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Valentine’s Day 1996 is a day that I will never forget. A few months earlier, I had started dating the girl of my dreams. Before I knew it, Valentine’s Day was upon us. As a boyfriend, I was … more
In 2003, when my Marine unit received orders for Iraq, I began to live my life differently. I trained harder, read books to try to learn more about the enemy and when it came to those things in life … more
I’ve been at a creative low tide since November. The oral surgery in December didn’t help. Usually, when I get in a slump I simply wait it out. But that tactic wasn’t working this time. So … more
After nearly 150 years, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is going to shut down “The Greatest Show on Earth.” A decline in ticket sales, which has dipped greatly since the circus … more
It started with an internship. The Daily Mountain Eagle was supposed to be a stopover on the way to Montgomery, a city with politics at the center and history around every corner. But dreams change when people change. Ten years have passed … more
I live in Alabama, and I went to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., last weekend. And I’m not just a woman who happens to live in Alabama — I’m an Alabamian. I grew up with season tickets … more
I have “middle of the month blues.” The condition is worse in January because I’m coming down from all the holiday hurrah. I’ve celebrated my birthday, which is twoweeks after New Year’s Day, and it is winter to boot. The bad part is … more
My birthday is this week. I celebrate 66 years on the planet. Through the years, the gifts from my lovely spouse Jilda have evolved. During the early years when my hair was thick and my waistline was thin, she gave me records, books and snazzy … more
Have you heard about the New York City bus driver who veered from his route through the Bronx in 1947 and took a joyride down to Florida? If not, then I’ve got a podcast recommendation for you. Podcasts are essentially radio shows made … more
I know I say this with every change of season, but it’s beautiful this time of year. After the drought last summer and fall, the trees looked tired. We had some color but not like years past. But then the rain came. It was refreshing not only for … more
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