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My Garden of Life

I just finished watering my crops. Since most of them are planted in 5-gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, I have to water them just about every day. It seems that the ones planted into the earth stay hydrated longer and appear healthier than the ones in the buckets. They simply have a better foundation. more

It’s a miracle baby

I was tired. I went to bed that night without getting a shower. My stinky golf clothes were on the floor. I think I slept for 45 minutes when it started. It was a little past 1:00 a.m. on Friday the 13th. 

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Tailgating brings back memories

Sunday afternoon, I found myself sitting in the bed of Loretta, Lucy’s 1978 Ford pickup truck. While sitting in the bed was nice, it didn’t stir up a lot of memories. On the other hand, sitting on the tailgate and on the side certainly conjured … more

Repairing brokenness to come to a new place - whole, but different

In 2001, just a few months before 9/11, Lucy, my ex-wife, went to New York with her mom. They went to see several Broadway shows while in the Big Apple. She bought a snow globe filled with the city’s top landmarks and signs of the more popular … more

Corporate interests are warping the internet

Ajit Pai, the current FCC chairman and a former lawyer for Verizon, has repealed net neutrality. To do this, he had to solicit public to comment on the matter. more

Birds, Bees, and Knobby Knees

 No one ever promised us life would be easy. We all face challenges and have our shares of ups and downs. I’ve had more ups and downs than a kangaroo on a Pogo Stick all jacked up on Mountain Dew, and that’s okay. I wouldn’t be the person I … more

Putting the law on the side of crime victims

While there are things I enjoy about public service, there are times when we deal with issues that are not fun, but are of critical importance. more

‘Healthier’ is actually a relative term

I planned on killing my first deer this year. It would have been nice to have that trophy buck hanging on my wall next to Jesus, Bo Jackson and Velvet Elvis, but that touch of class will have to wait until next year. I may not have been blessed with … more

Thank God I’m a Country Boy

I reckon I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, but since I don’t really listen to rock and roll, I’d have to say I’m more country than anything else. I’m not saying I’m country as a turnip green, but I did eat a plate … more

A sweet church with sweet people

Last Sunday, I was the guest speaker at Eagle Creek Baptist Church in Middle of Nowhere, Alabama. The church is just a few miles from where both my mama and daddy grew up. In fact, my maternal grandparents are buried in the nearby Eagle Creek … more

The Horse Whisperer and Ice Cream

Lucy, Emily, and I were driving to Mimi’s house and talking about who knows what. I’m sure it was something I was doing wrong. You know, ever since she’s been pregnant, I can do no right. more

On the road and missing my fur babies

All was right in the world Thursday night as I had my dog’s head laying on my chest and my cat right smack dab next to my head. They love me. That’s for sure. After a week of traveling and boarding, we were all under one roof. I was pretty much … more

Having a little patience usually pays off

Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. For the most part, I have patience; I just hate waiting. It used to not be a problem. I chalk it up to my PTSD. On Friday, I was … more

Some things are crystal clear

Most men are proud of their power tools. Last week, I tried putting up a mailbox but ran into all sorts of issues. My drill just wasn’t getting the job done. I couldn’t get the wood screws to screw all the way into the wood. I was bummed. I felt … more

Analysis: For three Texas leaders, even some losses could be victories

The special session of the Texas Legislature could come out like a soccer tournament for for 5-year-olds: No matter what happens, everybody gets a trophy … more

Don Roberts is Dining with God

By any definition, Don Roberts lived a successful life. He loved God. He loved his family, friends, and former students. more

Know your pets’ signals

Last week, Abbey, my cat, started urinating all over my house as if she was a four-year-old boy who’d just discovered that the world was his urinal. After doing some online research, I cleaned out her litter box more often than usual and moved her … more

Down by the river

I grew up around water. When I was a kid, there was a little creek running through our back yard. I spent countless hours back there catching crawdads, salamanders, and minnows. I only had to watch out for two things: snakes and glass. While I was … more

Give your old stuff to others, not the landfill

My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn’t get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone.In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top … more

Life is full of special moments

Friday was a special day. I had the honor of giving the closing keynote at the Alabama Conference of Social Work in beautiful Orange Beach, Ala. My role and goal was to show my appreciation for conference attendees and to send them on their way … more
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