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Let’s clean out the notebook .... • Needless to say, we have heard plenty of reaction to the various taxes being thrown around. I am hearing there is some concern about Jasper’s new gas … more
As far as I can remember, my first stage performance was when I was around 10 years old. I played a brown bear in a children’s musical at my church. Imagine the child in “A Christmas Story,” but instead of a pink bunny costume, I was in a brown bear outfit. I do not remember the premise of the play, but obviously it connected wild animals to Jesus in some fashion. more
The road felt like my office this past week. Wednesday, the weather radar showed rain moving in from the south, so I tossed a tent-sized umbrella behind the seat before heading out. Meetings took me to the northern and western parts of Alabama. Some … more
For six days in August 1835, New Yorkers were captivated by a series of newspaper articles that described the latest discoveries of astronomer Sir John Herschel. From his post on the Cape of Good … more
When state Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, spoke to the Walker County Republican Party recently, I got a reminder of my lingering questions over the years about how jails have been run in Alabama. … more
During our time living in Mississippi, the Phillips family fell in love with the Mardi Gras holiday. Even though Mardi Gras started in Mobile, it is much more prevalent as a holiday and celebration in Louisiana and Mississippi than it is in most … more
The Daily Mountain Eagle has dedicated much ink over the last several days to possible tax increases being suggested by city and county officials. The Walker County Commission on Tuesday voted to ask for a referendum to seek more revenue (a tax … more
I’d felt a little sad and out of sorts for most of this past Monday without knowing why. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it seems twice as long as May. The short days seem dark and drab. /that evening as I finished my blog … more
Mayberry — that fictional Southern town where neighbors are family and life moves at a snail’s pace — seems far removed from the turbulent, divisive world of 2017. But what if it were just a click away? more
So, now that things are settled down, I can settle into my regular Thursday slot and answer the question, “What are you doing back here?”  Well, I’m a little surprised myself. You with … more
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