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new york city!

new york city!

We stood, my youngest Isabel and I, on the King’s Mound surveying the Moundville Archaeological Park. Surrounded by her entire fifth-grade class we moved to the side of the mound overlooking the Black Warrior River. The docent swept his arm upward as if to demonstrate the grandeur of the river, flood plain and surrounding rich agricultural land that make up this part of Hale county. “Can you imagine,” he was saying, “coming around the bend in the Black Warrior and seeing this mound for the first time? It would be like coming to an island the size of Manhattan to...

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camp: past and present

camp: past and present

First, let me start by saying Happy New Year! I think we can all agree that 2020 was challenging and we all look forward to a fresh start. I hope everyone enjoyed a nice and relaxing holiday. Like many people I tend to get a little nostalgic this time of year, but this season it started about a week earlier that usual as we took our youngest up the mountain to Mentone for the last time. All of our girls have attended Camp Skyline Ranch. Camp Skyline has three teams (Rangers, Mounties and Troopers). The team a camper will be...

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postcards from Alabama

postcards from Alabama

Welcome to the newest addition here at the yhtc. We love the imagery on vintage postcards and have begun a search for postcards that best convey the flavor that is Alabama. We offer this series, in part, to our expats who may be looking for some fun reminders of home. Our first postcard comes to you from the Wiregrass. The information on the back of these little treasures can be as interesting as the pictures on the front. The back of our first postcard reads: “Boll Weevil Monument” Unveiled Dec. 1919. The only monument in the world glorifying a pest...

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wild turkey

wild turkey

The following message has been pre-recorded or at least pre-written. Many of the entries we will be posting on the journal were written some years ago. Although we feel that most of them are still interesting and relevant, we will try to give our readers some context especially if one seems particularly out of date. Additionally, we have decided to give you a twofer this Thanksgiving as it has been a particularly long and arduous year.  Thanksgiving entry (Part I) What do you think of when I say Wild Turkey? Me too. In fact, I am enjoying one right now....

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veterans day

veterans day

On this Veterans Day, I could tell you that a Birmingham native by the name of Raymond Weeks initiated this national day of remembrance. On this Veterans Day, I could describe how in 1945 Mr. Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice day to honor all veterans, not just the veterans of World War I. On this Veterans Day, I could evoke a sense of patriotic pride in you, my fellow Alabamians, by describing how in 1946 Mr. Weeks had an audience with General Eisenhower himself to pitch the idea, and that in 1947 Mr. Weeks lead the first national...

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