Many years ago, I spoke at a women’s group in Cleveland. This particular group was not exactly populated with the youngest crew in town. Wonderful ladies, to be sure — but very seasoned. Regardless, the head of the group gave me a very nice introduction that talked about my growing…


The Christmas Noosky in 2020.

“You wouldn’t know what to do with me if I were normal” is something my mother used to say to me. “Normal is boring,” is another one. Like most things in life, in hindsight, I have to admit she was right.

This time of year, everyone is in a rush…


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The summer after my first year of law school, our local radio station convinced me to go to Enterprise, Alabama to broadcast the 15 year old Dixie Majors World Series. Ok, “convince” is probably a strong word. Honestly, I didn’t have anything better to do with my life that week…


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Near the middle of the musical Hamilton, there’s a great moment where Aaron Burr says the new Constitution is “full of contradictions.”

Hamilton scoffs at him. “So is Independence.”

Independence and Freedom aren’t just words to throw around the swimming pool in July while wearing red, white, and blue and…


My three boys and me — Photo is my own

I like Father’s Day because it reminds me of my greatest accomplishments in this world — the three boys in this picture. I was a tad bit stubborn in my younger days, so it took me years and years to realize I would never achieve anything as great as being…


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The Coach only knew one of the forty-eight kids in the park commission summer baseball draft. With his first pick, he drafted that one kid, and then started drafting by shirt size because that’s what he was told to do by another coach in the room. …


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Every I year when we receive our kids’ summer reading lists, I think of my mother allowing me to read Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley for a summer book report during elementary school. My final report was filled with salacious stories from the memoir, mostly concerning the King and…


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Ask any successful person in the service industry and they will tell you the key to long term success is, and always has been, superior customer service. Quality products help, but a business going out of its way to put its clientele’s needs first will almost always succeed. People want…


Sometimes Doing Very Little Is All You Need to Do

This story does not have a happy ending.

There is no silver lining after a crushing disappointment for the hero. While it does seem to amuse my friends, this story is not one of my favorite childhood memories. It is downright cruel.

I turned 15 years old in June after…


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Years ago, after my father passed away, I began the slow process of cleaning out his office. Each file was its own story, and seeing all of those files was like looking at programs of Broadway playbills, each with different casts of characters. …

John C. Cox

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