Neatly Folded Flags

November 08, 2013
A neatly folded flag is displayed in a hand-made walnut frame in my office.  It is the flag that draped the casket of World War II veteran Paul A. McAlpin of Selmer, Tennessee, who lived to the ripe old age of 92.  I am proud to have custody of it for a while.  

Paul was my uncle by virtue of his marriage to my grandfather’s sister, and so he was not a blood relative.  But he was my favorite uncle.... Read More >

A Challenge for the Weekend: Five Ways to Give Without Money

October 25, 2013

Being generous is about so much more than giving away money. In fact, sometimes sharing your time and talents can be the most rewarding. There are some simple things you can do to be generous that don’t cost a thing – here are a handful of my faves. Consider this a challenge to be generous without giving money this weekend!

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Sharing the Harvest

October 03, 2013

For more than eight years my husband Jeremy has tried to convince me to move out of our comfortable subdivision life.  

“More land, more freedom, more living off the land,” he said, “like the old timers did.” 

Well, I finally submitted to his more-than-gentle nudging. 

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30 Years in the Making

August 26, 2013

I guess you could call this a project 30 years in the making. Welcome to the True Balance blog, brought to you by your friends at First Southern National Bank.

You may be thinking… What? A blog? What in the world is True Balance? 

For three decades we’ve opened our bank doors day after day – praying that we would make decisions that would help grow the bank and move us in the right direction. All the while we’ve sought to maintain balance in our own personal and professional lives. 

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