Need to get my hands back in the dirt

The edges of the spiral notebook are a bit tattered, but its contents are priceless. It’s a detailed, hand-written catalog of the many plants we’ve tried in our yard through the years – the ones that worked great, the ones we loved the most, and the ones that we should never plant again. And it’s all in my wife Lisa’s hand writing, which I never tire of reading.
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Charlie leads the way on tour of Bruce

It’s a frequent question every time we loop around town – “You walking that dog or is he walking you?”
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Crown Jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

It was recently rated the best hotel in Mississippi. I’ve considered The White House Hotel on Beach Boulevard in Biloxi the true Crown Jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since first writing about it nearly five years ago.
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A tearful anniversary

Intense, debilitating heartache and unbridled elation, experienced almost simultaneously is an emotional roller coaster that will truly leave you breathless.
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Learning from The Crucible

Turning the corner in front of The Orpheum Theater, walking west toward the river down Beale Street, Sean Galloway, one of my Vardaman Ram soccer players this past season and one of the students in Kayla Long’s drama class at VHS asked me poignantly, “Did you get any of that?”
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The awesome power of music

“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a little while.” That quote is attributed to Sir Elton John, one of my favorite artists, and indeed it has been music that has helped carry me to the places in my mind I want to go these past months.
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Reconnecting with some Clinton Arrows

The Arrows blew their opening chance and then got a tough call from the refs. Things went downhill from there, but “Migi” Vazquez, “Chepe” Guerrero and myself enjoyed it nonetheless.
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A dreaded whistle; time to go forward

It was a sound I knew was coming sooner or later, but despite my best efforts I just couldn’t prepare for it.
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Good friends, a nice honor for Lisa, CCJ

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” That quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is taken somewhat out of context in terms of my current state with the recent loss of my wife Lisa, but it captured the moment for me after last Saturday’s annual MLK banquet in Pittsboro.
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Ellie and Cirque du Soleil a unique combination

Sandwiched between a couple of birthday parties over the weekend, my granddaughters Addi Claire, Ellie Kathryn and I took in the Cirque Du Soleil show “Crystal” in Tupelo Saturday evening.
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