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The UPS person dropped off a package Saturday at my front door. I did not hear the person nor did my dogs or I would have picked up the package and brought it inside earlier than when my wife found it outside in the heat. No, nothing ruined.

Several days ago, I discovered that the Tubi platform offers one of my favorite television shows from the past, Columbo, starring Peter Falk. I can hardly wait for the end of the day so that I can indulge myself with another episode or two ea…

The party invitation was composed in verse, handwritten in white ink on dark green paper. I remember that the words on the card started something like this: On the sixth of June/ Under the moon … .

Last week I gave you a list of the Most Hated Athletes of my time in this life. They were ranked in no particular order and the list could have been much longer had space in this newspaper allowed. The same may be said of this week’s list of …

When I was a child, we had two large mulberry trees, one in each side of our back door in Jernigan. Mama never let me eat the berries because she had been told they were “full of worms,” but I loved playing in the shade the beautiful old tree…

The Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 7A State Championship blue map trophy has a new star. That star is marking the location of Central High on Dobbs Drive in Phenix City as the 2022 baseball champions – finally.

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I know this is a weird topic, but that is what it is – just plain weird. Or perhaps I should say it is really about a kid who was the weirdest weirdo to play the game of baseball.

How our memories function is a mystery to me.  Although I’ve read several theories on why we might vividly recall one moment from our pasts, but not another, I have no answers. I do realize that my best and worst memories are often triggered …

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Rice’s Cross Garden near Prattville, but it certainly made an impression on me. It also garnered the distinction of being called “the single greatest man-made thing in Alabama” by the author of Alabama Curi…

I come from a family that believes in Vick’s VapoRub – although we still call it “Vick’s Salve.” Daddy sold it in our store, and I used to see people swallow globs of it to manage a bad cold. As a child, I hated having it smeared under my sto…

The older I get, the more interested I become in preserving recipes that I ate as a child, especially the ones that seem to not be as popular anymore.  Before sugar became the top ingredient in breakfast cereal—not to even mention the lure of…

Not liking cold weather at all, I am happy every year to see the first warm days when the yellow bulbs start to bloom — even though often we are soon hit by another freeze.  I’ve heard the terms buttercup, daffodil, jonquil, and narcissus use…

When we left Jernigan this past Sunday afternoon, we decided to drive back to Auburn by a different route than our usual one. Instead of turning left at Kite’s Store and heading toward Pittsview and Seale, we continued up Highway 165 toward F…

Last month, we celebrated Mama’s birthday, and this week Daddy will be 93. Neither of them looks or acts their age, and that’s a good thing.   When I asked Mama in January what she attributed her long life to, she answered that she didn’t sul…

So it didn’t stick; it still snowed.  Snow is magical to most southerners because it is such a rarity.  We don’t have to deal with it for weeks on end here, so we celebrate even a few flakes that melt upon touching the earth. Whereas it is a …

Once again, I am in the throes of trying to pare down and organize excess in my house. Unfortunately, among the things that I have formed attachments to are clothes that belonged to my son as he was growing up.  During recent rainy days, whil…

Having reminisced about Mrs. Potato Head and Silly Putty, I realize that my trip down the Memory Lane of toys from my childhood would not be complete without mentioning Wooly Willy.  Back in 1955, when I was about a year old, Jim Herzog was w…

Well, he is smallish in comparison to the typical quarterback. Like Harry Gilmer who was small and could take the hardest hits from opponents. He is smooth in his delivery of the football like Joe Namath. His accuracy on his passes is akin to…

Every year the Christmas season seems to awaken the ghosts of Christmases past. My grandmother used to tell Mama that I was “the rambling-est child she’d ever seen.” Every time we visited, she said, I wanted to see what was in the attic, what…

Facebook has been busy lately with posts about the recent time change, some in favor of and others against it. Since I work online now and can stay in my warm pajamas all day if I want to, I don’t have much of an opinion on whether we’re spri…