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This would normally be where I say, hello, it is good to be back at the Daily Mountain Eagle, and I’ve enjoyed seeing staff and co-workers again, and, my, where did the seven years go. We won’t do that, because I know where my first day went to. It went straight to the Walker County Commission. Mainly because the commission is going to the poor house. more
The key figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement are seared in the national consciousness in black and white. The dramatic photos and television footage have been seen so many times in the past 50 years that there is a danger of becoming … more
Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. President Gerald Ford … 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
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
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