About this Blog
You will find the best of life huddling around humor, family, spirituality, travel and the art of taradidding. I have spent my life as a road warrior, traveling to a variety of places of the world, meeting people one-by-one, enjoying their up and downs, and their coming and going. Now, in retirement, I have time to weave together the many memories into a written collage of truths and taradiddles.
A taraddidle is a prevarication of the truth, a story, or a tiny lie. My writing aims to tell truths and stories–some exactly as I remember them and others spiced a bit for interest and readability. I will leave it for you, the reader, to separate one from the other.
So, I have coined a new term–“Taraddidling”–the art of recording the oral tradition as it might be expressed by a community of people putting in their two bits to formulate the story as they all remember it.
About the Writer
Spent childhood and youth in the Shinar Cumberland Presbyterian Church, New London, Iowa
B.S. from Bethel University 1967, Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University 1970, Doctor of Ministry from Vanderbilt University 1973
Clinical Pastoral Education at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN 1972
Spanish Language Certification from Spanish Language School in San Jose, Costa Rica 1975-76
Missionary in Colombia, South America 1975-1983
Pastor of Churches in Camden, TN; Armenia, Colombia; Louisville, KY; and Oak Ridge, TN
Director of Global Missions for the Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination 1991-2012
Retired in 2012
Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Memphis Theological Seminary
Professor of the Program of Alternate Studies of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
International Travel Guide and Storyteller
Magazines: Leadership, Decision, Cumberland Presbyterian, Missionary Messenger, The Deacon, and others.
Books: These Are My Witnesses
God’s Mighty Acts around the Globe 2013
God’s Mighty Acts around the Globe – A Study Guide 2014
Chasing Rainbows 2015
Obedience–A Personal Choice 2016
Married to Marjorie Wenos Watkins
Five Children: Diann, Timothy, Wendy, David, Steve
Hobbies: Tennis, Pottery, Writing, and Travel
Resident of Sun City, Arizona