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Last week, I wrote about three of my most commonly lost items. This week, I want to share a few more such items. I would begin by recapping those first three lost items, but I’ve lost the list! If I remember correctly, those three were my keys, cell phone, and remote controls. I still haven’…

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Well, I’ve gone and done it again. I’ve lost my keys. They have been AWOL for two weeks now. I’ve even had new keys cut. I thought surely that would beckon my lost ones out of hiding, but even that didn’t work. There aren’t many things more annoying than not being able to find what we have l…

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February 1, 1956, Autherine Lucy of Birmingham became the first African American to enroll at the University of Alabama. Her stay at the school ended abruptly, however, as she was suspended and then expelled amid campus unrest. Permanent integration of the university would be delayed until 1…

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I am counting down the days until spring arrives. This week’s sunshine felt like Catnip for humans.

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In only 21 short months, at the close of 2022, Alabama will lose the greatest senator in our state’s history. Those of us who are political historians will acknowledge Richard Shelby as Alabama’s most pronounced political emissary in Washington.

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I don’t know exactly what it is about the sound of hard heels pounding on a wooden boardwalk, but I do love that sound. I like it even better when I am wearing my cowboy boots. I guess part of that pleasure is that it takes me back to my childhood-cowboy days. No, I was never actually a cowb…

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The 2021 legislative session has begun. It will be a monumental and difficult session. Due to COVID restrictions, the logistics of just meeting will be a task. House members will be spread out all over the Statehouse to adhere to distancing requirements. It is still uncertain as to how the P…

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Here we are with another holiday. We have one in every month of the year, except August. The closest thing August has to a holiday, are the dog days of summer, and even those begin in July. If your birthday is in August, that does count as a holiday, unless, of course, you are my daughter. S…

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As a young woman I was always attracted to the bad boys. I was a goody-two-shoes myself. Maybe what I saw in the bad boys was excitement; something so different from my normal life. My friends and family wrung their hands and worried about me. They knew me to be a fairly level-headed, bright…

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When I was a youngster, I believed monsters lived under my bed. There are a number of reasons why I thought such silly things. One is because I have always had a strong imagination. I am not an only child, but my siblings were all several years older than me. Because of our age differences, …

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As the 2021 Regular Legislative Session begins, you will see new leadership in the state Senate. Republicans dominate both chambers, overwhelmingly. They have a super majority and dominate all issues and the budgeting process. They acknowledge the handful of Democrats, but really never give …

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Many politicians use the prospect of increased fraud as a reason to vote against particular legislation. That argument has been used here in Alabama to prevent improvements in health care coverage and ease of voting.

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The 2021 Regular Legislative Session begins next week. Over the years I have observed some outstanding classes of freshman legislators. Some standout more than others and occasionally you have a very stellar class. My observation is that this freshman class of state senators is a class to re…

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Boys! We boys may be grown men, even senior adults, but if you ask the ladies in our lives, some may say that we are still just boys. It has been said that men are just big boys with expensive toys. When I was a boy, the closest thing we had to a toy store in my hometown was Cecil Shirey’s F…

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This is an opinion cartoon. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn into office on message of unity. Let the healing begin.

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There is so much I could write about it when it comes to the cesspool that is national politics in this day and time.

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I’m excited to join The Times-Journal as the newest staff writer. Allow me to tell you a bit about myself and how my life has taken me around the world and back.

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It has been speculated for several years that Alabama could lose a congressional seat after the 2020 Census. It was thought to be a foregone conclusion. However, in recent days, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicate that we might dodge that bullet. They say we are on the cusp and if we h…

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I know, there is a song about Poncho and Lefty, but that’s not what this is. I don’t know if the preacher’s wife was lefthanded. Since Poncho was a dog, I would call him quadextrous. Poncho was my dog, long, long ago, and the preacher’s wife was my pastor’s wife, Mrs. Hodgens. This is a stor…

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There are several things I wanted to mention to our readers…

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Most families have at least one relative that, shall we say, operates on the fringes of reality. In the south, we sometimes treat that relative with bemused pride. We often form a bubble of love around them that would appear to an outsider as though we are embracing the insanity ourselves. W…

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How did you feel as you watched an angry mob break into the capitol building in Washington D.C.? Were you proud of our country? Did you feel like this was “democracy in action?” Did you think to yourself, “This is my country. This is my president. This makes me proud.”? Do you feel like this…

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Back when I grew up, we played with dangerous things. Amazingly, most of us survived those days...even without crash helmets! I probably wasn’t more than eight or nine years old, when I got my first pocket knife. I’ll be the first to admit, that was probably too young, but I still have all t…

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As we close the book on 2020, we will close the door on national politics and get back to the basics, good old Alabama politics. That’s my game. It is what I know and like to write and talk about. Some say my prognostications and observations on Alabama politics are sometimes accurate. Howev…

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During the weekend of December 19/20, as I attempted to enter our Fort Payne Wal Mart store, I was met by a large group of Biker Club member who were raising money for the Salvation Army, an organization which many folks support with donations every Christmas. Of the approximately 25 men who…

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Hello, 2021! You are SO welcome. Your predecessor was a bit dramatic for my tastes. In fact, I’m still so shell-shocked by 2020 that I’m going to hold off on giving 2021 the benefit of the doubt. None of the usual superlatives about how changing calendars means everything’s now better.

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Have you ever had friends or family members whom you loved to see coming, but perhaps, by the time they left, you were happier to see them go? As some people say, “No harm, no foul, just being honest.” Some people don’t know when to leave, or as Mama used to say, “They wear out their welcome…

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As is my annual ritual, my yearend column pays tribute to Alabama political legends who have passed away during the year.

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I am a storyteller. I love to read, hear, and tell good stories. I’ve heard some storytellers say, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” I might even agree, as long as our audience understands that our story isn’t true. Of course, we call those kinds of stories fiction. Those…

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As we close out this year of COVID and presidential politics many of you are still in discussions about Donald Trump. Some are still enthralled with the most colorful and controversial character in my presidential memory and are saying the election was stolen from him. Others are saying he i…

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For God so loved the world......so much that He sent us a Savior. The wonderful account and miracle of Jesus’ birth never gets old. On December 12 and 13, our church presented a drive thru live nativity and shadow drama. The work melted into blessings as we experienced such an outpouring of …

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I understand three ghosts visited Washington, DC this week. The ghost of Christmas Past showed scenes of little children taken from their parents at the border, of long-time allies rudely dismissed while dictators are embraced as exemplary leaders, of the president of the United States demea…

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We hope you all had a safe and relaxing holiday surrounded by people you love. In this gap between Christmas and New Year’s, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that was – even though we’d honestly rather forget 2020.

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I’ve really never studied much about the Nativity until this year, and I’ve found the differences in the Gospels about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, fascinating.

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You probably know the popular Christmas hymn, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” What you may, or may not know, is who wrote it and when. The lyrics to the song began as a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was written almost a decade prior to being set to music to be su…