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June 14, 2014

RICHARDSON: Confessions of my many shortcomings

MILLEDGEVILLE — The preacher was quickly whipping his congregation into a frenzy.

“Tell it all brother, tell it all!” was his message. Time and again he used the phrase to persuade his parishioners to admit their sins and failings to the world and be released from the burden of those shortcomings.

“Tell it all brother, tell it all!” he continued to shout.

Slowly the audience began to respond. A sad looking man stood and said to the crowd, “I have gambled away my family’s rent money” and the preacher responded “Tell it all brother, tell it all!” 

From another pew a man admitted that his drunkenness had ruined his life.

“Tell it all brother, tell it all!” was once more the response.

The admissions continued until a haggard looking man in the back stood up and admitted to an act so unspeakably shocking that the entire church went immediately silent and the parson, in obvious distress said, “Dang brother, I don’t believe I’d have told that!”

Of course that’s an old joke but it goes to our point for today. I have decided to make my own disclosures that, in some cases have never been told to another living soul, and in other cases have been known by only a select few who have been blackmailed into secrecy. So here and now I will confess and attempt to lighten the burden that these acts have placed upon me over the ensuing years. As part of this I offer a disclaimer as well. If any of these admissions are (or have ever been) considered criminal acts they are actually a feeble attempt on my part to brag or bring attention to myself and are totally false.

So here goes, and I hope this does not have the effect of getting me into trouble when all I’m trying to do is clear the air and get it off my chest.

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