Category: Family

Believe In You

One of my favorite songs. Each time I hear it, I think of my own son Jude. Many mornings, on our drive to school, I’ll turn it on and his little 2 1/2 year-old head will start bobbing back and forth as he claps his hands to the opening rhythm.


Believe In You – Jude Cole

I’ll play guitar to make the rent
And you can make our family three
I might not make a million dollars Read more

The day after Thanksgiving.

Jude relaxing in Caldwell Texas the day after Thanksgiving.


Posted to from my Sprint HTC EVO 4G.

Remembering on Memorial Day


The award-winning 35mm short film,”Reveille”, starring David Huddleston and James McEachin, was released in 2004 and is the work of my long-time friends at Brothers’ Ink Productions – Donovan Montierth, Adam Montierth and Jason Walters. As I remember my grandfather, Wilmer Kiser, who served our country during World War II, I think “Reveille” is a fitting tribute on this Memorial Day.


Changing of the Guard

In a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, I was able to view the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Here is my video of that ceremony:

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: Changing of the Guard

Manipulated by the Weather Channel?

I am a self-confessed weather junkie. It is possible this condition could be hereditary as my older sister, Maureen, is even more obsessed than me. She is a trained weather spotter AND is certified with the NWS (that’s the National Weather Service) which basically makes her a weather celebrity.

For people like us, watching weather is entertainment. The Weather Channel is standard fare for us and can be watched for hours on end. You can imagine my surprise when I realized the Weather Channel might be taking advantage of my addiction to anything weather-related.

Weather Channel Accused of Pro-Weather Bias

Weather Channel Accused of Pro-Weather Bias

Does anyone know if there’s a 12-step program for people in our condition?

Perhaps our only hope is a weather intervention.

My mom reads this.

Writing more.

Recently, I’ve been trying to post to a little more frequently. The problem I have is spending too much time putting a blog post together.  I have several friends (see the “Friends” links in my sidebar) that are really prolific, sharing ideas and thoughts on everything from cupcakes to podcasting – several times a week. That’s awesome!

When I write (or type) I end up continually editing as I write. Rather than letting the words flow freely and cleaning things up at the end, I check for grammar, punctuation and continuity throughout. Hell, I’m doing that right now! What’s good about this is I am usually pretty happy with what I end up. The bad part is it may be weeks before anything new appears here.

That alone shouldn’t be a big deal. This is my personal blog, and compared to most, my regular readership is low. However, my mom reads my blog.

My mom reads this.

My mom called me yesterday. (Hi Mom!) We had a really good talk and I got caught up on everything that’s been going on with her and the rest of my family (my dad, my stepdad, my four sisters, my brother, and ELEVEN nieces and nephews).

The wierd thing about my family is that we tend to go long periods of time without calling or talking to each other. But we’re still really close and the whole thing works. Before yesterday, I hadn’t talked to my mom or anyone in my family in several weeks. When my mom called yesterday, she told me she had been reading this blog and keeping up with everything that had been going on, both good and bad.

Her comment made a big impact on me. It reminded that this hobby of mine was also serving to keep me connected to my family. That’s a big deal – at least to me.

I’ll do better.

I’m going to write here more frequently. Because of that,what I share might not be polished and some things might not make sense. Bear with me. I’ll do better.