Getting It Wrong

I know I’m not the only one who has trouble with song lyrics from time to time. I was a grown adult before realizing that the line in “Jingle Bells” was not “In a one-horse soap and sleigh.” I always thought that, in addition to being something you cleaned with, soap was also used to […]

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At The Movies

These days, most of my movie watching is done via streaming services like Netflix, or Amazon Prime. Though I’ve never rented DVDs from Redbox, I do miss stocking up on videos at Blockbuster to cocoon on those cold, wet, winter weekends. Although I’m spoiled by the convenience of watching whatever I wish on demand, I still enjoy […]

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He’s Gone…But Never Forgotten

After a full life spanning 90 years, my father recently passed. We were very close and it was difficult letting him go. At his funeral service, I asked John Hairston to deliver my remarks as I knew I would be unable  to maintain the necessary composure. He did a splendid job.  I’d like to share those remarks with you […]

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Saying Goodbye

While I have never been one of those who elevate pets to the same level as humans (though I have known several people who I would definitely rank below turtles and most other animals) I have enjoyed the companionship of dogs and on occasion a few cats. Growing up, I had a succession of dogs. […]

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We Went Skydiving, We Went Rocky Mountain….

Before I get to this week’s story: A quick note of thanks to all of you who joined us at the release party for my third book. Great craft beer from FEB, Bernies was a great venue, and we had a wonderful time. Thanks for making it special. Now on to the story: Leaping out […]

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The Duck…er… Deer Hunter

Recently, I wrote about the adventures of two successful young deer hunters. My own experience was not nearly so successful. While growing up, we moved around a lot and I never had the opportunity to go deer hunting. In my defense, I don’t think there are many deer in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Boston. But […]

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Offshore World Championship

The fishing was good this past year, though the weather did play havoc with some of the fishing tournaments. The Vixen team was fortunate to win the spring, Mississippi Gulf Coast Big Game Club’s Jeff Alexander tournament. This qualifies us to fish the Offshore World Championship down in Quepos, Costa Rica next April. Dr. Don […]

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Letting Go

One of the toughest parts of being a parent is when it comes time to let go and give our kids their wings. I know it was for us. This post includes a letter that deals with our struggle. It was written to my daughter, Brittany, upon her graduation from high school. April 22, 2012 Brittany, […]

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Treasure Hunting for Black Bart’s Cache

Hunting for treasure is the stuff of dreams for most of us. It certainly was for my daughter, Brittany, when we set out in search of Black Bart’s treasure cache—not the type you might expect. ***[We’re fishing hard this time of year so this week I’m reposting an earlier blog in case you missed it.]*** […]

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My first boat

Recently, I wrote about my first big (at least, big for me) boat.  But it certainly wasn’t my first boat. That came at a much earlier point in my life. When I was 12, we moved to a small town on the coast of Georgia where my dad bought our first boat. It was a […]

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