My Mom, the Bootlegger

Last week before my mom flew home to Utah after spending nearly two weeks visiting me in Virginia, my brother called her and said, “Hey, before you come home, I want you to track me down some of that Virginia moonshine whiskey I’ve been learning about on TV.” “What moonshine whiskey?” she wanted to know. He explained that it was a hooch made in Virginia and sold in Mason jars. “Do you want me to end up in jail?” she asked. “They’d confiscate that at the airport and send me to jail. … [Read more...]

The Joy of Giving

My mom called me last week to see what I want for Christmas. When asked that question, I instinctively think, “What do I need?” Then nothing comes to mind. I don’t need anything. But what do you want? Mom asked. Doug’s Dad says you should never buy people what they need. Instead, he believes you should give impractical, unexpected gifts. (Note: This comes from a man who also believes you should fall asleep every night savoring a piece of milk chocolate because “There’s … [Read more...]