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Today I’ve been thinking about our friend, Louis. He is dying. He's almost 90 and in congestive heart failure. After surviving several bouts with cancer, a defective valve that could have been fixed several years ago is now beyond repair. His body … more
On April 27, 2011, I huddled in a hallway with my son as an EF4 tornado passed within a half-mile of us. At the first sound of wood cracking, my plan was to throw myself on top of him, shielding him from whatever the wind unleashed. Ninety miles away in Smithville, Mississippi, another mother stood in front of what was left of her house. Patty Parker had chased the mile-wide EF5 tornado from nearby Amory, where she was the executive director of United Way, to Smithville. When live power lines and debris made driving impossible, she abandoned her car and ran toward home in high heels. more
After moving into our neighborhood last spring, I received a postcard in the mail inviting me to join Nextdoor, an app describing itself as a private social network for your neighborhood. According to its website, Nextdoor “is the best way to … more
During a recent interview with the Daily Mountain Eagle, Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood mentioned a rise in scam artists in the county in recent weeks and months. “I think it is something that readers of the Daily Mountain Eagle need to be … more
One of the most profound things I’ve discovered stumbling through life is that there are Universal Truths. These truths are things that any unbiased witness would affirm. What follows is my short list of Universal Truths that I’ve … more
Aline Drummond made history by sitting down on Thursday, Jan. 19, 1967. “Walker County’s first woman sat on a jury this morning in Circuit Court,” the Daily Mountain Eagle reported. “Mrs. Aline Drummond took her seat in the jury box … more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... Well, we have more bad business news. Signs posted at various times, and numerous Facebook posts, say that Solid Image Fitness in Jasper has closed its doors suddenly. This is sad, because that gym, which was … more
When it comes to good candy, no other holiday even comes close to Easter. I am partial to Cadbury Eggs. Those are the chocolate eggs with the gooey, creme-filled center that looks like a yolk. Cadbury Eggs are probably best known for their … more
This is what I believe: No matter how long we live, life is short. This idea of impermanence has been on my mind lately. Last weekend, Jilda and I went to the Birmingham Art Museum to watch a … more
“Cause He died for a crowd deep as it is wide.” — Eric Paslay, “Deep as it is Wide” Greg Zanis makes crosses. Each one represents a life snuffed out, usually as a result of … more
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