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Early last week, I got a text message asking, “Were the two nuns killed in the town where you lived in Mississippi?” I had read the reports a couple of days earlier that two nuns had been killed in Durant, Miss., which is very close to the … more
Something happened this past week that made me dance a little jig. Last Thursday after work, I decided to take a walk. Our collie, Caillou, loves walking in winter, but he is less than enthused in August. Maybe the mink coat he wears makes him … more
Sept. 18, 1995, is a day that I will never forget. more
The beginning of high school football was a welcomed sight a little more than a week ago. While seeing the high school kids hit the gridiron has relieved some of our pigskin withdrawals, the kickoff of the college football season this week will … more
There’s an old rake in our shed with a handle worn smooth from use. We inherited it from Jilda’s mom Ruby along with many other things. Our great nephew Jordan loves playing with the rake. The first time he saw the old tool, he immediately … more
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
Things change as you age and this lesson came into sharp focus this week as I prepared for a workshop down in Carrolton, Alabama. The weatherman promised the temps would be lower this coming week, but apparently the mercury hasn’t gotten the … more
While walking yesterday, I noticed something I hadn’t seen in years. It was a half-gallon milk bottle from the 1950s sitting on a sill just inside the barn. The glass bottle was the kind that used a cardboard stopper the size of a half-dollar as a … more
The gallbladder is one part of our bodies that we do not really think about until it causes us some trouble. Most people realize they have a gallbladder, but few know what it is until they are to the … more
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Daily Mountain Eagle in August 1983. This month, all the signs of summer’s end seem to pop up at once, everywhere. But more likely it’s just because I’ve started watching for them. If … more
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