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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 Feb. 14, Jilda and I celebrate our 43rd Valentine’s Day as a married couple. There were also several years before we tied the knot, but suffice it to say we’ve eaten a few boxes of chocolates together. In the early years, I was broker than … more
Last Monday when we arrived for our weekly yoga class, the parking lot of the community center was full. When we went inside, we learned that one of the local merchants had rented the center for the evening for their annual Christmas party. more
Jasper Mayor David O’Mary spoke in-depth earlier this week about the state of the city’s finances. His presentation showed the city will end fiscal year 2017 with a $2.7 million … more
The 2016 Alabama legislative session ends today, and with all of the important issues facing the state, it is amazing how little has gotten done. But, hey, Alabama now has an official state cake. Well, the Legislature passed a bill to name lane cake the state cake of Alabama. It won’t be official until Gov. Robert Bentley signs it. Lane cake, for those who don’t know, and we believe there are quite a few who don’t, is a layered cake with pecans, coconut and, sometimes, a little bit of bourbon. more
When the weather turned off chilly the week before last, Jilda was giddy. She stripped the cotton sheets from our bed and put on flannel sheets. Those sheets feel like the red and green shirt I wore … more
Our antiquated 1901 Constitution was designed to give inordinate power to the Legislature. During the Wallace years, the King of Alabama politics, George Wallace, usurped this power and controlled the Legislature from the Executive Branch of Government. more
Call me weird, but one of my favorite subjects in school was Math. Geometry was my first choice, but I was also fascinated by percentages and the way they could predict how likely the chances were … more
With Christmas a little more than a week away, the Phillips family’s calendar is filling up faster than toys are being built at the North Pole. For several months now, our family has been preparing for two holiday stage performances, “The … more
At lunchtime yesterday, I left my office at Bevill State Community College to attend a chamber of commerce lunch meeting. The sky was tombstone grey with light mist falling. Cranking up my truck, I sat for a moment while the engine warmed and the wipers squeaked on the windshield, looking for water to swish. I rolled the driver’s side window down to wipe the mist off my rearview mirror. more
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