The Venerable Mead was born in Florence, South Carolina on this day in 1930. Herbert Hoover was in the White House, economic recovery was “just around the corner”, and some of his father’s medical patients still payed their bills by leaving sacks of pecans and other local products on the back porch. After a long career in the Episcopal Church he is still active in local and national church affairs, consulting with bishops and parishes and speaking at events in this country and abroad. He has also blogged here on Via Meadia; readers can find his posts here and here.He lives with the Grand Matriarch in the 61st year of their married life, a constant presence in the lives of their four children, seven grandchildren and first great-grandchild and is among this blog’s most attentive and constant readers. He’s welcome here as a guest blogger any time.