Ponderings by Dan Ponder

Rangers lead the way

Yesterday, he was just a fun-loving kid.  His long blond curls and athletic body made him popular with the girls and the friend that every boy wanted to hang out with.  He was a smart kid, polite, and easy to be around. This week, I was proud to watch as my nephew, Davis Evans Ponder,…

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Who’s listening?

It took four tries before I finally got through to the customer service representative for my telephone and internet service.  I went through this long list of options before finally getting to the right place. Once the automated system finally got me where I thought I was supposed to be, the phone would ring. Four…

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Planting the seeds for tomorrow

Hilton Head Island was the site for our latest visit this past weekend with my college roommate, Bill, and his wife, Pam.   Mary Lou and I visited Hilton Head many times in the early years of our marriage, but it has probably been two decades since we visited the popular vacation spot. Like many…

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Tag. You’re it.

The minister was asking the small kids during children’s church to raise their hands if they had ever played the game “Tag”.  In this day of video games and cell phones, it was good to see that every youngster raised their hand high. The next question was if they knew what “Base” was.  It is…

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Tulips and trash

Each year without fail, the tulips at our office and my home shoot up without warning. There is always an early bird or two which gives a hint as to the color that particular bed will be.  At my request, I don’t know which colors are planted.  I like surprises. At the same time, the…

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Catching up with old friends

Sometimes friendship stands the test of time even when many years pass between visits.  Such was the case when Mary Lou and I had dinner with our old friends Jerry and Lynne Weldon Schwarzauer. Mary Lou, Lynne and I met at Girard Junior High School in Dothan.  We became good friends and remained that way…

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My other family

What does the word family mean to you?  For most it is a very strong word. It defines in one word those with whom you share a special bond.  That bond can be genetic as in the case of parents, children, aunts, uncles, and cousins. That bond can be just as strong without a blood…

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The Science of Silence

A tour of an unfinished structure does not often give enough interesting material for a weekly article. Mary Lou and I had the opportunity to tour the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center in Auburn this past weekend.  It was a visit that was almost overwhelming as I learned what goes on behind the…

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Cheering for your opponent

It is hard to cheer for your opponent, particularly in sports.   I know the Biblical references talk about loving your enemy and turning the other cheek, but do they really apply to modern day sports? The rivalries that drive big time college sports are becoming more intense over time.  There are more rabid fans…

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Taking a walk

We took our three oldest grandchildren, Henry, Laura and Will to Auburn last weekend, leaving behind Baby Andrew and the two sets of parents.   Sometimes the holidays are just too hectic to get in a good visit with this next generation.  Granny and I arranged to have them all to ourselves. We made in…

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