Best practices for vacationing at Gulf Shores

Best practices for vacationing at Gulf Shores

Immediately upon arriving, do not pass Go, do not bring belongings up to the condo, but head directly to the beach. You will not be sorry. Don’t forget that the change to Central time will result, for the first few days, in hangry kids who think you’re eating meals...
I’m turning into my mother

I’m turning into my mother

This could be a series. Maybe it will be. Installment One: There’s this story I’ve told often enough, in different contexts, but always with the same indignant ending. When we were in high school, mom had a rule. On Saturday mornings, we had to be up and...
After a decade

After a decade

Ten years ago this month, we loaded a U-Haul and drove down to Knoxville from the Fort. We closed on our first house on Tuesday. Company arrived on Thursday. The best company: Professor Pless, who preached Derek’s ordination sermon. Our wonderful friends and...
January happenings and lack thereof

January happenings and lack thereof

I’ve been pretty quiet on here for two reasons. One, I’m cranking out content at my new business domain and don’t seem to have the words left to catalog our personal lives. (Not that I have nothing to say; I blog in my head all the time. Finding the...
2015 retrospective

2015 retrospective

We halfheartedly started a 2015 Christmas letter; actually a video this year in an attempt to top our quiz, website, magazine, and other creative formatting attempts. But “halfheartedly” is the key word here, mainly because I’d like to kick 2015 in...
Misc. ramblings from the weeks behind and ahead

Misc. ramblings from the weeks behind and ahead

First, the heartbreaking news: Two women I loved and admired passed away too young from cancer in the past two weeks. Jennifer was our family’s hairdresser, and she and her husband Rick were our friends. In the early days in Knoxville we hung out with them...