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Ask for Mia During Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville, IN Headed through Merrillville, Indiana?  Need a comfortable place to stay that includes breakfast? I’m not talking about the microwaved sausages and eggs that some places serve. This is cooked food, like omelets, bacon, sausage links, waffles, and country potatoes. What’s better than that? The service. […]

Southwest Airlines and Early-Bird Check-in As I said in the previous post, I LUV to fly Southwest Airlines. I have friends who work there, too, and the culture is admirable. But I have an issue with the whole Early-Bird Check-In scheme they’re running. To me it’s below the cultural integrity established long ago by the […]

How Southwest Lost Business from BHM to US Airways I Luv to fly Southwest, but there are some things that they do that I just can’t explain and in this post I’m going to cover one of them. Last week my last grandparent died. Grandma Claxton lived to 90 years and two days. The funeral was this […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parents, Let Your Adult ‘Children’ Be Adults AL.com 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 […]

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. […]




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