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Alabama Snapshots: Baby’s First Christmas

Submit Your Images! February Theme: “Service Pets” Deadline for February: December 31. Submit photos online: or send color photos with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Photos, Alabama Living, P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 Rules: Alabama Living will pay $10 for photos that best match our theme of the month. Photos may also be published on our […]

Alabama’s Health

Need for dialysis likely to increase; options available Nearly 10,000 Alabamians receive dialysis treatments to remove excess water, solutes and toxins from their blood. This number is approximately equal to the total current population of Perry County. About half of all Alabama dialysis patients must receive dialysis due to diabetes. High blood pressure (or hypertension) […]

Alabama Academy of Honor class features all women

The Alabama Academy of Honor, established in 1965, recently celebrated its first class that features all women. The academy bestows honor and recognition upon Alabamians for accomplishments and service benefiting or reflecting great credit on the state. The membership is limited to 100 living Alabamians, plus all of the state’s living governors. New classes are […]

Hay Now!

West Alabama man’s whimsical hay bales continue to delight motorists by Allison Griffith There’s precious little to break up the rural scenery along this stretch of Alabama Highway 43 between Demopolis and Eutaw. That is, until you spot some curious creatures – including a 30-foot Tin Man of “The Wizard of Oz” fame – peeking […]

The power of co-ops working together

Association celebrates 70 years of serving Alabama’s cooperatives by Allison Griffith Your rural electric cooperative is one of 22 such co-ops in Alabama, and together they provide electricity to more than 1 million Alabamians – a quarter of the state’s population – and cooperative power lines cover more than 70 percent of the state’s land […]

Water heater efficiency and maintenance

Q: Our water heater is 15 years old. About how long should it last? Are there things I can do to maintain it and make it more efficient? Or should I just replace it? It’s hard to say how long your water heater will last. Certified home inspectors estimate the life span to be about 10 […]

“Rose of Winter” Season: Best time of year for the A-O Men’s Camellia Club

Winter officially arrives this month, which may make some gardeners feel a little sad. But for a group of east-central Alabama gentlemen, this is a month of great gardening joy. That’s because this is high season for the “rose of winter” — more commonly known as the camellia. Camellias have been adored by Southern gardeners […]

Alabama People: A man of letters

Dr. Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University, is the author of 13 books, the most recent of which, Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee, chronicles 25 years of correspondence with the famed author of To Kill a Mockingbird. He disputes rumors that Lee suffered from Alzheimer’s in her […]

WTD: Italian fare with Irish flair

Story and photos by Aaron Tanner Steve Flynn has an Irish heritage, but when he wanted to start a restaurant of his own, he knew that Italian would be a bigger customer draw than Irish food. “We couldn’t make a living selling corned beef and cabbage,” he says. He was obviously right. He’s been dishing […]

The encyclopedia of modern electricity

DOE study describes how coal plants and solar cells can share the same power lines—and more Coal-fired power plants are closing. Homeowners with rooftop solar panels are selling unused electricity back to their utility. Windfarms are springing up across the Great Plains. Fracking and other drilling techniques have cut the cost of natural gas by […]

Tasteful Giving

By Jennifer Kornegay Food/Photography by Brooke Echols “’Tis better to give than receive.” That’s an admirable sentiment, but maybe not so accurate when you’re set to be on the receiving end of an edible gift. Who doesn’t love retrieving a little bundle from their mailbox or a bag at their front door, opening it and […]

Tough ‘other’ bass offer anglers hot action in cold water

Ferocious, hard-fighting and aggressive, spotted bass populate most Alabama waters, but typically go almost overlooked, particularly in the winter when so many sportsmen prefer hunting to fishing. Most anglers catch them more by accident than intention when seeking largemouth, smallmouth or striped bass, but these vicious predators can challenge tackle anywhere in the Cotton State […]

Hardy Jackson’s Alabama

Mama’s perfect Christmas turkey As we enter the Christmas season, many of you are looking back on a Thanksgiving and thinking, “I wished I had baked a turkey.” You know why you didn’t. Turkey baking is a daunting task. The bird is big. You have only one chance to get it right. All sorts of […]