Hugh’s News & Views (Comfort Words…)


From my childhood to the present there have been various words and phrases that have brought me much comfort and happiness. As we close out an exceedingly trying year I thought it might be beneficial to share a few of those words and phrases with my readers. (Each of you will have your own words and phrases). Beginning with my earliest memories, here are some of the random words and phrases that have brought solace to my soul for over 80 years.



Bigmama and Bigdaddy (what all the grandchildren on both my mother and father’s side of the family called our grandparents).



School’s out!



Bigmama Pope’s tea cakes

Sweet milk

Homemade ice cream


Fried fish (of almost any kind, salt water or fresh)

Butter beans, fried okra, fried corn, fresh sliced homegrown tomatoes, corn bread, and sweet tea (in the South “sweet tea” is pronounced as one word with two syllables)

Banana pudding

DeFuniak Springs (the hometown of my youth)

Florence, Alabama (where I finished my last two years of high school)

Mars Hill Bible School

Freed-Hardeman College (now University)

Jan (my beautiful and precious wife of over 63 years)

Brett (our devoted son)

Karen, Bryce, and Carson (our wonderful daughter-in-law and our two wonderful grandchildren)

The family

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

“…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin”

Let’s go to our heavenly Father in prayer

The church (no further descriptor is needed for me. I have not the slightest doubt but that I am a member of the church that Christ died for and established—nothing more, less, other, or else. The church has been my life.)

The Book

The Lord’s Day

The Lord’s Supper

Brethren (I prefer it to the more contemporary term “brothers”)

Gospel meeting

“Brother Hugh, we would like to schedule you for a meeting with us next year or as soon as your schedule will permit.”

“Brother Hugh, our preacher is going to be out of town next Sunday. Could you possibly come and fill the pulpit for us?”






Fruitcake (Yes, I honestly like good fruitcake)

“Well, here we are on another New Year’s Eve.”

Blackeye peas


Tomato gravy

Country ham

Sweet potato pie (Jan makes the very best)

The Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast

The Smokies

May pleasant and comforting words bless all of my readers in the New Year!

Hugh Fulford

December 29, 2020

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