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Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Eagle in 2013. Way back in the days of yore, there was a high-tech (for the time) craze known as Magic Lanterns. Long before the days of electricity, it was the great-granddaddy of today’s … more
Branding and slogans are new things for Walker County. In the past couple of weeks, our community has held two different branding unveilings, giving us an identity with “Walker County: We Can Do That” and promoting the historic county seat in … more
Planting seeds. That’s something I have done for most of my life. Before starting to school, Grandma Watson (my great grandmother) lived next door, and I visited almost every day. My mom would stand on the front porch sipping coffee while I … more
Several weeks ago, my 13-year-old son Stone came up to my wife and me with his eyes full of tears. We immediately wondered what had happened to make him that emotional. He was not sad. He was angry and disgusted. “This country is … more
Sunday was a victory for animal rights activists, as the elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey took the circus stage for the last time. Numerous media outlets have reported the elephants are going to a “sanctuary,” referring to the … more
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Daily Mountain Eagle in October 2011. In his famous “Sonnet to Google,” the great William Shakespeare wrote, “How do I love Google? Let me count the ways...” OK, so maybe I’ve … more
On Saturday, a group of people stood on the courthouse steps and made the audacious claim that Walker County is a pretty cool place to be. To be clear, they did not say that it is perfect. The point of Walker County Day was not to promote some … more
I opened a wooden jewelry box this week that has been a fixture on my desk for 40 years. I was looking for an old pocketknife, but what I found was a piece of paper that represented a milestone in my life. The jewelry box was a gift I bought … more
When moving into an area, there are a handful of questions that come up fairly often. “Have you found a house?” “What schools are your kids in?” In the South, the one question you get more than most is, “Where do you go to … more
About a month ago, Zac and I had a Friday night to ourselves. When he got off work, I asked him to meet me at Long Memorial United Methodist Church, where I was taking pictures of the Good Friday cross draped in a black shroud. He waited … more
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