A rare find

A rare find

By John Pierce While pounding the payment this afternoon I came upon a rare and wondrous sight: a pick-up football game. In the yard. Without uniforms. No helicopter parents telling the kids what they should or shouldn’t have done on the last play. No constraints of a...
More than an act

More than an act

By John Pierce Today the class of 1978 dedicated a room in the Berry College student center in memory of Dan Biggers who died in 2011. We’ve been pitching in funds for a few years to honor this man who was so good to us. The former dean of students and keeper of...
How we say it matters

How we say it matters

By John Pierce Often I need the reminder, “It’s not just what you say but how you say it.” Those of us who tend to be rather direct — and somewhat blunt — in making our points can be correct in our statements yet inadequate in communicating needed sensitivity and...
The growing years

The growing years

By John Pierce [Note: My brother, Robert Franklin Pierce Jr., was a minister in the North Georgia Conference of United Methodists. He died Sept. 1 after years of struggling with a variety of health concerns. These are some of my reflections on our growing up...