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rusty

rusty

There are some things so iconic they are photographed and written about over and over again. In Alabama, for example, we have the Saturn rocket, Vulcan, the Edmund Pettus bridge and the U.S.S. Alabama just to name a few. But if you are familiar with northwest Alabama one more icon would be in the running for “Most Photographed,” Rusty, the large, red, iron, setter that welcomes people to the historic downtown of Northport. I say setter, but I’m sure others may have a different opinion on Rusty’s bread. Alabama magazine recently did an article on Northport highlighting the famous pooch...

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valentine’s day

valentine’s day

Normally we are not huge celebrators of Valentine’s day. It has, however, become an excuse to exchange the occasional fun gift. This year we took advantage of February 14th to purchase another piece of art from one of our favorite Alabama organizations. We have about a dozen pieces from Studio by the Tracks which is located in Irondale, Alabama. Studio by the Tracks provides opportunities for adults with autism to produce pieces of art that they and any collector would be proud of. Additionally, the artists at Studio by the Tracks earn money for the pieces they create. But instead...

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six more weeks

six more weeks

We are summer people. All seasons have their place of course. Football in the fall and flowers in the spring all help define our place in the world. I have even become fond of the very occasional late March/early April snow. Yes, it snows in Alabama. Rarely. All that being said, we are summer people. Summer does come to Alabama with its fare share of challenges, such as oppressive heat and unrelenting humidity, but by February we are ready to usher it in. Unfortunately, that famed rascally rodent recently saw his shadow and we are in for a few more,...

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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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