Reach Out

Reach Out

by Faye Hoover

Back in the early 70s, our family was returning home from a trip to Colorado. We normally stayed at one of the better known motels, but as a treat, we had reserved a room at a small privately owned place where the latest check-in time was 6 p.m.

For whatever reason, we got slightly delayed and reached our destination at 6:05 p.m., only to discover that our room had already been given to another traveler.

This left us to find another place to stay for the night.

Bring on Summer!

Bring on Summer!

by Mike Maxwell

I love summer! There are so many things I love about summer that I’d run out of time before I could name them all. Just a few are the warmth of the sun, the green grass, the freedom of school being out, the opening of the pool, kids out riding bikes exploring the neighborhood, the ice cream truck, flip flops, shorts, grilling out, relaxing with friends…

What is the Blessed Life?

What is the Blessed Life?

by Jason Mabe

April 27, 2011, is a day that will forever live in infamy for millions of people across the Central, Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic portions of the United States. For on this day, many of us found out what it truly means to be blessed. For those who may not remember, it was a day where 216 tornadoes (360 over a 48 hour period) tore their way through many areas leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake. The numbers were staggering:  21 states had tornadoes, four of them were the highest EF-5 rating, over 12 billion dollars in damage, 324 deaths and over 3,100 injuries. Virginia even had 19 tornadoes during this window. The reason this day stands out for me is that I lived in Alabama during that time, where there were 238 deaths, 58 Tornadoes, including two that came within a mile of my house during the morning and evening outbreaks.

Recalculating

Recalculating

by Tracy Cooper

When riding in the car with my husband, Kurt, there was nothing that stressed me out more than when he would say, “Hurry up and pull out the map. See if I need to get off at this exit.” What?  Seriously? As though I could figure that out quickly and under pressure! Or… figure it out at all for that matter. Not a chance.

3...2...1...JUMP!

3...2...1...JUMP!

Have you ever peered over the edge of a 700 ft drop (216 meters)? The equivalent height of a 70-story building.

Just imagine. You are on a bridge, 700 feet above a river gorge. The scenery is beautiful. A slight breeze is blowing. You look down and see trees and boulders below you. Way below you.  You think you see people looking up at you, but you can’t quite make out the small ant-size figures. The sky above you is bright blue. The white clouds are seemingly within grasp. And then the countdown begins… 3…2…1. You jump! You trust the bungee cord will not break.