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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

Touchable Distance

The girls and I have a game we play I partly read about in a parenting magazine and partly made up.  It doesn’t have a name.  Rachel likes to be a spectator; she just loves how excited the kids get about it. I take the girls to school most mornings, and the game is great way to have conversations and create a fun, yet competitive spirit with Mollie Ann and Emma. 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

It Is Cheaper to Keep Her

I am proud I have a pretty good record in our Mississippi family law and divorce courts.  The main reason is because I do my best to stay out if my client cannot win.  This week has been a humbling exception.   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

Cancer

I’m going to say something that could not be more of an understatement.  Cancer is a drag.  My experience with the disease is next to non-existent, until now.  My sister was diagnosed with leukemia about a month ago.  The doctors kicked the cancer’s butt, but in the process, they took out the good stuff she needs to fight the everyday bad stuff we don’t even think about.  Now minor infections and yeasts and molds can be life-threatening.   Read More

ICU

The ICU waiting room is a terrible place.  I spent 3 days there this week.  One of the reasons I am not a doctor, other than not being smart enough, is because I hate hospitals.  The people that work there seem to be okay, but the buildings themselves depress me. Read More

Cowboy Up

I went on a Christian men’s retreat last summer to Wyoming which was led by a counselor friend of mine named Phil Hardin.  Come to think of it, four counselors were on the trip, including Ron Mumbower and Don Waller from Summit Counseling, a ministry of First Baptist Church in Jackson.  Also in attendance was Roane Hunter  --he’s a great, up-and-coming counselor who is originally from Delta East, which is Macon, Mississippi if you didn’t know.  Roane and his wife Eva will specialize in recovery from sexual addiction, which is a very real thing although it is not included in the DSM-IV (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychological Association). Read More

Help Yourself During a Divorce

I was a baseball player in high school and college.  It was a big part of my identity until I was around 21 or 22.  I still occasionally have people remember me as a ball player, even though I was on the field very little at Mississippi State where I landed after leaving a scholarship to Mississippi College.  Hitting was my favorite part of the game.  It was a little war between the picture and me.  The battle at home plate is mostly psychological, just like the battle between the lawyer and the witness during cross-examination, which is still my favorite thing to do in the practice of law.  While I avoid court when we can, it is where I made my reputation as a  Mississippi family law specialist. Read More

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