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When talking with a friend recently, I mentioned that coming up with fresh ideas for this column was sometimes a struggle. When the muse is on vacay, I use a wacky toolkit to help me get through it. … more
“Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push – in just the right place – it can be tipped.” – Malcolm Gladwell, … more
Zac, Wyatt and I took a road trip to Florence last week in search of ice cream. Trowbridge’s is the oldest business in the city still operating in its original location. A dairyman named Paul Trowbridge opened the business in 1918 after falling … more
Well, the sales tax vote is next Tuesday. I need to speak to you quite seriously ... more
One year ago this week, a bulldog appeared in our yard. He was thirsty and starved. I could see his ribs. He had mange, and the white hair left on him was full of fleas. My conscience would not let me drive him from our yard hungry. I checked with a … more
In October 1921, Birmingham threw itself a birthday party. A New York Times reporter marveled that the city had been “a country post office” only 50 years before and that in five decades it … more
I had planned to write about other things, possibly the Trump administration. (Thank God, starting this week we have a responsible adult in the West Wing!) But now we have a new topic with the great … more
Iron City is a concert venue in Birmingham. Most nights at Iron City, hundreds of people show up to listen to incredible music by artists from across the globe. Over the next few months, Judah & The Lion, Tesla and Sam Hunt are scheduled to take … more
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about friendships this week. It’s hard to understand the importance of true friends when we are younger. Life is just beginning, and we invest our time and … more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... • First, one of the great regrets now that I will have in coming back is that I will not work with Walker County E-911 Director Roger Wilson, who died on Tuesday. I saw him, I think, just once, maybe twice at … more
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