Opening an old Tennessee book: An Extremely Strange Coincidence or a God-Wink Moment? Mike Sparks



A Extremely Strange Coincidence or a God-Wink Moment?

Albert Einstein once stated “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Dr. Carl Jung wrote: “When coincidences pile up in this way, one cannot help being impressed by them – for the greater the number of terms in such a series, or the more unusual its character, the more improbable it becomes.”

The other-day I decided I would clean up our book shelves and take some books to Smyrna West School for their library. I noticed a book that was titled ‘Biographical
Directory of The Tennessee General Assembly Volume VII 1991-2016.

The book is published by The Tennessee Historical Society by Kristofer Ray, PhD with research by Ann Toplovich.


Senator Douglas Henry
(This is from my Facebook post April 18, 2013) I had the opportunity to introduce my intern Ashley North to “Southern Democrat” Senator Douglas Henry who first served in 1955. In his Southern drawl he said “Your Republican friends may not like that picture son”, I said “I dont care” lol. Ive known Ashley & her sister Whitney since they were about 5&6, she was a former Smyrna High Class President & Miss Motlow & the greatest intern here in the entire 2013 General Assembly. I said Ashley one day you’ll look back & be glad you were able to meet Senator Henry. I asked him if he thought of switching parties, he said “No, my father and his father & his father’s father were Democrats & I cant do that”, I said “Has Senator Tracy asked you to switch?”, he said “No hes knows better!” Lol (PRICELESS)

The book is dedicated to the memory of my late friend Senator Douglas Henry.


Ironically, a few years ago I had called Senator Henry and wanted to interview him about his life and he graciously stated yes— with much enthusiasm. I was trying to schedule an MTSU TV news student from class to help do the video and waited a few weeks. I then called his office and they sadly said Senator Henry went into hospice care. I learned a lesson that day not to put off anything— since we’re not promised tomorrow.



… Back to the book, the Tennessee Biographical Directory I found. When I opened it my thumb strangely landed on the late Kent Coleman’s life’s information. Kent was my political opponent and a really good guy—much more qualified than I (Vanderbilt graduate/Attorney with an BA in Economics).Sadly, he passed away 2016. He courageously fought a battle with Cystic Fibrosis for many  years—being one of the longest survivors of the disease.

I thought that was very strange. I then started looking at other’s information. I noticed all the many representatives that have since passed away such as Jim Coley, Ron Lollar, Barbara Cooper, Roy Herron, Harold Love Sr., Mike Liles and recently Rep. Bill Beck — who I and thousands of others considered a friend.

The scriptures tell us we will all give an account for our lives—what we’ve done and what we’ve failed to do.

You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.’ ~Romans 14:10-12

Needless to say—I didn’t throw the book away and placed it back on the self to remind me of how short life is.

The late Dr. William ‘Bill’ Chance.

I was then reminded of all the words of wisdom and scriptures from my late Scotch-Irish mother, Step-father Dr. William ‘Bill’ Chance (his famous life quote-Practice! Practice! Practice!) and my WW11 B17 flying ‘hard military’ father were all right after all.