november 23, 2018

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~ Franz Kafka     Despite the way it looks, AJ really does love his aunt Jessica. He tries really hard to not be a hugger; to avoid affection, smiling, you know, all those things that you think aren’t cool when you’re a teenage boy (or girl). He ain’t foolin’ nobody. We see how he looks after his little

november 22, 2018

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but grateful for those which he has.” ~ Epictetus     Once more Aunt Lois opened her home to the family so we could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Last year we had over thirty of us. Mike Moore’s brother came along. This year we had a smaller crowd, no less grateful mind you, and

december 29, 2017

“The best things in life aren’t things.” ~ Unknown   Due to illness, we delayed our cousin Christmas party until tonight. We ate, we exchanged gifts, we laughed, we watched the end of the UK Bowl Game, and we managed to take this family photo. The older I get, the more I love this bunch. They’ve raised great kids and they’re a pleasure to be with. “The best things in

november 29, 2017

“It is possible to choose peace over worry.” ~ Unknown     If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a pretty big family. Yesterday I said my Aunt Virginia’s oldest, Ann, brought her to the Saturday festivities. This is Ann (standing) with Uncle Phillip and Aunt Linda’s daughters, Renee (lf) and Jessica (rt). You first met Ann back in 2015 when her brother Richard got married. She

october 9, 2017

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie     This is my first cousin Jessica and her husband Eric Stigall. Aren’t they cute? I love their silliness with each other. They’re good people, too, raising equally good kids. We got lucky when we got them in the family.

december 12, 2015

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ~ Thomas Merton     Me and the Terry cousins get together every so often for breakfast or lunch. There are so many of us, and we’re spread across so