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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • Golf crowned its "No Tiger" champions this past weekend.  Vijay Singh of Fiji won the FedEx Cup as the most prolific golfer of the year.  However, the Tour Championship went to Sergio Garcia.  Confused?  Me too.  It seems like sports can't just look at the person with the most wins…
    December 14, 2017
  • The Cincinnati Reds have something that isn't all that normal. They have Barry Larkin. Barry has been with the Reds organization since he was drafted into Major League Baseball more than twenty years ago. That is what is not normal. Most professional athletes playing a team sport have not stayed with their original…
    December 7, 2017
  • Memorial Day is not that far off. My wife and I will be on vacation the weekend of Memorial Day. We'll be relaxing in beautiful, and hopefully sunny, Myrtle Beach. We have our reservations all set. Even know where we're going to attend church that Sunday morning. We have everything ready except for one small matter.…
    November 30, 2017
  • The mumps.  You don't hear much about the mumps anymore.  Cases of the mumps are as rare now as hens' teeth.  Since the vaccine for the mumps was licensed way back when I started my senior year of high school (oops, I forgot...you don't know when I started my senior year...it was 1967) the cases…
    November 23, 2017
  • I have very few all time favorite TV programs.  "Walker, Texas Ranger" is one of those because one of the things Chuck Norris made sure was present on his show was a strong and positive representation of God.  There were even episodes where a blatant mention of Jesus needed in a person's life for…
    November 16, 2017
  • "America's Got Talent" is a fascinating show for me.  It features the best of America and, unfortunately, the worst.  Many of the contestants are honestly gifted individuals whose talent is staggering.  As I watch, I wonder where these people have been all these years.  Then there are those…
    November 9, 2017
  • Maggie and Doris were complete strangers. Maggie was a retired department store clerk while Doris was a middle aged single woman. Maggie had lost her husband to cancer two years prior and had married children with families while Doris had no family left as an only child whose parents were killed in a car wreck.…
    November 2, 2017
  • It was one of those kind of nights. My wife and I hit the sack around ten; both of us very tired from a long day. We both seemed to drift off to sleep without any trouble. But staying asleep was what would pose the problem. If there was something that would keep us awake this would be the night that it would happen.…
    October 26, 2017
  • Every year, on the first weekend of August, my wife's family has two reunions.  The first is held on the Saturday before the first Sunday in August.  The Fridley family reunion is held on the old Fridley homestead near an area known as Crows in Western Virginia not far from Covington.  It was begun as…
    October 19, 2017
  • Many, many years ago I used to play football. Almost sounds like a fairy tale doesn't it? But I did. I was a wide receiver for a football team. This was back in the halcyon days of the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns; before those teams were considered perennial runners-up or fallers by…
    October 12, 2017
  • Something marvelous happened recently and the sports world missed it. The media made a big deal about a situation that didn't really have that huge an impact on the event it was supposed to dampen. What was missed? Tiger Woods did not compete in the 2008 British Open and it didn't make a lick of difference. Now,…
    October 5, 2017
  • "Christian."  Perhaps no other title or name elicits as diverse reaction at just the mere mention of it as does this one.  It has been applied with broad strokes by liberals who would sully its character and restricted to a fine line by exclusionists.  It speaks to a certain lifestyle, thought and…
    September 28, 2017
  • My wife and I found out that our grandchildren had never been to a county fair (or any other fair, for that matter) before.  So when the Scott County (KY) Fair was in session we took the twins and their mother for one night.  I am so glad we did.  The night got a bit of a rocky start as the forecast was for…
    September 21, 2017
  • Our society has gone low carb crazy. With the influx of Adkins and South Beach diet enthusiastists, people are weighing in on the benefits of lowering the intake of carbohydrates. I can stand in testimony that as long as you stay on the diet you will lose weight and be able to manage it. But if you go off the…
    September 14, 2017
  • Tuesday morning I officiated at the funeral service of Della Jane Roberts of Bellville, Ohio.  Della was such a great lady in that she never saw limitations, only possibilities.  She loved God, loved people and loved golf.  One of the reasons she loved golf was the distance she could get out of a golf ball. …
    September 7, 2017

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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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