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The Chicago Cubs’ World Series hopes are still alive as this column is taking shape. In a few hours, Game 6 in Cleveland will determine whether the team is one win away from reversing a … 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
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Eagle in 1987. Three of us were talking. All of us parents. We were talking about — as often happens, in that situation — being parents. It’s a rough row to hoe, we agreed. “I … more
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
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The candy and scary movies are great, but my main reason for loving the holiday is because the first spawn of James Phillips made his way into the world Halloween 2002. I refer to my about to be … more
Voters loved Lucy Baxley. Her campaign signs said so. Baxley, who died Friday at age 78, blanketed the rural parts of the state with her message during her two decades of public service. As a child who loved “I Love Lucy,” I used to keep … more
The national elections are in a few weeks, and some people seem ready for Facebook fistfights. The atmosphere seems negatively charged, but I think October still has a lot of good things to offer. What follows are a few. This past week when we … 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
Halloween — one of my favorite times of the year is here. In only 22 days, ghouls and ghosts as well as super heroes and zombies will take to the streets in search of a treasure trove of sweets. Each year our family celebrates Halloween with a … more
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