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On Feb. 14, Jilda and I celebrate our 43rd Valentine’s Day as a married couple. There were also several years before we tied the knot, but suffice it to say we’ve eaten a few boxes of chocolates together. In the early years, I was broker than … 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
Roaming the woods in a remote section of Walker County was a part of life as a child growing up in the Phillipstown/ Stacks Bottom area of Empire. In my early years, before Atari and Nintendo and in the days of only three or four channels on … more
A word of warning — this is a bittersweet story about a tiny critter that lived next door in the home of Jilda’s brother Ricky and his family. Our niece Samantha loves animals. She’s had ferrets, frogs, hamsters, cats, and lots of dogs. Her … more
October is a month of reflection and contemplation for me. In 1962 when I was 11 years old, a world event left an indelible brand on my young brain that I always remember this time of year. John F. Kennedy was in the White House then, and after … more
I sharpened my pruning shears this week. They will be pressed into service this winter when the sap drops in the fruit trees. Pruning is vital for the health of trees as they age, and in a sense, it’s important for people too. I’ve neglected … more
During a recent interview with the Daily Mountain Eagle, Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood mentioned a rise in scam artists in the county in recent weeks and months. “I think it is something that readers of the Daily Mountain Eagle need to be … 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
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
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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