Archive for the 'Family' Category

My friend Winton Blount III died in Montgomery, AL this morning at the age of 70. In 1993, after working on the City Stages music festival in Birmingham, I interviewed with Winton the day after it ended in his Montgomery offices at the corner of the Boulevard and Vaughn Road. That week in Birmingham, I’d […]

Christmas 2014 Is Over  It’s been a depressing sort of weekend. With Christmas Day Thursday, and daughter Chandler’s 18th birthday to follow Friday, I went ahead and removed our trees and decorations Thursday evening. Yeah, Christmas night everything came down and was boxed up in hopes I’m still alive to unpack it and put it […]

Merry Dec. 4, 2014. Is Christmastime just a day for you at the end of the month or do you celebrate throughout December? I often find that Dec. 23 and 24 get here so fast that I’ve largely trudged through each day of the month as though it didn’t count. Terminal cancer patients often seem […]

A counseling friend of mine once described the Holidays as “the time we leave friends and loved ones to go be with family.” My own family has been going through a painful trial the past few weeks, the details of which I will not go into. But it has been a time for prayer, consoling, […]

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 […]

The Death Of Squeaky Toy 1 Word is fast-spreading this Saturday morning that Maycee, our 12-week-old Great Pyrenees puppy, has indeed killed Squeaky Toy 1 by biting it to death and dispersing its synthetic cotton inners across the living room floor. We are writing to affirm those reports and to provide additional insight.  This morning, after our […]

My Great Pyrenees Maycee At 10 Weeks Life has certainly changed around here the past week with the addition of Maycee, our now 10-week and two-day old Great Pyrenees. Wednesday we went to the vet for our nine-week’s shots. Our wonderful breeder had said she might have weighed about 8.5 lbs when we got her. […]

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. […]

It’s A New Day – My Walk With God And Maycee Yesterday at the vet Maycee, our new Great Pyrenees, weighed in at 16 lbs.  She’ll double that in about six weeks. Last night before bed, we took her on an extended walk. She didn’t whimper for a potty break in her crate all night. […]

My Great Pyrenees Molly & Maycee – Letting Go And Letting In When my twin daughters were on their way, my mother-in-law at the time told me that loving the new daughters would be done in a special way–not replacing the daughter I had, but making way a new space in my heart for the […]




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