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Same Kind of Different As Me: A Book Review

Rachel and I are art collectors.  We don’t have anything very expensive or by any extremely well known artists, but our little collection is something we have enjoyed together through the years.  I bought our first piece before I left Oxford after finishing law school.  It is by a Cuban artist named Exposita and depicts a sad man with a paper hat shaped like a boat on his head.  In the gallery, it was hung next to a similar painting, but instead of a boat, the sad figure had what looked like a cooked chicken on his head.  The gallery curator explained how Cubans are hungry and looking to escape the oppression of the post communist regime.  It was a great story for an average painting.  It hangs in the hall of my office today. Read More

Skip Scary Close: A Book Review

I have historically been a pretty big Donald Miller fan.  He is the somewhat edgy Christian author best known for Blue Like Jazz, a NY Times bestseller.  I have read several of his other works, and check out his blog from time to time.  I read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years on a trip to Yellowstone, and its theme of living a better story is one of the reasons Rachel and I started 200 Million Flowers.  I later got to spend time with Bob Goff, the whacky lawyer Miller writes about in the book and who wrote his own bestseller, Love Does.  We even went to one of his conferences in Nashville.   Read More

It is More Fun to Be the Crazy One

The stuff I work in every day is what people talk about at cocktail parties.  The soccer mom who left her car at Shucker’s all night, the swingers who live down the street, and the kid who was sent to school by his daddy in pajamas with a bad case of bedhead. This is the stuff people don’t post on Facebook –okay most people don’t post on Facebook. Read More

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Christmas

When I was a kid, time would stand still before Christmas.  It seemed like an eternity from Thanksgiving Day until Christmas Eve.  My mom worked in retail and was really over the holidays because they involved lots and lots of work for her.  She was OCD and hyperactive, so it was not uncommon for our tree to be in a box by Christmas afternoon.  After all, she had to be back at work December 26th. I guess I was distracted as a child, but it bothered me as a young adult.   Read More

Crazymakers

This morning in my men’s group we talked about Crazymakers. I had heard my counselor friends use the word for years, but I ran across the topic again from a part of The Artist’s Way- A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, which discusses recovering a sense of identity.  A Crazymaker is someone who makes you crazy.  They disrupt your natural rhythm.  “Often larger than life, they acquire that status by feeding on the life energies of those around them,” says Cameron.  Crazymakers can be parents, spouses, children, employers, clients, people at church and ex-spouses.  Sometimes, the Crazymaker is you.  I think we all have the potential to be Crazymakers during different seasons of life, but being in the presence of a chronic Crazymaker will make your head spin. Read More

Frozen Pipes

Like everywhere else, it is colder than usual in Mississippi this week.  No snow.  Just cold.  While we are utterly ill prepared for snow, we do have hunting gear and such to deal with the temperature.  In fact, I wore thermal underwear under my suit Monday morning to court.  It was a first for me.  The night before last, the girls and I had come in from basketball practice, and as we ate and settled in for the night, the national championship football game in the background, we talked about the day’s events and the cold.  “We probably need to leave the water running or something tonight,” remarked Rachel, “So the pipes don’t freeze.” Read More

Divorce Remorse

I was talking to a client today I saw for the first time back after Thanksgiving.  When we did our goal sheet, his primary objective was to stay married.  He was working toward that end. Just last week, he and his wife were sharing an intimate moment on their couch at home –her feet in his lap, talking about their kids, watching the fire crackle and drinking red wine. The very next day, she wants to have a meeting to define the terms of their separation. My theory is this-  she put a plan in motion, but she was having a momentary case of “divorce remorse.”   Read More

I’m Divorced, I’m Separated, I’m Miserable, What Now?

Happy New Year! I have been intentionally silent in the blogosphere and email blast world for the last few weeks since our big gala for 200 Million Flowers on December 6th. I guess I was just out of gas, having run so hard in 2012. It took totally unplugging from everything just for the creative energy to start to percolate again.  Even on the last day of the work year I was forced to send a message to a young attorney.  MESSAGE:  If we are going to deal with one another for the next decade or two practicing divorce law in Mississippi, it goes a long way to pick up the phone and talk to me before trying to go around me.  Be a problem solver not a problem creator. Read More

Love is Creative

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a sermon in 1957 at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.  It is definitely worth hearing.  He said the following: Read More

The Parasite

I get inspired for these little articles, aka rants, from all different sorts of crazy places.  This week, it comes from an official looking note on orange paper being sent home with Emma about a breakout of lice in her classroom.  When I was a kid…. Yep, I got them.  My little tail was sent home from school after an examination from my teacher with a sharpened pencil.  It was very embarrassing and getting rid of them was a long, annoying, time consuming process.  Read More

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