Archive for the 'The Real Me' 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 […]

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 […]

THE NEWSROOM Several of my friends posted on my Facebook wall Saturday p.m. about how distraught I must have been about Auburn losing to Texas A&M.  I really was not. Truth is, I didn’t even watch the game, and for that matter, haven’t sat beginning to end for an entire collegiate game all season. I’ve […]

The Writer’s Journey For much of my life I have been in love with writing. If you jump over to TraverseAdventures.com, you’ll see a reference to the window at 208 Fortress Street on what was KI Sawyer AFB, in Gwinn, Michigan. From that window of opportunity,  I would sit at my kidney bean desk and a children’s […]

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 […]




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