Words for this week...Friday, January, 2012

It's very early in the morning on January 20, 2012 as I sit here on the couch next to Spike writing this on Laurie's laptop.   Waiting for the sunrise, I can report that we had a most excellent and reverent memorial service and funeral for the family patriarch, Colonel David R. Coggins.   He was appropriately buried with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on a sunny Monday, November 28, 2011.  It included a 21 gun salute,  the live playing of Taps, and the presentation of the flag on his coffin to the family.  Somehow, the military precision and show of respect for a man who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and spent 32 years in the United States Air Force eased our sadness somewhat as we paid our final respects and said goodbye.   But we really never say goodbye...


Words for this week...Sunday,  November 27, 2011

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
-----------Marcel Proust

I am sad to report the passing of my dear father, David Robert Coggins at sunset on Wednesday, November 13th.  He definitely made my soul blossom. 


Words for the Week beginning Sunday, November 13, 2011

"There are certain scenes that would awe an atheist into belief without the help of any other argument."---------Thomas Gray

"Help publicly.  Help privately.  Help make sense where sense has gone missing.  Help science to solve and faith to soothe.  Help, and you will abolish apapthy-----the void that is so quickly filled by ignorance and evil."
Tom Hanks

Words for the Week beginning November 6, 2011

"Your problems are never bigger than your purpose."  ------Herman Edwards

"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due."   ------Dean W.R. Inge

"All my life I've loved books.  But the Bible was the only book that ever loved me back."
----------Edward Grinnan

Words for the Week beginning Sunday, October 30, 2011

"The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet." -------Jeffrey Tate

"To believe is to be strong. Doubt cramps energy. Belief is power."
---------Frederick William Robertson

He who would love life And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips
from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil
and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
--------1 Peter 3: 10,11

Here's to string quartets, believing and saying good things!

Words for the Week...10/24/11

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." -----Epictetus

"The question is not 'Can you make a difference?'  You already do make a difference.  It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make during your life on this planet?"
-------Julia Butterfly Hill

The Lord is my light and my salvation;  Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life;  Of whom shall I be afraid?   -------Psalm 27:1

Here's to being grateful, making a difference, and keeping the faith.

October 23, 2011
It's the Rangers against the Cardinals in game 4 of the World Series.  It's also the birthday of Johnny Carson if I am not mistaken.  My heart is troubled as my beloved earthly father David Robert Coggins seems to be nearing the end of his most excellent and blessed life.  As Laurie and I are watching the game as huge Rangers fans, I have a bittersweet feeling knowing Dad is in home hospice in San Antonio.   Sure enough, he is comfortable and well taken care of...and his children and grandchildren are traveling down to see him a lot, but he is tired, weak, frail, and confused sometimes.    "Pushing the peanut down the road" is a phrase that Dad says a lot, among the many he is known for.   Well tonight those words mean a little bit more.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Last Friday I was honored to be a guest at the birthday party of Lillie Martin who turned 101 years old on October 2nd.  I was also there to sing some songs for her and her friends and family.  Lillie is a native of Clarksville, Tn and has a remarkably sharp mind.  She can recite poetry she learned when she was a child.  At her party, she and a male friend did a little skit and then she got up and danced a bit.  As you can imagine, she is quite belovey all who know her.   Happy Birthday Lillie!