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My friend Dr. Mike recently invited me to go on a quail hunting trip to Clarke County, Mississippi.  You remember him from a blog I wrote a little while back.  There are not that many wild quail left in Mississippi because of fire ants and coyotes, but enthusiasts buy farm grown quail and release them to be hunted.  I am told it is not as good as the real thing, and it is admittedly a little unfair to release quail that have never flown and expect them to have a sporting chance at life.   But the hunters only harvest about 50 to 60%, so these birds actually have better odds than the ones who end up on the menu in fancy restaurants.   Read More

Tell Your Kid This

I had a client sit with me today who is staring down the barrel of his second divorce.  He and his wife do not have children, but he does have a child from his previous marriage.  He has talked to his counselor and he has talked to me about what, when and how to tell his child he may be walking through another divorce and things are going to change.  It got me thinking.  What do you tell your kids?   Read More

What is Your Word Worth?

If you read the stuff I write, you know I am building a home, serving as my own general contractor.  I told a guy about it at church the other day and his response was, “What would possess you to do that?” Read More

The Search for the Carpenter

When I was a kid, summer lasted forever –shelling butter beans in front of the television, eating watermelons and having bottle rocket wars.  A time of transition, I would ride my bike to the YMCA while my parents were at work and hang out at the swimming pool most of the day.  In the afternoons, we played baseball games, and at night, chased fireflies and occasionally slept on the trampoline in the backyard.  I hope time feels like it’s moving slower for my girls than it is for me.  Our summer so far has been packed with camps, a convention, a busy caseload, a local move and a new construction project for which I am serving as the general contractor. Read More

Nirvana

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a book called Eat, Pray, Love in 2006.  She was formerly an "unpublished diner waitress," with a stack of rejection letters from publishers. Her book was wildly successful, but she found herself “regressing” to the sentimentality she felt before she hit it big.  Her first follow up book was a flop, but she felt strangely better and got back to work.  Her next effort was received well. Read More

A Straight Razor Shave and Divorce

I am learning about the importance of doing little things for yourself every day.  If you love flowers, make a flower arrangement or work in your backyard.  If you are into art, visit a local gallery or buy a canvas and paint --create something.  If you are a film buff, sneak off and catch a matinee before the kids get off the bus.  A mini personal holiday can go a long way to increasing your joy in everyday life.  Yesterday, in pursuit of my own battery recharge, I made an appointment for my first straight razor shave. 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

10 Tips for Divorce Recovery

The papers are signed, the money is settled, and the kids are for the most part situated.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  The divorce is over and there is a big scary world in your windshield.  You are feeling sad, happy and angry –all at the same time.  While you are a little bit in denial, you know it is real.  Surreal actually.  You bargain with yourself about what could have gone differently, but you know you must move ahead.  What follows are ten tips for recovery from divorce to help you navigate the upcoming months:   Read More

Soldiering Through

Your marriage is crumbling or has crumbled around you.  Maybe you have been unhappy for a long time, but maybe this whole thing really just blindsided you.  Everything you thought you knew about your future is about to change and it scares the sh*t out of you.   Read More

A Journey With Your Kids

Rachel and I recently had a chance to take a trip with our kids, Mollie Ann (9) and Emma (8).  They had only been in an airplane one other time.  Due to our travel schedule, we had to catch a 7AM flight out of Jackson, which meant we needed to get moving at the house before 5AM to get to the airport in plenty of time for baggage checks and security clearance.  We forgot to get our boarding pass online, and we were running about 15 minutes behind, which felt like an eternity on a rainy Thursday morning.  The kids looked so grown up with their headphones and backpacks, foreshadowing of the day in the not-so-distant future when they will be leaving for college.  Uhggg. Read More

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