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The South is a strange and wonderful place, but there are times when I question my decision to stay here. Some years, the months of July and August are so brutal it seems there’s not enough mercury … more
On a cool, early October morning, more than 200 kindergarten students and approximately 150 of their family members converged on Faye Whittemore Farms in Jasper for a field trip to the Pumpkin … more
Ethel Payne had a question for President Eisenhower that he didn’t want to hear. more
There’s a lot to love about October. Aside from high school and college football, the month has much to offer. The colors alone are worth the price of admission. If you don’t believe me, take a … more
Tragic stories are common in the newspaper business. Sometimes those tragic stories hit way too close to home. A news story that rolled across the Associated Press wire on April 11, 2010, was one of those times that tragedy hit close to our … 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
Have you ever heard of Stevens Johnson Syndrome? I had not until about four years ago when I found myself inside the emergency room at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Earlier that day my daughter, Daisy, began screaming uncontrollably, … more
I know the instant my taste in music changed. It was the summer of 1971. I’d just turned 20 and had begun serving two years in the US Army. At one moment my favorite music included Neil Diamond, the Four Seasons and Tom Jones. The next moment I … more
My Uncle Pete drove into our yard in Whiting, Indiana one Saturday during the summer of 1956. He and Aunt Myra were riding in a shiny new Mercury Monterey. The paint was sky blue, and I’d never seen a more beautiful car. He parked the Mercury … more
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