The Day I Mustered Up the Gumption: A Personal Post
Jun18

The Day I Mustered Up the Gumption: A Personal Post

The first time I saw you I knew you were out of my league. I nudged the guy next to me. “Who…is that?!” We were sitting in the back row of the room where the speech team held its meetings at Bradley University. “Dedee Wallace. She transferred in from Southeastern.” “She’s….gorgeous! Wow.” “Forget it, Lhamon. She’s out of your league.” See, even my friends knew. Back then, my experience with beautiful women was that they...

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Kevin Durant Did Something Each of Us Should Do
May07

Kevin Durant Did Something Each of Us Should Do

Have you seen it? The video of Kevin Durant’s speech as he accepted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award? If not, take five minutes to watch it now. I promise you’ll love it. Touching, isn’t it? So tender and loving and selfless. When I first watched it, I held it together pretty well. Right up to the point when he told his mother,“You’re the real MVP.” That’s when the levee broke. It wasn’t his words so much. Or even his voice...

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Tragedy + Time = Comedy (or The Day Our “Good Car” Nearly Killed Me)
Apr04

Tragedy + Time = Comedy (or The Day Our “Good Car” Nearly Killed Me)

I sometimes joke that I married Dedee for her car. It’s not true, of course, but I know for a fact she married me for love. I was 24 years old and flat broke. I had no job and no serious prospects for one. What I did have was a degree in radio/TV & theater, which pretty much explains the lack of employment. When we got married, Dedee drove a 1979 Mercury Cougar. It was half a city block long. When she pulled up, the front...

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Stephen King Taught Me What Not to Say to a Person Who is Grieving
Apr03

Stephen King Taught Me What Not to Say to a Person Who is Grieving

Some of the best advice I’ve ever received on what to say to someone who is grieving came from Stephen King. Or better said, what not to say. I read Pet Sematary back in high school. Like all Stephen King novels, it’s creepy and at times profane but is also filled with tremendous insights into humanity. Louis Creed — the main character in the novel — loses his infant son Gage when the toddler wanders into the...

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How to Record Home Movies that You’ll Actually Watch
Jul17

How to Record Home Movies that You’ll Actually Watch

I recently transferred all of our old home movies from video cassettes to DVD.  It was a long, laborious, and tedious task that took me months…literally. But I learned two very important lessons in the process. I wish I’d known these two things when I was actually taking the video. (One of my favorite clips of our youngest daughter Rachel trying to blow out her candles at her 3rd birthday.) If want to record home movies...

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Paying for College: Start a 529 Plan for Your Kids Today
Mar23

Paying for College: Start a 529 Plan for Your Kids Today

A bit of unsolicited advice for parents of young kids: start saving for college now! With two kids in college, we have a lot of money going out the door each month. Room & board, tuition, books, laptop, car, etc. can create a strain on any parent’s budget. According to US News & World Report, college tuition grew by nearly 80 percent between August 2003 and August 2013. In actual dollars for tuition and fees, the average...

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