When I got up this morning, I was reminded of when I was sixteen and the good Lord had answered my plea for a rabbit tracking snow. For those of you that have never experienced it, a… Continue reading
Every year at the first of December my wife decides it’s time to decorate for Christmas. Once we begin, we don’t stop until it’s all done. From talking to my buddies, I’ve decided all wives go to… Continue reading
When I was a small boy, I attended a church service that made a lasting impression on me. A senior member of the church had been buried that week. The minister was commenting on what he had heard… Continue reading
When I was about ten years old I found an old table knife in the trash. I began to play Indian and practiced throwing until I could stick it in the ground almost every time. I then started… Continue reading
Have you ever thought you were so right about something that you went into the “telling mode” and refused to listen? The end result was embarrassment and total loss of control of the entire situation.
A few years ago… Continue reading
My wife Ann keeps a picture on the refrigerator with the following caption: “Always behave like a duck. Keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.”
I can think of several people this advice applies… Continue reading
In my book, Sugar Creek, I describe the Gilliam Grist Mill, located on Still House Creek. I discovered the remains of the grist mill when I was a teenager with several hunting buddies, James McGill, Gerald Dockery and Gene Ward.… Continue reading
Lots of things get your attention; like ice-cold water on your face, loud noises or the sweet aroma of your favorite foods, but have you ever heard a statement that stopped you in your tracks? The YES’S change our lives,… Continue reading
Last Thursday was a special day for me. It was Adele Mercier’s 95th birthday. The party at the Apple House ran from 11 until 2. Sometimes we don’t realize how important some of our friends are. I arrived early and… Continue reading
Raland J. Patterson earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance from National University. For the past 18 years he worked as a financial planner.
The last six were spent as Regional Vice-President in Europe, responsible for 20 different offices located in seven countries. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot from 1970-1971 with the First Cavalry Division.
When he retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel, he had logged 22 years of active duty. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and 14 air medals, among other awards.
After travelling extensively, he now lives in his hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He brings an insiders knowledge of detailed military protocol and experience along with small town American values.