Category: Marriage

  • Pitching a Fit

    A recent conversation with my wife inspired me to write the following summary of that verbal exchange.  I titled it, Pitching a Fit. Pitching a Fit My wife bought a Fitbit. Then a smart-scale to link to it. Now, a Fitbit, says she, I am to git. In our budget, says I, it may not […]

  • Retirement 103 – Can A Marriage Survive the Retirement Years?

    It was 1999, and my wife (Tootie) and I were looking forward to retirement.  At 48, all five of our children had left home.  Though our golden years were still over a decade away, our nest was empty, and we relished the next season of “our time.”  For some couples, the empty nest season may […]

  • Living Southern – When Your Wife Is Not

    Living Southern – When Your Wife Is Not

    Any Southern man worth his grits can spot a woman not native to the Southland. Her dress, her demeanor, or her dialogue will give her away.  I considered it a gift from God to have grown up in the American South.  Needless to say, when I started dating again after being a widower for several […]

  • The Manly Art of Pondering

    The Manly Art of Pondering

    I sometimes wonder if there is a common misconception among married women that a husband sitting quietly, deep in thought, must be either upset or up to no good.  Seeing the studious look upon my countenance one recent morning, my wife asked, “Is everything ok?”  Wanting to quickly dispel any notion that I might be […]

  • I Gave My Wife a Vacuum Cleaner for Christmas…and Lived to Tell About It.

    It is a marital truth known by all women and romantically challenged men that a husband who gives a toaster/electric can opener/pool table/vacuum cleaner to his wife as a Christmas gift should first be sure he is ok being relegated to sleep on the living room couch that night. So you can imagine my shock […]

  • If It’s Eggrolls, It Must Be Christmas

    If It’s Eggrolls, It Must Be Christmas

    Christmas is a time to make memories, and hopefully, the kind of memories that still make you laugh, giggle and smile sixty years later. Unless it was the Christmas of 1986, when “Santa” had the bright idea to leave all his Christmas gifts in one 10 foot long black plastic bag so that our family […]

  • The Great Musician’s Birthday

    The Great Musician’s Birthday

    Grief shouts the loudest during holidays.  Following the loss of a loved one, those left behind must navigate a minefield of emotions during those first holidays without their beloved.  And who wants to talk about such a gloomy subject at a time like Christmas?   For most of my adult life, grief was never an […]

  • Manhood and Chainsaws

    Manhood and Chainsaws

    Followers of Years ago, a friend of mine was quoted as saying, “Some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me.  I want people to know why I look this way.  I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads were not paved.”  There is a lot of truth in that statement.  […]

  • Hell Hath No Fury Like A Kidney Stone;           Man Hath No Friend Like A Loving Wife

    Hell Hath No Fury Like A Kidney Stone; Man Hath No Friend Like A Loving Wife

    Getting married after being a widower for six years was one of the craziest, bravest, who-da-thunk-it things I have ever done.   As if a stress test was a required pre-marital experience, my body decided to give my future wife a glimpse of how her beloved handled pain. And I got a glimpse at how […]

  • Shouldn’t Love Come with a Warning Label?

    Love should come with a warning label just like everything else does these days. Except it should be in bold print and italicized in red ink. Reading the warning labels on many consumer products in these litigious times can be a source of humor. Maybe out of an abundance of caution, or just because they […]