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A meeting in Fayette had me headed to West Alabama again today. The route there took me through long stretches of rural farm country.  I drove through clouds of cotton on both sides of the road. … more
The Daily Mountain Eagle has dedicated much ink over the last several days to possible tax increases being suggested by city and county officials. The Walker County Commission on Tuesday voted to ask for a referendum to seek more revenue (a tax … more
Well, here is my evolving take on the county plan to raise its sales tax from 2 cents to 3 cents ... The sales tax seems to be gaining certain traction. Certainly, I thought the mayors might give more negative feedback, as it would affect their … more
Well, the sales tax vote is next Tuesday. I need to speak to you quite seriously ... more
I’d felt a little sad and out of sorts for most of this past Monday without knowing why. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it seems twice as long as May. The short days seem dark and drab. /that evening as I finished my blog … more
Looking through Facebook posts of my friends this week, I felt a little envious and sad. It seems every other post is someone’s smiling mother. I especially like the older hand-tinted pictures. There’s something about those old photographs … more
A few weeks ago, I asked loyal readers of the Daily Mountain Eagle to weigh in on possible names for our upcoming child. With nearly 100 people contacting me via phone, email or social media, the … more
It’s official. 2017 is here! As a way to ring in the New Year, Andrea and I spent an hour or so at Warehouse 319’s New Year’s celebration before returning home to watch the ball drop with our kiddos. We barely made it to midnight without … more
As a young man, Stan Brock was crushed by a horse while working on a ranch in a remote area of South America. The nearest medical help was 26 days away. Later in life, Brock told his story to an American astronaut, who replied that the nearest … more
After moving into our neighborhood last spring, I received a postcard in the mail inviting me to join Nextdoor, an app describing itself as a private social network for your neighborhood. According to its website, Nextdoor “is the best way to … more
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