I'm Just Saying

Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

An Empty Nest Christmas

This Christmas is the first Christmas that all of our children are gone. The last one was married this year, and now they are establishing their own Christmas traditions. There is no tree in our house. The decorations are pretty, but look at tad lonely. There are no presents stacked under decorated branches, but rather packaged up and mailed to the four corners of the world. I thought it would be appropriate to express our first empty nest Christmas in a poem. (Excuse the weird formatting).

The Empty Nest Christmas


  • It is the week before Christmas     
  • And all through the house
  • Not a creature was stirring
  • Except for my spouse.

  • The stockings were hung
  • On the chimney with care
  • Though no one at Christmas
  • Would be here this year.


  • Out in the yard
  • There rose such a clatter,
  • I rushed through the door
  • To see my wife on a ladder.


  • Hanging the lights
  • For all the neighbors to see
  • They oohed and they awed,
  • And she gigged with glee.


  • The Grinch in his office
  • Was typing away,
  • She in the kitchen
  • Baking cookies all day.


  • Cookies for neighbors
  • Cookies for small group
  • Cookies for her husband
  • And Christmas time soup (it rhymed).


  • Late into the evening
  • She wrapped presents with bows
  • For grandchildren and children
  • Who lived 'round the globe.


  • Now as we await
  • Our slay to appear
  • To carry us away
  • For Christmas this year


  • On wings of Southwest
  • We will take our leave
  • Traveling to the north
  • For Christmas with Steve


  • And though our hearts wish
  • To be with all the rest
  • This is the Christmas
  • Of our first empty nest.

We look forward to spending Christmas with Steve and Jen, and to see all the video from our other Children. Merry Christmas to all you empty nesters out there. I'm just saying...