Mini Family Reunion – End of Day 4

Sep 21, 2008 | | 1 comment

The last day This morning I learned what a second degree burn looks like… and feels like.  We began the day with a hearty Hardees breakfast.  We were squeezed into a little booth and I was on the inside.  About the time I sat down, Debbie got up for something and I decided to make […more]

Mini Family Reunion – End of Day 3

Sep 20, 2008 | | 3 comments

Quick Highlights from the day Especially because it has been a long day and we’ve seen, told and heard an awful lot today.  Todays new Characters are: Everett Stidger – My first cousin, once removed – Son of Eldon Stidger who was my mother’s mother’s brother Sue Stidger -Everett’s wife Kari Stidger -My second cousin […more]

Mini Family Reunion – End of Day 2

Sep 19, 2008 | | 1 comment

Highlights from our day Here we are… the foursome who dropped in on an unsuspecting Alabama. (Jim, Mlou, Harry, Judy)   In keeping with yesterday’s  post, these are the new players from today: Jan – My aunt – Married my mom’s brother Jack Debbie – Jan’s daughter and my cousin Linda – Jan’s daughter and […more]

Mini Family Reunion

Sep 19, 2008 | | Say something

This morinig, I am in Arab, Alabama celebrating an impromptu mini family reunion.  Before I left, I set my Facebook status to “on my way to a mini family reunion.”  My friend, Robert posted this comment, “I thought only dwarves could have mini family reunions.” I miss working with Robert.  What a sense of humor…  […more]


Aug 18, 2008 | | 1 comment

What’s more Jimazing than seeing your grandbaby’s picture?  It’s feeling your a grandbaby kicking.  Danae is 23 weeks now.  Read the photos with her blog entry here. We had a wonderful visit with all of our family in Charleston.  As we were leaving Danae’s house on Saturday night, I was hugging her and I felt […more]

1978 to 2008 makes 30 Years!

Jun 3, 2008 | | 7 comments

I wish so much that I could travel in time back to 1978 and have a talk with a certain young man. There is so much I would tell him about life. I would warn him about some really lousy decisions that he was going to make and encourage him that some of them would […more]

I’m gonna be a Grandpa

May 20, 2008 | | 1 comment

In case you haven’t heard, I’m going to be a grandpa! Danae and Mark were selfless enough to make a grandchild just for me. How sacrificial of them! She’s due in December, and I am excited… in case it’s not coming through loud and clear! She posted pictures of the little spud here on her […more]

Fifty is Nifty

Apr 19, 2008 | | 2 comments

It is now 12:08 AM on the 19th, so I can say with confidence that my 50th birthday was a great day. Thanks to all of you who made it so special… I am a blessed man!  Check out this video my friends made for me… [youtube=]

Funeral Programs

Jan 17, 2008 | | 4 comments

One of my hobbies is documenting my family’s genealogy. I say, “documenting” and not “researching” because my joy comes from listening to and reading the family stories and organizing all the information that others already know. I get no pleasure from doing research. I also love using my talents to publish this genealogy and family […more]

Going Back

Dec 30, 2007 | | Say something

Kat is home. Danae is home. Erin is home. I am watching Melody’s flight home on According to them she is passing over I-64 between Lexington, KY and Huntington, WV. The house is quiet. It feels surreal. Now I know what it feels like to have all of the family come home for the […more]