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During our time living in Mississippi, the Phillips family fell in love with the Mardi Gras holiday. Even though Mardi Gras started in Mobile, it is much more prevalent as a holiday and celebration in Louisiana and Mississippi than it is in most … more
A festive sign featuring the word “PEACE” in large letters is in a prominent location at the center of our family Christmas tree. Unfortunately, the tree has been a source of unrest and strife in our home since we chopped it down and brought it home a little over a week ago. more
It was in October 1966 when I first saw her sitting near the stage of the Sumiton Middle School. She was in an antique dress and bonnet playing gospel songs on a pump organ that looked as if it came over on the Mayflower. Her teacher was a history buff and persuaded her to play for the fall history fair. She was thin as a reed and sat straight on the organ bench, pumping the air pedals with all the strength her small frame could muster. Her cousin introduced us. Her name was Jilda. We talked after her set, and I could tell there was something special about her. more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... • Carbon Hill Main Street Committee is still being active. After last week’s Carbon Hill City Council meeting, District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough had … more
Valentine’s Day 1996 is a day that I will never forget. A few months earlier, I had started dating the girl of my dreams. Before I knew it, Valentine’s Day was upon us. As a boyfriend, I was … more
There’s an old saying that goes like this: “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” That may be true in some situations, but according to Career Coach Danny White of Fayette, when it comes … more
I can’t imagine what it is like to work in governmental Washington right now. It would feel like being placed in God’s blender and being battered into a milk shake — with a bitter taste resulting. I read Beltway news stories every day … more
Thanks-giving was a low-key event for us this year. We had a few members of the family and some friends over on Thanksgiving Day to do the turkey thang. We may be a minority, but we like to celebrate Halloween in October and Thanksgiving in November. We don’t start decorating for Christmas until December. That’s just the way we roll. more
Attend enough Sunday sermons, and you’ll hear the story of the pot roast. A young woman is preparing a pot roast one day. Before placing it in the pan, she cuts off both ends. “Why did you do that?” her husband asks. “Because … more
The tune is instantly recognizable. I associate it with patriotic parades, black-and-white newsreels and pickup trucks covered in bunting that cruise around courthouse squares blaring slogans like … more
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