Ponderings by Dan Ponder

Two strangers and a blanket of green

Okay.  I will go ahead and admit that today was not my best day.   I drove 40 miles to pay a contractor for work at our cabin at Compass Lake and forgot my checkbook.   It was a sign of things to come. After having to drive back to Donalsonville to get to my…

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Be careful with your words

It was the very first time I had ever done it.  I actually “unfriended” someone on Facebook.  Not because I disliked them.  Actually I would consider them a personal friend.  Rather, it was because of their continued comments about politics that I could no longer tolerate. In this incredibly divided world that we live in,…

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A voice lost but never forgotten

“Touchdown Auburn”.  It was a call made famous by the legendary voice of the Auburn Tigers, Jim Fyffe. He found his voice just five years after my graduation from Auburn 1976. His tragic death following a brain aneurysm at the age of 58 left the Auburn Family devastated.  Who could replace the legendary voice of…

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Evil in paradise

I hiked a thousand miles of the Appalachian Trail in my early 40s.  My wife was asked if I was trying to find myself.  The answer was no, but I did want to prove to myself that I could endure a long backpacking trip.  I wanted to know if I was man enough to be…

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The cry of the osprey

They were the tallest of the original cypress trees and once dotted the shoreline of Compass Lake.  Gradually they were lost to loggers and lightning.  By the time I was a boy all that remained were a few of their soaring trunks.  These wooden monuments were surrounded by other healthy cypress trees, which would have…

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Well done good and faithful servant

I left my home for college just before I turned 18.  Except for Summer vacations, I never lived with my parents again though they were always a close and important part of my life. Eighteen years is a generation, the time it takes for a newborn to become an adult.  It is the blink of…

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What a week it was

It has been just over 200 days now since Hurricane Michael visited our area.  There have been some good days and bad days since then.  Progress has been slow but steady.  Changes are starting to become the new normal.  However, I do not think that I have had such a good week since October 10th…

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It ain’t over till it’s over

American baseball legend Yogi Berra probably never went through a hurricane, certainly not like Hurricane Michael. However, his classic comment has been used time and again to remind people to wait, because the final struggle might still be around the corner. It has now been almost 200 days since Hurricane Michael roared through this area…

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Notre Dame will survive

The flying buttresses were the first thing that attracted me to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. They were a nearly perfect example of an architectural feature that allowed buildings to be built with soaring ceilings before the invention of iron beams. I always wanted to be an architect while I was growing up. I had…

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Getting over March Madness

I will not lie to you.  It was a sucker punch to the gut.  It left me feeling sick to my stomach.  Defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory in the longest six seconds of my life. Mary Lou and I have been loyally following the Auburn Tigers basketball team all year as they…

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