Welcome to MYRAdical Life.com. It is simply the stories of my life mixed with my observations of God moving in the world. Here is how this site began:
When Lucy Strumbos suggested that I write about my radical life, (and she cleverly combined the words for a title), I laughed out loud. Then I looked up the definition of radical and found: “extreme, especially regarding change from accepted or traditional forms”. The laughter continued ….only now at myself. My life has always been filled with extremes and I circle in an orbit far from “traditional”. Whether my stories and ponderings are of any interest to anyone, I haven’t a clue. But I write them to help me remember and for my friends and my grandchildren.
So what makes my life so “radical”. I’m not sure, but I think it’s the fact that I am an observer and a story teller. I will go back to the beginning of my career at a TV station in Nashville Tennessee where I had worked my way into a job in the newsroom. The other new hire that summer became my friend and newsroom buddy – Oprah Winfrey. (How’s that for an extraordinary beginning…). I should note here that Oprah’s talent took her to the head of the class/newsroom very quickly. She had a prized anchor spot on the 10:00 news while I was a production assistant and filled in as a sports reporter. But we shared a love for the news, for communicating and the moment was not lost on either of us. In a world of Woodward and Bernstein, Oprah and I were learning to be journalists, observers by literally watching and studying the world around us and how it was reported. Our worlds revolved around the news, how it was reported and the nuances of how the reports were written. ( I actually got my job because while I sat in the office waiting for the News Director (Chris Clarke) , I picked up his scripts for that night and began correcting the grammar.) It was fascinating and exciting. Those days, fleeting as they were, would stay with me forever.
Somewhere along the line, I began to be intrigued by observing not just the world, but how God moves in the world and in my life. It’s a story worth reporting and its one that continues each day.