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I called it our all-American couple’s road trip. Zac and I traveled 1,300 miles through five states in three days, crossed three major rivers, visited two state capitals and toured two presidential libraries. The latter was the inspiration … more
What could be better than a picnic on a small patch of green grass on a sunny May day? How about if that family feast was on a mere few feet from a headstone? It sounds weird to anyone from other parts of the country. But it happens just about … more
It’s officially Christmastime for us. This weekend we’ll get a live tree, fire up the Christmas music, and light up the fireplace mantel. The celebrations are still special, but they more subdued since our folks passed on. Like always, there … more
In 1851, a wedding brought 12 women together at the Mt. Ida Plantation in Talladega County to make a floral album quilt for the bride and groom. The plantation, like the Old South, is gone. It burned to the ground in 1956 after being struck by … more
Several readers have mentioned to me in recent days that my lack of a column over the last two weeks was a bit of a disappointment for them. Jerome Wassmann, a former publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle, was one of the people who mentioned my … more
In recent months, I have watched some outstanding films. Some of my favorites that I have seen this year include “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hidden Figures,” “Logan,” and “Fences.” All those … more
Since moving back to Jasper a few weeks ago, our family has lived in an area hotel as we awaited a closing date on our new home. This is not our first rodeo as a family actually living in a hotel. When we moved to Mississippi several years ago, … more
Each time I hear someone mention the year 1966, an image of a Chevrolet Chevelle develops in my mind like a Polaroid picture. Chevy started building the Chevelle Super Sport in 1964. The first two years they were beautiful cars, but designers got it … 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
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Eagle in 2002. Long ago and far away, I saw an opening scene of a stage play that has permanently engraved itself in my mind. This was Prague, in the Czech Republic — formerly Czechoslovakia … more
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