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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
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
The Daily Mountain Eagle has dedicated much ink over the last several days to possible tax increases being suggested by city and county officials. The Walker County Commission on Tuesday voted to ask for a referendum to seek more revenue (a tax … more
Well, here is my evolving take on the county plan to raise its sales tax from 2 cents to 3 cents ... The sales tax seems to be gaining certain traction. Certainly, I thought the mayors might give more negative feedback, as it would affect their … more
Well, the sales tax vote is next Tuesday. I need to speak to you quite seriously ... more
I’d felt a little sad and out of sorts for most of this past Monday without knowing why. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it seems twice as long as May. The short days seem dark and drab. /that evening as I finished my blog … more
Looking through Facebook posts of my friends this week, I felt a little envious and sad. It seems every other post is someone’s smiling mother. I especially like the older hand-tinted pictures. There’s something about those old photographs … more
A few weeks ago, I asked loyal readers of the Daily Mountain Eagle to weigh in on possible names for our upcoming child. With nearly 100 people contacting me via phone, email or social media, the … more
Even casual readers of this column have probably picked up on the fact that I love podcasts.Some people become fans of a single podcast, like last year’s S-Town, and then drift away after the final … more
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