Archive for the 'Thank You' 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 […]

The Artist’s Way This morning I began something new. Morning Pages. They came at the behest of Julie Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, a book that’s been referred to multiple times now in the work I’m doing in the SMU Writer’s Path program. Morning Pages are simple. You wake up. You grab a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Albertson’s Has Archway Cookies Wedding Cake! I have a confession to make. Since Saturday I have gone thru THREE boxes of Albertson’s Archway Cookies’ Wedding Cake. To me, this stuff is the equivalent of holiday crack. I could go without turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate chip cookies, all of that, […]




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