Rambling About The Struggle


Whatever you are struggling with these days know you can beat it. Keep on task, get help when you need it and breathe. Don’t forget to take care of yourself body and spirit in the process. Winston Churchill once said if you are going through hell keep on going. Struggle can reveal character too. You can do this! Hang in there my friends. The struggle is indeed real but you can rise above it.


Graduation Day – Twenty years ago I was on the floor of Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University preparing to receive my bachelors of science degree. That was a day I never thought would ever happen for me. I wasn’t the best student as a kid but I seemed to flourish in college. I am very proud to be a Blue Raider and before that a Hiwassee College Tiger. Congratulations to students everywhere graduating today and in the coming days.

(Photo Courtesy of Middle Tennessee State University via Facebook)

Fall Finals and Graduations


Many college students are taking their fall finals at this time and I hope the very best for them as they prepare to take those exams. I remember those days very well.

I graduated in the Spring from Hiwassee College in 1992 with an associates degree. In the Fall of 1994 I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with my bachelors. So I have done both major seasonal graduations. I kind of like fall better.

So to all those preparing for a next semester or the next chapter of your lives may you have peace and grace for the days to come.. God bless.

Congratulations Class of 2014


It’s the season for graduations and there is much to celebrate. Young men and women will realize the goal of advancing their education and making their family and friends proud of them. I am excited about current students my alma maters Hiwassee College, Middle Tennessee State University and Red Bank High School earning degrees and diplomas.

As students make the transition from high school, college and university they will be going into a world that is very competitive and changing rapidly. In the beginning of their educational journey students hope to learn the lessons they will need to change the world or perhaps make their personal situation better. The degree a person earns will open doors for the future, however there is a reality that what a person actually does for a living will be quite different. Your education helps you adapt to change and its good to be flexible as one looks for work. Be ready to tackle whatever your work puts in front of you.

Have no fear my fellow Tigers, Blue Raiders and Lions, use your education to make the world a better place. I am with you friends.

University, College


Tumblr is a international blogging platform and there are differences in language. It’s interesting that in the United States we say college when you go to College. Folks from other places say uni or university when they go to College. I like the term uni or university. Hearing something different like that reminds us that we don’t live in a vacuum. Colloquialisms can be interesting. 

Hiwassee College gives former foster youths a place to call home | The Tennessean | tennessean.com


This is a great article on my alma mater Hiwassee College and how it is helping former foster children find a place to call home and to get an education. Hiwassee is setting an example of what it means to help the least of these. I am proud to be a Hiwassee Tiger!

Hiwassee College gives former foster youths a place to call home | The Tennessean | tennessean.com