She Walks in Beauty

Seventy-two summers ago I met Ann. I remember the first time I met her.  It was the summer of 1948 and the location was St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Carolina Beach, North Carolina.  She was an extraordinarily beautiful young woman, but it was only a reflection of the beauty within. I do not know how I […]

Remembering Mom

Mom as a Young Girl C1895  June 26 was Mom’s birthday. What a wonderful woman she was.  She had a heart full of love, and goodness radiated from her like sunshine.  How blessed I was to call her Mom. Mom C 1910 In 1912 she married the young Dr. Branch Tucker Fields.  A short twelve […]

Dad

1895 I loved my father.  He was 56 years old when I was born, so in some ways he was more like a grandfather.  I held him in awe, but he never showed me anything but kindness and concern.  He was a rock of support, a shelter in any storm. 1928 Lord, I thank you […]

Mother

Words are often inadequate to express deep emotions.  How does one describe love? I only know that I was wrapped in a cocoon of deep affection from the time I arrived on earth.  At the center of it all was my mother – that wonderful woman that I was privileged to call Mom.   I […]

Have a Blessed Easter

Tomorrow we celebrate the resurrection of our blessed Lord and Savior.  At this time I have chosen to repeat some things I wrote before.  Please read and think about it. I have always appreciated the writings of C.S. Lewis.  I have paraphrased some of his arguments in the following paragraphs. We will never understand God […]

The Hills of Carolina

Asheville, NC  North Carolina extends about 500 miles east to west, from the Atlantic seashore to the Appalachian mountains.  As a young boy I lived about half-way between, near the city of Greensboro; and during the summer we would usually vacation at the shore.  Eventually, my father purchased property at Carolina Beach, and we moved […]

Family Love

  On the afternoon of December 16, 1951, Ann McGuire and I stepped out of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Carolina Beach, North Carolina as man and wife. The Happy Couple After a brief honeymoon, we established a home for two in a small cottage in Chapel, Hill, North Carolina.  Over the next seven months I […]

Get Out of Here!

  In 1978 my brother Branch Fields lost his dear wife Ruth to cancer.  They had celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary earlier that year. In 1979 Branch came east to visit family and friends in North Carolina, and he also managed to spend a few days with us in Columbia, Maryland.  We really enjoyed his […]

A Tribute to Family

I am a member of a large and complex extended family.  This post contains selective photographs of my parents, half-brothers and sisters, and other members of their several families.  The information herein is primarily of interest to my sons, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, but I hope that others may also find it informative. I am […]

The Last Jar

My daughter-in-law Joy shared the following story with her extended family.  I thought it a very loving and beautiful  tribute to her Dad and to family. While our kitchen was being packed for our next move, Lucy was packing-up our pantry items. She came upon an old jar of sweet potatoes in the back corner of […]