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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

My One Hundred Dollar Bet

The guy who taught me how to practice divorce law represented several very high profile women in Mississippi.  I don’t know if my work with him is the reason or if it is something else, but I have always helped a slightly higher percentage of women than I do men.  Each person and life circumstance is unique, but the one recurring theme is their promise to me they will never get married again.  When they say this, I just knowingly smile.  “I’ll tell you what, I bet you one hundred dollars you will be remarried in the next five years.” 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

Divorce and Contacts

Yesterday I took my oldest daughter to be fitted for contacts.  She has been wearing glasses for a couple of years, but liked the potential freedom contacts would bring.  She got her good looks from her momma and her bad eyes from me.  She earned her contacts by overcoming adversity to make straight As.  This is a big deal in our house.  While school comes easy for my youngest (she made straight As too, BTW), God wired Mollie Ann to think three dimensionally and learn in a way most schools don’t teach, with the vigor and vitality of the Energizer Bunny.  This year, we made the difficult decision to transfer Mollie Ann after the first quarter and she rose to the occasion.  Like you, I could not be prouder of my kids. 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

Mississippi Hates Divorce

Mississippi hates divorce.  Time and time again our legislators refuse to make it easier to get one.  Being the representative or senator associated with divorce is not politically popular, so our system, a creature of statute formed long ago by the predecessors of said elected officials, stays stuck in the 19th century.   Read More

Family is a Choice

I think one of the scariest things a person faces when divorcing in Mississippi, or anywhere for that matter, is that their family will look differently.  A family is supposed to be a mommy, daddy, two kids (a boy and a girl), a house with a picket fence and a dog named Barkley, right?  The daddy works from 9 to 5 and not on the weekends and mommy stays home and does housework and pilates, with cookies and milk waiting for the kids when they get off the bus, as Barkley obediently sits next to her side, tail wagging and tongue appropriately extended.  At night, they play board games, read books and do their homework before dozing off to a peaceful sleep in their matching twin beds. Read More

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