I was a journalist at The Farmville Herald in Prince Edward County, Virginia for 36 years, and the newspaper’s editor for my last quarter century there. In the fall, NewSouth Books, of Montgomery, Alabama, will publish my book about the journey of racial healing and reconciliation in Prince Edward County and first Civil Rights-era reparation in US. history. The story has important and hopeful implications for the nation. A huge blessing and opportunity came my way when Forward Day By Day, with more than half a million readers in 50 countries, asked me to write the daily spiritual meditations for January 2018. The response to those blew me away. I’ve also got a half a dozen children’s stories written (or one chapter book) and other writing projects underway…. When not doing everything my pug dog, Pugsley, asks of me, I enjoy reading and listening to music played loud enough to feel its sound waves. You’ll see me wandering through fields and forests, inevitably finding something else that astonishes me with the way God reaches out to us through the smallest details. Most afternoons find me volunteering at an after-school program for at-risk youngsters. I am a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church and I like three consecutive notes played slowly on an electric guitar that say more than 50 notes played really fast. Mostly because I play really slowly. How my wife puts up with me, I do not know. I’m simply grateful.