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Christmas Day is usually a calm day around the Phillips’ household. Kinfolk gatherings and other holiday parties are usually wrapped up by Christmas Eve, which allows us to spend Dec. 25 as a family. more
There’s a wild crabapple tree down by the barn that has never borne fruit, but through the years, it’s become one of our favorite trees. Jilda has kept her eye on it since early November. The small tree held onto its green leaves long after its neighbors. more
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about invisible people. Mentioning this to a friend this week, he wasn’t sure what I meant. I explained that invisible people are the people we encounter almost daily, but don’t “see.” more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... •A number of Christmas parades have been announced as people prepare their schedules for which parades they will participate in or attend. While many details … more
The last week of the year is my time for reflection. It gives me a chance to review the past year and plan for the new one. It’s easy to get wrapped up by the little hassles that fill my plate each day and forget about the big things that make me happy. That’s why it’s essential to calibrate my life map each New Year. more
Lucille Ball was a gifted physical comedienne, but she always insisted that she was more brave than funny. In the introduction to her mother’s autobiography, Lucie Arnaz said Ball’s idea of a … more
May 8, 2009, was a big day for 5-year-old Jacob Philadelphia. more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... • Qualifying is winding up tomorrow, at long last, at 5 p.m. statewide. The two party chairmen will be at the Walker County Probate Judge’s Office at the end of the day Friday to help with qualifying. Walker County Republican Chairwoman Linda Ensor specified Wednesday she would be at that office from 2-5 p.m. for qualifying. more
I drove down a road today that I hadn't traveled in some time. It's changed. The image of that first time I rode through renders in my mind like a Monet painting. I thought it was the most beautiful … more
Judging from several social media posts that I’ve seen in the last week or so, a new cross-over voting ban in our state has caused some confusion. In its last session, the Alabama Legislature … more
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