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Jilda prepares dinner every day without fail. She often cooks breakfast and lunch, too, but dinner is the biggie. We rarely waste food. At any given time there are stacks of containers inside our refrigerator. Every day or so, our dinner is a … more
Facing one of the most adversarial contests in recent history and daily coverage of the presidential election that dominates every form of mass media, 52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant … more
I’ve decided to stop talking about the lack of rain and the parched earth. I remember thinking last spring after weeks of rain — I’m getting tired of the wet stuff. I thought of my friends in … more
I am pro-life. This issue is extremely complicated given the many religious and scientific theories as to the question of when does life begin. Some believe this is when the fetus is viable. That … more
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series hopes are still alive as this column is taking shape. In a few hours, Game 6 in Cleveland will determine whether the team is one win away from reversing a … more
The allure of a new coffee bar in Jasper was too robust to pass up so I decided to give it a try. I love frou-frou coffee and the ones they sell at Mickey D’s wasn’t cutting it. After a meeting at the college in Jasper, I wheeled in front of … more
Roaming the woods in a remote section of Walker County was a part of life as a child growing up in the Phillipstown/ Stacks Bottom area of Empire. In my early years, before Atari and Nintendo and in the days of only three or four channels on … more
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Eagle in 1987. Three of us were talking. All of us parents. We were talking about — as often happens, in that situation — being parents. It’s a rough row to hoe, we agreed. “I … more
A meeting in Fayette had me headed to West Alabama again today. The route there took me through long stretches of rural farm country.  I drove through clouds of cotton on both sides of the road. … more
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The candy and scary movies are great, but my main reason for loving the holiday is because the first spawn of James Phillips made his way into the world Halloween 2002. I refer to my about to be … more
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