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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Grandkids, dogs happily shrink bed

I was clinging to the very edge of the bed, so much so that a sneeze would drop me to the floor, but I was content. That’s because granddaughter Addi Claire was squeezed in tightly on my other side. Granddaughter Ellie Kathryn was stretched out beside her and on her left was step-daughter Jo Ellen’s long and lanky dog Sir. Across all our feet was my big, yellow Lab Charlie, who tends to roll back and forth on his back as he sleeps.
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Find brief respite at Orange Beach

The Journal (in print) has a new look this week for the first edition of 2019. More changes will come in time, but all with the intention of making the CCJ more enjoyable for you our faithful readers.

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Deafening silence and a scary new year

Silence is truly deafening. I’ve learned that over the past week sitting in my house in the middle of the night thinking about everything imaginable.

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