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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • My very first car was one that I had taken a number of rides in during my teen years. It was a 1956 Chevrolet BelAir two door hardtop with a 265 cc. V-8 and black rolled and tucked interior. I bought it from my grandfather for the princely sum of in the summer of 1970. I put a lot of miles on that car in a short…
    September 20, 2018
  • The ability to communicate is what has made civilization fluorish. Man has the ability to accomplish great things, and has, but those things would have been frustratingly difficult were it not for the ability to communicate with others. A verbal and written language enables us to share ideas and concepts which…
    September 13, 2018
  • I remember a lot of my years playing Little League baseball in my home town. I remember the kids and even some of the coaches. I remember Don Morrow telling us to count the hops on ground balls. Not so we could actually know how many times the ball hopped, but so we would be concentrating on the ball enough to…
    September 6, 2018
  • Commercials can be absolutely the most entertaining part of TV or they can be the most disgusting and vulgar.  There is one little slice of life that I have seen recently about a boy and a garbage bag.  His mother fills the bag in front of him, even to the point of pressing items inside the bag that stretch the…
    August 30, 2018
  • Have you ever been reemed out for going the right way?  No, seriously!  Have you ever been going the right way and had someone just absolutlely take you to task for doing so?  The other evening my wife and I were going to our local WalMart.  As we entered the parking area we were ready to go down the…
    August 23, 2018
  • Just the other day, while coming back from Lexington, I saw a bumper sticker on the back of an SUV.  It posed what, I'm sure, the driver thought was a rhetorical question.  In other words, the answer to the question was so obvious that it was a slam dunk the reader would get it right.  The question was,…
    August 16, 2018
  • Just this past evening I followed a woman with a car full of people and a rather dubious bumper sticker on her rear bumper. "If you think Education is Expensive - Try Ignorance!!!" I then watched her as she made her way across Long Lick Road. Long Lick Road (State Route 32) is a meandering highway that is rife…
    August 9, 2018
  • Back in the late 80's I attended a seminar in which the leader asked a very interesting question. "If you know everything that other people know who are successful in their fields could you do their job?" He proceded to show us a number of examples which illustrated that even to the point of shoving a straw through…
    August 2, 2018
  • Last evening I was reminded of my days working for the Fayette County Highway Department in Ohio. No, I didn't see a dump truck or a road crew or a grater. Last evening I had a sharp pain in my left achilles tendon. I hadn't had a pain there in quite some time. The reason I have those pains periodically is due…
    July 26, 2018
  • "You can't see the forest for the trees." Ah, yes. Those pithy sayings that carry the weight of the knowledge of generations. The one I just shared with you is one that is applicable for someone who just simply doesn't seem to see the obvious. Notice, we usually apply this to someone other than ourselves. After…
    July 19, 2018
  • "Houston we have a problem." Those words signaled the beginning of difficulties for Apollo 13. The crew radioed NASA and informed them of various malfunctions that were happening. Being separated from help by miles upon miles and cast into the vastness of space left many of the crew with a sense of hopelessness.…
    July 12, 2018
  • Ward Cleaver always appeared from work just as starched and clean as he could be. Who is Ward Cleaver? Ward was the Beaver's dad in "Leave It To Beaver". He was played by a charming actor named Hugh Beaumont. He was the epitome of fatherhood along with Robert Young during the 60's. However, that was the not the…
    July 5, 2018
  • Back in the mid 60's there were a number of us in my home town of Jeffersonville, Ohio, who were devoted to sports in general and baseball in particular. During the late Spring, through the Summer and on into the warmer days of Fall, we played baseball. But the public diamonds in town were so heavily scheduled…
    June 28, 2018
  • There he was standing on the seventeenth green at Shinnecock poised to take a place in history few men have taken. A simple downhill four and a half foot putt stood between him and being tied for the lead at the U. S. Open Golf Championship going into the final hole. Three putts later Phill Mickelson walked off…
    June 21, 2018
  • Modern technology is wonderful but sometimes frustrating. Repeated attempts to log on yesterday were met with warnings that my computer had done something illegal. I kept thinking that someone was going to burst through the door at any minute and arrest my computer. I finally decided that Thursday morning was…
    June 14, 2018

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Meet the Author

Tom Kelley, pastor, speaker, lived with his wife, Becky, in Georgetown, Kentucky

...He was the Minister of the Minorsville Christian Church located near Stamping Ground, KY.

...Becky and Tom have three children; John, single and in worship ministry in Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sean, married (Jennifer, elementary school teacher) with twins (Grace and Patrick, b.d. 10/31/04) and regional director of Papa John's Pizza in Central KY; Kara, married (Vince Taylor, prison guard) and working with Hospice East in Winchester, KY.

...Tom went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  If you have been touched by Tom's writings please send an email to Tom's son at jkelley@catalystchristian.net

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