With the passing of time, it is essential to have the understanding of the importance of cherishing the little moments in life. Being able to enjoy these seconds to their fullest means the outburst of laughter, sharing of wisdom, and enhanced intuitiveness. Sandra Greene’s life is a depiction of this wisdom and peace.
The Microwave Society
Year One, Week Twenty-Three
Have you ever thought about the lives our ancestors lived? Once our forefathers boarded ship in the Old World, there was no opportunity the next day to decide, “I don’t think I want to make this trip after all.” I’ve never read of any lifeboats or rafts on the Mayflower.
Once the first settlers arrived, they were faced with two choices—work or starve. There was no canned or deli food available from Food City. If no one went hunting, fishing or harvested a garden, there was no food for supper. Even when food was obtained, it had to be skinned, shucked or peeled before it was cooked and served. There were neither restaurants, three minute oats, nor microwave ovens. The very desire for survival ensured that our forebears must embrace what Bill Hybels identifies in his book (Who You Are When No One’s Looking: Choosing Consistency, Resisting Compromise) as the fourth of five endangered characteristics of true character—endurance.
It is so easy in our present society to avoid things that are inconvenient or uncomfortable rather than seeing them through to the finish. Eighteen year olds drop out of high school frequently, and many who pursue higher education do not receive degrees. Those who graduate sometimes expect to quickly receive jobs with salaries that match or exceed those of coworkers who have been employed for decades. When demands and expectations are not met, jobs are abandoned, sometimes even before new employment is obtained. Friendships and marriages are often abandoned when there is strife in the relationship without any attempts at reconciliation.
It has been said of those who are unsuccessful that no one wakes up in the morning with the wish to be a failure. Even the most successful people have instances when problems arise from which it might seem more pleasant in the short term to avoid. What is often not considered are the long-term consequences of hasty decisions.
It is unrealistic to believe there is a magic place on Earth where no problems or difficulties exist. Our ancestors never arrived at such a place, and neither will we. When America was founded, there were many obstacles to be overcome. There were dangers, land to be cleared, diseases, unpleasant weather, wars to be fought, and government to be established. Ships were not readily available to take our founders back to the Mother Country.
While our ancestors might have had limited opportunity to run away from their problems, it is often easier in today’s culture to quit rather than to find solutions. Newspapers frequently advertise cheap, no-contest divorces, making it easier to abandon marriage than to work out problems. When a friend disappoints, it is easier to abandon the friendship than to forgive. Lotteries and get rich/Ponzi schemes promise overnight wealth, stardom and fame, but disappointment is more often realized.
Think about those you know who are successful. The graduate successfully endured many hours of study and tests to receive the degree or diploma. The couple who has been married for fifty or more years endured years of financial difficulty, disagreements and disappointments. The worker who retires from the job with thirty years or more service endured many bosses and changes in technology. The elderly pastor or evangelist who, though in terrible pain, passes away peacefully has endured years of opposition from unbelievers and critical congregations. These are wise people who sought solutions rather than dwelling on problems, and they were rewarded with success.
It often seems easier in the short term to give up than to suffer rejection or criticism, but the long-term benefits of endurance almost always yield great benefits. Just like an insurance policy, the longer endurance is in force the greater the value.
It’s almost a guarantee that every successful person was at some point tempted to give up in fear or frustration. What determines success is endurance.
I remember a poem that I memorized in Miss Eileen Monroe’s sophomore English class at Horace Maynard High School.
If you strike a thorn or rose,
If it hails or if it snows,
'Taint no use to sit an' whine
When the fish ain't on your line;
Bait your hook an' keep a-tryin'--
When the weather kills your crop,
Though 'tis work to reach the top,
S'pose you're out o' ev'ry dime,
Gittin' broke ain't any crime;
Tell the world you're feelin' prime--
When it looks like all is up,
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like singin', sing--
--Frank L. Stanton (1857-1927)
Next week I’ll discuss Hybels’ fifth and final endangered characteristic of true character.
The Knoxville Chapter of the Kidney Foundation started Chocolatefest more than twenty-five years ago at Knoxville Center. Eventually, the chapter decided to forego the yearly event.When one of the former board members had an urge to bring the festival back, she asked past Chocolatefest judge and local radio personality Jennifer Johnsey if she would help. Luckily, Jennifer was happy to oblige.
Mincey’s Musings Year Two, Week Two
A frustrated conductor once asked a band player with issues, “Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?” The player replied, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.”
This is a slightly tweaked missive that came my way via email. It reminded me of a joke I once heard at a meeting which I shall attempt to embellish for your reading pleasure.
Grandma made the best cookies, didn't she? She didn't work outside the home. Those were the days when she washed, starched and ironed her ruffled curtains and had time to crochet frilly doilies for the end tables next to the sofa. Ruffled curtains are things of the past as are crocheted doilies. She didn't have to get the kids properly dressed for school and then get herself to her job on time. She did have time to polish up on her cookie recipes.
Scratching your head? Who in the world are Abraham and Carl?
When we see the word “and” between two names, we assume they are connected in some way. For instance, I love the comedy teams of Andy and Barney (Mayberry), Lucy and Ethel and (one of my favorites) Laurel and Hardy.
For the record, Abraham and Carl are not a comedy team. In fact, they never even met for they lived thousands of years apart.
Scratching your head again?
I saw an article online the other day. It listed recipes that are outdated and thankful to be gone. I don't agree. Everyone of them are on my “favorites” list. I think the reason they are outdated is that they were over-used back in the day. I remember when I first discovered canned tuna fish. We had a Tuna Noodle Casserole about every other week. I have a good recipe for that, too.
One of the most important ways to invest in the future of agriculture is to invest in the people who will become tomorrow’s agriculture industry leaders. Students pursuing the agriculture industry often look for careers in planning, implementation, production, management, processing, education, or marketing ag products and services. Tennessee Department of Education predicts that over 60,000 high-skilled agricultural jobs open annually in the United States with just around 35,400 graduates in the Ag, Food, and Natural Resources program studies to fill the openings.
Betty is teaching another wonderful Wine and Canvas Class! This class we will be painting Red Breasted Blue Birds!
Sip on some wine and learn to paint from one of Union Counties best! Supplies are included.
Tickets are only $35 and must be purchased in advance by calling (865) 745-2902 or by coming into The Winery.
Seating is limited and fills up very fast so make sure you reserve your ticket today!
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.
Join us at The Winery for a fun Wine and Design event.
During this class, get ready for Valentine's Day by painting
and crafting a wine bottle and wooden love sign. The class is only
$25 and includes all the materials needed as well as a glass
of wine or juice. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased
in advance by calling The Winery at (865)745-2902.
Class starts at 6 so please come early to taste our wines and choose your favorite.
It's that time again and everyone is invited.
February is a Pick Up month for our Wine Club and we are having a party to celebrate.
Saturday, February 2nd from Noon till 8
Live Music From:
45RPM Noon - 3:30 pm
They will be playing music from the vinyl era, the tunes that you know and love!!
Overdrive 4-8 pm
Overdrive is a band dedicated to filling the dance floor at any venue they play at! Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!
Dale R. Wesche – age 39 of Heiskell, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 as a result of an automobile accident. He was a member of Fairview Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and 4-wheeling with his friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Wilma Wesche. Dale is survived by his canine companion, Gretchen; and a community of friends.
Nancy Byrum, age 57, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. Proceeded in death by father George Byrum Sr., sister Debbie Patterson, brother Timmy Byrum, nephew Brent Byrum; and many aunts and uncles. Survived by mother Margret Byrum, daughter Fran Hancock, son Michael Scott Rolen; grandchildren Jared and Genny; brothers and sisters-in-law George and Maryann, Dennis and Teresa, Steve and Susan, and significant other Calvin Stafford; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Bobbie Jean Needham Weaver, age 85 of Corryton, passed away at her home on January 19, 2019 and went to her heavenly home. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church for many years. Bobbie was preceded in death by her loving husband Eugene Weaver, parents Jim and Mae Needham, brother J.E. Needham, and son-in-law Charlie Burnette.
Gladys B. Ledford, age 96, of Knoxville, passed away on January 20, 2019.
She attended Salem Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by husband David L. Ledford; daughter Patsy J. Price; grandson Brian Schwartz.
Survived by daughter M. Annette Rummell (Barry); son Charles “David” Ledford (Joy); 10 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends 4-6PM Wednesday at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel with funeral service to follow, Rev. David McGill officiating.
Rosemary Gail (Wilkerson) Johnson, of Halls/Plainview, went to be with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Friday January 18, 2019. Rosemary spent 4 years fighting a rare mantle cell lymphoma. Rosemary loved her family, was a believer in Christ, an animal lover, and an all-around genuine person. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Roy & Mary Lynn Wilkerson; father in law, Raymond Johnson; and brother in law Ray Johnson.
Lloyd Russell Lee Sr., age 68, of Knoxville, Tn was born July 6, 1950 and departed this earthly life on January 17, 2019 to gain his new body in heaven. His life was filled with the love of Nascar, Semi-Trucks, and Family. Lloyd was a self employed over the road truck driver for his entire life to provide for his ever-growing family. Married to Sandra “Sandy” Lee on January 4th 1969, they shared their love of 50 years with their 3 sons Rusty (spouse Mary Duso), Jimmy (wife April), and Billy (spouse Becky Litton).
Ted Jones, age 67, of Knoxville passed away on January 17, 2019. He was a bus operator for Knoxville Area Transit for over 43 years, and a member of Amalgamated Transit Union. He was a member of West Side Baptist church. Preceded in death by parents George & Neoma Jones, grandparents William Ellis & Flora Shuemaker, father-in-law Jack Jones.
Nathan Samuel Davis – age 23 of Maynardville, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019.
He is survived by his parents, Luther and Julia Davis; and sister, Gabriela Eby.
A celebration of life service is being planned for a later date. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of Nathan Davis. 865-992-5002 www.trinityfuneralhome.net