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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • Is he back? Isn't he back? Probably. This week has been a difficult one for writing a column. If I was one of those guys who has all the toys, laptop included, I could have kept up. But I don't, so I missed Monday morning (on the road to Florida) and Wednesday morning (on the road back home to Kentucky). I am…
    September 10, 2009
  • My apologies for yesterday's absence. I was overnighting in Walterboro, South Carolina on my way to see my nephews in Florida. Today's message is much later than my normal time and, for those who are used to it being there when you awake in the morning, I apologize for that as well. I felt that a visit with my…
    September 3, 2009
  • Benjamin Spock once said (or was it Mr. Spock on Star Trek), "Trust Yourself. You know more than you think." Many people panic when the pressure is applied for them to perform from the depths of their knowledge. I remember my first time delivering a speech before my Toastmasters club members where I had to have…
    August 27, 2009
  • Not long ago I told a good friend of mine that we were expecting the pitter patter of little feet around our house late this year. Knowing my wife and I to both be in our mid 50's he cocked one eyebrow and asked, "So, are you getting a Chihuahua?" "No," I responded, "we're expecting our first grandchild sometime…
    August 20, 2009
  • There we were, along with twenty-five other teams, hoping that it would quit. Surely it wouldn't continue for the rest of the round. Surely it would stop. I mean, this is for a good cause. We're benefitting a quality mission organization here. Someplace along the way we have to get a break. At every next tee it…
    August 13, 2009
  • Spending a weekend in Ohio is usually fun for me. I get the chance to see people I haven't seen for some time and spend time with some really great friends. This past weekend was one of those fun weekends with one exception. Everyone was talking about the Ohio State Buckeyes football team now mired in a three…
    August 6, 2009
  • "He's a snappy dresser." "He looks very dapper." "He has that GQ look." These phrases are associated with men and how they look in their clothes. The idea of a snappy dresser could be a man in a worsted wool blazer in a bright summer color with a freshly pressed and starched dress shirt. Someone in a tweed jacket…
    July 30, 2009
  • Rising straight up out of the water is the Lorain West Breakwater Light near Lorain, Ohio. It is a simple frame structure looking more like an old house than a lighthouse. The light tower protrudes from the front left corner of the structure as a straight column that projects some ten feet above the roof level.…
    July 23, 2009
  • Not long ago someone asked me what I would do if I were ever given a comb. For those of you who have not seen me in some time or who do not know me at all, I am, well, follically challenged. I am bald. What hair I have is trimmed very short. So when faced with the above mentioned question I responded very solemnly,…
    July 16, 2009
  • I'm back. Bet a lot of you didn't even realize I was gone. I did receive a number of phone calls and, from what I heard from some close friends, some e-mails asking what happened to me. Truth be told I got caught up in the swirling mass that is the internet. I was swept away by the impersonal manner in which some…
    July 9, 2009
  • 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…
    July 2, 2009

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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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