting, he has seen every great work this congregation has dared … Continue reading The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

What Are You Living For?

Neal Pollard A man had the good fortune and insight to take a chance with a credit card company in the Baltimore area several decades ago. He retired a wealthy, high ranking executive. In the course of his career, he put together a streak so impressive--35 years in which he never missed a day of … Continue reading What Are You Living For?

Lessons From Yogi Berra’s “Yogi-isms”

Neal Pollard One of the great American personalities of the 20th Century, Yogi Berra, has died. The 90 year old died Tuesday, September 22, in West Caldwell, New Jersey.  In his wake, Berra, a Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees in the 1940s-1960s, left a book full of memorable quotes, such as: … Continue reading Lessons From Yogi Berra’s “Yogi-isms”

Copperopolis, California

Neal Pollard It boomed when “copper was king” and owed its thriving existence to shell casings made for the Union Army in the far-away Civil War.  Fittingly, her downtown streets were Union, Grant, Lincoln, and Sherman. There were 90 businesses in “Copper City” from 1865-1867. The extraction and production of copper ore found in such … Continue reading Copperopolis, California

Conquered The World And Left It With Empty Hand

Neal Pollard Somehow, it has come down through the ages that Alexander the Great made this dying request, that he should be buried with his hands outside his coffin so that all his subjects could see that despite all the riches he had accumulated in life that he left the world empty-handed.  Artists through time … Continue reading Conquered The World And Left It With Empty Hand

What Is Your Name Associated With?

Neal Pollard Some names ring not just with familiarity, but downright notoriety.  Walenda is a name synonymous with daring, high wire acts.  Falcone is associated with mobsters and organized crime.  The Hearst family has long been connected with newspaper publication, Forbes with finance and fortune, Morgan with banking, and Bronte with literature.  Hilton and Kardashian? … Continue reading What Is Your Name Associated With?

The Munchkin’s Legacy

  Neal Pollard Ruth Duccini died in January at the age of 95, the last surviving female munchkin from the Wizard of Oz leaving only Jerry Maren left of the original 124 little people from the film.  All her life she was associated with the classic and made numerous appearances at festivals celebrating the movie. … Continue reading The Munchkin’s Legacy