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Thoughts On Death And Dying Time most certainly is running out. For all of us. That message couldn’t have come home more true to me than any other over the past week or so with the passing of my last grandparent. I’m going to be 49 in a few months and it’s amazing to think […]

The following are portions of my eulogy for my grandma, Retha Jackson Claxton, delivered at Rees Funeral Home in Hobart, IN, Aug. 20, 2014. The passing of grandma marked the last of my living grandparents.  Eulogy For Grandma Claxton This morning I will attempt to deliver a eulogy the last time as the eldest grandchild […]

“Leader Chain,” The PC Way Of Saying “Choke Collar”  We took Maycee, our 12-week-old Great Pyrenees to the vet this week and I mentioned to him that our pup, when we go for walks, tends to make the first portion a drag. Literally. And so he started talking about harnesses, which he said aren’t effective, […]

Happy 90th Birthday Grandma Claxton Today is the 90th birthday of my grandmother, Retha Jackson Claxton. She was born this day in North Alabama in 1924. There are so many wonderful things this woman has done for me in these past 48 and a half years, probably should add another nine months and kick it […]

Parents, Let Your Adult ‘Children’ Be Adults is featuring a story this morning of a 20-year-old woman who left home a few days ago and took a cab from Homewood, AL to Huntsville and has been holed up in a hotel without telling her family where she is. Let me repeat here, she’s 20 years […]

Cafe Del Rio – Mesquite Finally Has  Great Mexican Restaurant Again If you’ve been longing for great Tex-Mex in North Texas and you’re fatigued with the more popular chains, your taste buds are in luck. Cafe Del Rio is open in Allen and Mesquite. More importantly that means that Mesquite, Texas has a great Tex-Mex restaurant again. […]

My daughters are growing up. It’s a daily event, but there seem to be certain waypoints along the way. These days, my eldest is soon to begin her senior year in high school, while the twins are beginning their sophomore year. Two of the three now have entered the workforce. Dabbled in it. One is […]

A Note To My Grandchildren It’s May 2, 2014 and at this point in my life, I don’t have any grandchildren. Just three wonderful teenage daughters who still are trying to figure out who and what they’re going to be in this world. Many days, even like today at my age of 48, I’m still […]

Goodbye 47 I’m running out of time. That is, if I want to get this posted before midnight which by the calendar, but not by actual time, marks my 48th birthday. Compared to the last four years, this has been the best, by far and for multiple reasons. And yet with each ticking of the […]

John Ed Mathison–How God Redefined My Possible Just a few days past Thanksgiving in 2012, I was in Montgomery, Alabama visiting my mom when I went and met with long-time United Methodist Preacher John Ed Mathison about a book he’d written and was contemplating turning into a book for iPad. The title–When God Redefines The […]

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