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Sunday was a victory for animal rights activists, as the elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey took the circus stage for the last time. Numerous media outlets have reported the elephants are going to a “sanctuary,” referring to the … more
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Daily Mountain Eagle in October 2011. In his famous “Sonnet to Google,” the great William Shakespeare wrote, “How do I love Google? Let me count the ways...” OK, so maybe I’ve … more
On Saturday, a group of people stood on the courthouse steps and made the audacious claim that Walker County is a pretty cool place to be. To be clear, they did not say that it is perfect. The point of Walker County Day was not to promote some … more
I opened a wooden jewelry box this week that has been a fixture on my desk for 40 years. I was looking for an old pocketknife, but what I found was a piece of paper that represented a milestone in my life. The jewelry box was a gift I bought … more
When moving into an area, there are a handful of questions that come up fairly often. “Have you found a house?” “What schools are your kids in?” In the South, the one question you get more than most is, “Where do you go to … more
About a month ago, Zac and I had a Friday night to ourselves. When he got off work, I asked him to meet me at Long Memorial United Methodist Church, where I was taking pictures of the Good Friday cross draped in a black shroud. He waited … more
“Momma called. And when Momma calls, you just have to come runnin’.” — Paul “Bear” Bryant more
I’m going to start eating naked. I know this will be problematic when eating at most local establishments, but if the food folks took one look at my clothes after a meal, they would understand. It’s not due to age or senility, both of which … more
How about if we call this halftime of the primary season? True, more than 30 states have held primaries and caucuses, but the schedulers have mercifully built in a two-week break between Wisconsin and New York. The only exception is Wyoming’s … more
I don’t dream very often of people who have died, but my grandfather is the exception to the rule. As much as I miss him, the dreams are never sad ones. In most cases we’re out on the Warrior River, fishing from a small boat. That image is … more
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