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It started with an internship. The Daily Mountain Eagle was supposed to be a stopover on the way to Montgomery, a city with politics at the center and history around every corner. But dreams change when people change. Ten years have passed … more
During the last few weeks after planting our garden, it looked manicured. The tomatoes had grown from small seedlings into bushy plants that required cages to keep them upright. Watching our garden … more
And now, let us get a reality check on these closings. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Ok, let’s start. No question people are concerned in Jasper about the evaporating retail landscape. The current list now includes G. Mays and Sons, Solid Image … more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... •Recently al.com posted something about divorces in Alabama, saying it came from the Census Bureau. (It linked to a map that I couldn’t download on my computer and it was all but impossible to navigate on my … more
During my three-day weekend, where i vegetated and tried to deal with allergies, I did note President Trump came to Huntsville to campaign for Luther Strange, while pundits were stirred up about all … more
Today I’ve been thinking about our friend, Louis. He is dying. He's almost 90 and in congestive heart failure. After surviving several bouts with cancer, a defective valve that could have been fixed several years ago is now beyond repair. His body … more
A year ago, I barely knew what a podcast was. Now, I can’t imagine what Zac and I talked about before we decided it was time to spend money on decent phones. We text each other podcast recommendations on an almost daily basis. When we sit … more
Alright, now it is my turn to say something. As you might have read in this paper, the Walker County Commission didn’t like the coverage of an interview I had Clinton Carter, the state finance director. We were told Carter didn’t like it, … more
• I was gratified to hear Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to prioritize local news sources in posts in response to requests from local newspapers and to help people have more engagement with their communities. Apparently he and his wife took a cross-country trip that also made its way to Alabama, and he visited at least one newspaper in Alabama. I think it is a great idea, and it will certainly help the Daily Mountain Eagle engage with our area readers, and will help other smaller newspapers across the nation. Moreover, it will provide a way to still keep our readers engaged with breaking news and what is happening in their communities. more
The allure of a new coffee bar in Jasper was too robust to pass up so I decided to give it a try. I love frou-frou coffee and the ones they sell at Mickey D’s wasn’t cutting it. After a meeting at the college in Jasper, I wheeled in front of … more
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