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Things are winding down at work. I’ve spent the last three years working at Bevill State Community College as a job coach. The work has had its high points and some low ones, too. I will miss the work but, I’ll also miss my office window. more
School started this week around here. On the first day of class, my great nephew Jordan stopped by on his way for a photo op. With both apprehension and excitement, he squirmed as I tried to shoot a picture of him sitting on our front doorsteps. The … more
I have a confession — I judge books by their cover. Without this finely honed system based on snap judgments, I might never have read my favorite book of 2017. I had so many questions about the title character of “Lillian Boxfish Takes a … more
It was the Olympic equivalent of “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Last Friday, NBC’s commentators told viewers that Anna Veith of Austria was the women’s Super-G champion at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The handful of skiers waiting to complete their runs were written off as also-rans. more
The Walker County Republican Party recently decided to reject two local candidates who applied to be on the GOP ballot this year: Mike Cole, who was going to try for sheriff, and Tanya Guin, who is running for county superintendent of education. Cole, who ran four years ago for sheriff as a Democrat, now will likely bow out of that race, although he has protested as to the process being unfair. more
“Once you stop learning, you start dying,” said Albert Einstein. This quote is one of the most profound statements ever uttered. People over the age of 50 should make it their mantra. … more
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 can’t watch college football with my nephews anymore. It’s much too risky. It’s my own fault. When they were still young and impressionable, I had an opportunity to mentor them. I could have helped them understand how to watch football games … 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
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