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Like them or not, Japanese maples are a very common addition to many home landscapes in and around our area ( in fact I have a couple of them myself). They are among the most versatile of all the … more
The country music artist John Anderson released the iconic song entitled "Just as Swingin'" in 1983. Scratching through AM radio dial recently, I came across that song, and it made me smile. It … more
Tina Wallace of the Yerkwood community represented Walker County in the state competition of the United States National Pageant system recently, being crowned Ms Woman Alabama for 2020 and also being named Ms. Congeniality.  more
The fact I do not recall women smoking cigarettes while I was young does not mean, however, that women were not heavy users of tobacco products. Snuff was in wide use among the women of that time. … more
In the absence of tobacco, some kids who thought it to be “big time” to smoke, but who did not have access to cigarettes, would take rabbit tobacco, cross vines, or other substances that they … more

Looking through old photographs, I came across one I had not seen in years. It was a silhouette of me at sunset. I was squatting in the sand on Taboga Island off the coast of Panama. On the back, I'd jotted in pen, June 1972. Looking back, I realize that I've spent a lot of time by the water. 

DORA – For as long as Hollie Gunter can remember, she has raised a hand to her face each time she smiled. As a child, Gunter had a bad fever that damaged the enamel on her permanent teeth. Her … more
And here we go again, or maybe we never got off this merry-go-round called Covid-19. As I trot around Downtown Jasper, I see it in all of our business owners. more

HarborChase of Jasper is providing many activities for senior residents to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I sometimes had a penny for candy, but never twenty cents which a pack of cigarettes sold for at that time. Consequently, I have never bought a pack of cigarettes in my life, so a dilemma of having … more
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