A SPECIAL FEATURE: My blog for the week beginning on Saturday, July 27, will be A Tribute To Dr. Jerry Goff, my very special friend.



Blog 120 for July 20, 2019




Greeneville, Tennessee is a historic Tennessee town about 25 miles from our cabins in Cosby, Tennessee. It is a very beautiful town of 17,000 people. A few days ago Bess and I drove over to Greeneville to spend some time. It was an enjoyable experience since I really am an American history buff. 


It begins with our nation’s first pioneers who traveled through the mountains of western North Carolina and into the lush foothills of East Tennessee.  The town of Greeneville, established in 1783, a natural destination and layover for travelers, due to its location on the great wagon trail (now U.S. Highway 321 that runs south near our cabins  and on through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge)became a popular stop for weary travelers who needed rest and recharging at the historic Grand Central Hotel, now the General Morgan Inn, before continuing their journey.  It is an elegant four-story building on the main street. Bess and I ate there some years ago on a Sunday after church, with Pat and Lois Sampson. It was a tremendous experience. We were planning to have lunch there again but did not arrive before they stopped serving at 2:00 p.m.




Greeneville is the home of Andrew Johnson, our 17th president. Both President Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson were two of America’s best ‘rags to riches’ stories. They both grew up poor and both had little formal education. Johnson was born in a log cabin in Raleigh, North Carolina. His parents were basically illiterate. Andrew never had a formal education. He never went to school. At 17 he moved west to Greeneville, using a one-horse cart. Providentially he met his wife Eliza, who was well educated. She read to him as he worked in his tailor shop so he could learn about law and history. She taught him how to do arithmetic and to invest his money well. His background is an amazing story.


Andrew became the 17th president of the United States serving as the vice president after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 serving one term of four years. His presidency was a rocky road like Donald Trump is presently experiencing with a Democrat House of Representatives. Just like Trump, his presidency was a continuous battle with Congress. Serving as a Democrat, his conflict was with a Republican-dominated congress. Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives but acquitted by one vote of the Senate.


Bess and I toured the Andrew Johnson Historic Site that includes his home in Greeneville. His footprints are everywhere in the city. We saw several Andrew Johnson banks. We were very impressed with the religious climate in the city. Beautiful churches with high spires that reach up to the heavens are downtown. The ancient buildings of Cumberland Presbyterian, First Presbyterian dating back to 1780 and the modern First Baptist are very impressive. Bess and I are planning to be back to worship in one of these churches and to eat a delicious meal at the beautiful General Morgan Inn.



Thank God for exciting American History!


Charles Kirby


Blog 120 for July 20, 2019




What, in the world, happens to us, as we age?  I’m not sure you would recognize me if you could see me now!  My hair is a MESS; not the color it used to be; in fact, was told today, that my ends looked green, and the top looked a little red.  There’s no style to it; and, it’s thinning. What’s a girl supposed to do?


My body has changed proportions, making my clothes unwearable. My clothes are a combination of small, medium, large and extra-large.  Trying to get ready to go to church or out anywhere, I may have to dress two or three times to settle on something that, whether it looks good or not, it feels the best.



My skin has some discoloration, dark spots, moles, and skin tags. Found a skin tag removing stick the other day in my make-up supply.  May try to use it soon. My countenance is becoming wrinkled. I can’t see well enough to rid my chin of hair growth. I need a magnifying glass.


My toenails have thickened and curled up making buying shoes strategic. My socks don’t always match.  One leg is shorter than the other.


You wake up to this; can you imagine how your day goes?  I need a make-over. I need a new hair-do. I need some new clothes (that fit )!


But I declare to you, “DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.”  According to God’s Word, “Man looks on the outward.” UGH! Remember what Jesus said...that He looks on the heart, not on the outward appearance. YEAH!  Help me Lord, as my outward man changes, that my inner man may flourish!


I’ve often quoted the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr.  I think it fits here. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


I’m so glad that most of these statements are false, as recorded here; but changes do take place as we age.  Hope you’ve laughed as you have read this blog. Laughter is good medicine! Take care. Keep putting on that face cream, exercising, and laughing a lot.