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Understanding love

Understanding love

By Pat Farrell I had a grand “aha” moment last week, and I want to share it with you. My mother was a complicated woman. She was a complete mystery…

When furniture was treasured

Looking back with Lloyd Mathews, original published date unknown In the past few weeks I have written about the country fireplace and the country kitchen stove. There are other old…

Holding onto shame and regret

Holding onto shame and regret

by Pat Farrell You know, I could sit here all day and be so ashamed and regret all of the things of my past. Instead, I intend to use my…

Fine dining in Northeast Tennessee

Because I’m a nice person and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, I don’t want to say this too loudly, but IT’S SPRING BREAK! WOOHOO! Oh, wait, I said I…

Layers of Life

Layers of Life

By Pat Farrell Life has what I describe as many layers. On the top layer, where I have lived most of my life, it’s very worldly. Earthy. I see physically…

Great Changes in Living

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed May 4, 2003 I have been reading a book entitled “The Big Change” in which the author, Frederick Lewis Allen, talks about life…

God signs show up in times and places designed especially for our senses and situations

God signs show up in times and places designed especially for our senses and situations

By Pat Farrell God surrounds us with Himself. His mystery shows up in times and places designed especially for our senses and situations. He shows up at just the time we…

“Saturdays Were Special”

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews originally printed Oct. 28, 2001 I believe that the older one gets, the more he dwells on the past. I try to focus my thinking…

Be grateful for all things in life

Be grateful for all things in life

By Pat Farrell My husband and I recently moved and had to downsize our lives. While we sorted through and decided what to keep and what to throw away, I stopped…

A second lesson from His Second Coming

A second lesson from His Second Coming

By Pat Farrell “Be careful or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.…