Archive for the 'Family' Category

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 […]

My Dad–Lt. Col. Bernie Claxton, USAF-Retired  Happy Father’s Day 2014. My Dad has the distinction of being the only person I’ve ever known who got thrown out of a little league baseball game.  It happened in 1974 or ’75, perhaps’76, but he was our coach. The umpire was making calls that Dad felt weren’t being […]

Red Lion Hotels, thank you. For today is my Mom’s 67th birthday and she’s in Portland staying at your airport hotel. That’s basically all the info I had–“red…. something hotel by the airport,” she mentioned as I drove her to DFW yesterday. So this morning, I got on Google and searched “red hotel airport Portland,” […]

MEMORIAL DAY 2014  – Honoring A Fallen Hero It was two days before my sixth birthday that USAF soldier Sgt.  Thomas E. Fike was killed in Viet Nam on a helicopter piloted by my dad. They were flying over the jungle near Saigon. My dad wrote in a report that they’d seen a “black” something […]

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 […]

W. Cartwright in Mesquite –One of the most dangerous curves in North Texas I’ve been in the Stoneleigh Apartment complex in Mesquite/Balch Springs, Texas for almost four years now. Over that time, there have been multiple single-car accidents at the intersection exiting the complex and into the curve headed toward Belt Line Road. Most of […]

Domestic Violence is Real, and it’s Serious There have been two murder-suicides in Dallas in as many days. Domestic Violence is a real and serious crime and far too often it goes unreported and when it is reported, many times little or nothing is done about it until it’s too late. As a victim of […]

The Melancholy of Divorce On my Facebook wall today are two photos with me and my dog, Molly, my Great Pyrenees we got in 2008 as a puppy and raised to a 70-lb adult, gentle giant. It’s almost been four years now since the collapse of my marriage with K., expedited largely by external corruption […]

In Hard Times God Was With Them–Do You Think He’s Forgotten You?  Sunday in the a.m and p.m. services, Prestoncrest Church of Christ’s Gordon Dabbs drew two amazing word pictures that have helped continue to reshape my focus and attitude the past few days, and I feel compelled to share them here. You know I […]

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 […]




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