Love Bugs and Love Songs

Those of us who live in the South know them well. Those pesky little creatures that fly around in pairs, attached to each other like teenagers to their cell phones. They’re back! Love bugs tend to come around in early … Continue reading

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A Little Summer Joy with The Excelsior Band

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As the heat and humidity has been ridiculously off the charts this week, I’ve been looking for a little diversion. The public library is the perfect place to get in out of the heat and enjoy the entertainment offered during … Continue reading

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Red Clay Readers Take on Robert Inman’s Home Fires Burning

I’ve been reading the summer selections of the Red Clay Readers, AL.com’s on-line book club. Today I’d like to share my review of Alabamian, Robert Inman’s, first novel, Home Fires Burning. When Jessica Sawyer Rigby first approached me to write … Continue reading

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Jumping on the Wagon: Hayride2

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What could be more thrilling than watching a movie premiere with the actors, director and producers sitting in the same theater? How about watching that movie at The Crescent Theater when one of the stars of the show is the … Continue reading

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Going for the Gusto

I made a deal with myself a few years ago. For the rest of my life I will do what I want to do. I will “Suck the marrow out of life.” Enjoy my family and friends. Now I suppose … Continue reading

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Winding Down To Kill a Mockingbird

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As I mentioned earlier, I have been involved in the AL.com Red Clay Readers Book Club study of To Kill a Mockingbird. On Friday, April 25th the book club culminated in a round table discussion of the book lead by … Continue reading

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April is the Cruelest Month: Songs for Tax Day

When T.S. Eliot wrote The Waste Land, I’m not sure he had tax season in mind. But he hit the nail on the head with the opening lines. So in honor/horror of the upcoming tax deadline, I thought it would … Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird Interview

As I mentioned in my last blog, I spent last week preparing for a crew to come to my home and shoot a video about my thoughts on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a little unnerving when you … Continue reading

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Reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird

AL.com has just announced the creation of the on-line book club Red Clay Readers. The first selection is To Kill a Mockingbird, the pivotal, Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Monroeville native Harper Lee. I  was honored to be asked to do … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick’s Day & Leprechauns

For those of you who are not familiar with the Crichton Leprechaun of Mobile, AL, I thought I’d take a few minutes and give you a St. Patty’s Day laugh. When the story first hit in 2006, it became a … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Songs

So with all the rain we’ve been having on the Gulf Coast the last few day, I thought it might be fun to explore some of my favorite rainy day music. The first that comes to mind is Tom Waits, … Continue reading

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Inside Llewyn Davis at The Crescent

If you haven’t had a chance to see Inside Llewyn Davis, you can catch it at The Crescent through February 13th, so you haven’t yet missed the best movie of the year. I’ve been waiting for months to see it and wasn’t … Continue reading

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Looking Back

I love the turning over of a new leaf, the beginning of a new year all full of hope and promise, the opening up of a shiny new desk calendar. It gives me pleasure to think of possibilities. After an … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Another Self Portrait

In 1970, Bob Dylan released Self Portrait, a unique compilation of old folk songs, pop songs, country songs, and instrumentals, that received the ire of fans and critics alike. Sometimes I would find myself defending the album thinking I was  the … Continue reading

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Alabama the Ugly? Pretty is as Pretty Does.

By now my fellow Alabamians have read the story and heard the outrage about the poll conducted by Business Insider declaring us the state with the ugliest people. Now, I don’t put a whole lot of stake in polls. But … Continue reading

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