Know Your Story

By DR. JOHNNY PARKER  Mrs. Stone was my sixth grade teacher and she meant well. I think. I was placed in what was considered the smartest class, but I hated math. Mrs. Stone’s style was to send a group of students to the blackboard to solve math equations.  I made it...
Overcoming Daddy Pain: How to Turn the Page

Overcoming Daddy Pain: How to Turn the Page

I have not always enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day. For many years of my life, I was stuck in “daddy pain.” I was hurt. I was disappointed. I did not have a good relationship with my father. As a child and eventually a young man, I blamed my daddy for every wrong I...
Confessions of an Unloving Husband

Confessions of an Unloving Husband

Oh, those early years of marriage. Thinking back on them now, I realize that I struggled to love my wife well.  You may be thinking, “I can’t believe he’s admitting that!” But the reality was that her emotions – her constant need to talk about her feelings – made me...
Lessons from the Campfire

Lessons from the Campfire

There is just something fabulous about gathering with friends and family around the warmth and wonder of a campfire.  Along with toasting marshmallows, my favorite part of the fire is the conversation that takes place.  Sometimes funny, sometimes soul-searching, a...
Ziploc Bags and Your Soul

Ziploc Bags and Your Soul

I enjoy the taste of Graham Crackers – especially the cinnamon flavored ones. Recently I opened a pack, ate a few and put the rest in the box. Here’s the deal. Whenever I neglect to put the uneaten crackers in a Ziploc bag, they lose their freshness, taste awful...