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Snapshots: Playful Puppies
Submit Your Images! June Theme: “Old Churches” Deadline for June: April 30 Submit photos online: www.alabamaliving.coop/submit-photo/ 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 […]


Financial literacy month: the perfect time to plan for your future
April is Financial Literacy Month and there’s no better time than right now to begin to save for your future. The earlier you start saving, the more you can accrue in a 401k individual retirement account and other types of IRAs. Social Security helps secure your future, but Social Security is only one part of […]


This Month in Alabama History: April 3, 1920
Montgomery native Zelda Sayre married novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in New York. Often the inspiration for characters and themes in her husband’s work, Zelda soon became a symbol of the free-wheeling “flapper” lifestyle and the Jazz Age. An author and artist in her own right, she produced more than two dozen short stories and articles […]


Alabama postage stamp unveiled
Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon helped unveil the Alabama Statehood Forever Stamp in February during ceremonies in Huntsville, site of the state’s first Constitutional Convention in 1819. “It was what happened at this spot 200 years ago that helped bring the state of Alabama into existence,” McCutcheon said. “It created not just the […]


A colorful treasure hunt
Barn Quilt Trail honors tradition, boosts tourism By Jennifer Crossley Howard | Photos by James W. Hannon On the rural roads her job as a traveling nurse often sends her to, Regina Painter saw her first barn quilt. Today, a few years later, she paints many of the colorful metal quilt blocks that adorn old […]


Communities pull together after March 3 tornadoes
Severe weather dealt a heavy blow to areas across the Southeast on Sunday, March 3, including several co-op areas in Alabama. The entire state mourned the deaths of the 23 people – adults and children – who died in Lee County in the EF-4 tornado that touched down near the Beauregard community, south of Auburn […]


Historic town opens its arms to visitors
By John N. Felsher In April 1865, 4,000 Union Army soldiers under Gen. Benjamin H. Grierson approached Eufaula, a port town on the Chattahoochee River. Many southern cities had already burned down during the Civil War. The people of Eufaula, relatively untouched by the war so far, braced for the worst. Generals Robert E. Lee […]


Breathing easy at Camp WheezeAway
By Lori M. Quiller Most recent Alabama data find one in every 10 Alabama adults, or 306,000, suffer from asthma. The data also show more than 12 percent of Alabama children are living with the chronic respiratory disease at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, these children live sheltered lives trying to avoid the triggers […]


WTD: Gather Restaurant
A modern take on comfort food in Atmore Story by Allison Law, Photos by Mark Stephenson Atmore may be best known today as the home of the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, which towers above the landscape off Interstate 65. But the locals – and increasingly, travelers too – know that there’s another draw, one […]


Alabama People: Bill Deutsch
Protecting Alabama’s waterways Few, if any, people know Alabama’s rivers, streams and lakes better than Bill Deutsch. He has spent more than 30 years investigating and protecting the state’s 130,000 miles of waterways as an aquatic biologist in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. For 21 of those years, he served as […]


The future of farming: hunger charity changes lives with high-tech agriculture
Story and photos by Michael Cornelison Providing food to a community in need is a challenge the volunteers of Manna House in north central Alabama have been meeting since 2004. But keeping up with the growing demand for the nutrient-rich, flavorful greens prescribed for those going through medical treatments, like chemotherapy and dialysis, required a […]


Weird racks make for unusual deer trophies
Photos by Gary Chamlee Keepers of white-tailed deer records list two different categories for antlers: typical and non-typical. However, some non-typicals look even more non-typical than most! While hunting with his father Clinton Walston of Fyffe, Eli Walston shot possibly the buck of his lifetime at the ripe old age of 9 years old. They […]


Spring plant sales
Great plants for great causes What if you could buy excellent plants for your garden and plant your dollars in a worthy cause? You can if you shop at one of the many charity plant sales that sprout up across the state this time of year. Each of these events, typically hosted by local civic, […]


Q&A: Breaking down seven energy-saving claims
By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: Is it true that turning lights off and on uses more energy than just leaving them on? A: Not true. Turning off lights definitely reduces energy use. Turn off LED and incandescent bulbs every time you leave the room. The situation is a little different with compact fluorescent […]


Can’t sleep? Here’s the answer
Spring. The Masters in Augusta. Golf. Yawn. According to a recent poll taken by Calm, which bills itself as “the #1 app for meditation and sleep,” if you are plagued with insomnia, the best cure is to watch golf. Yessir. Calm’s pollsters handed a bunch of folks a list of 10 popular sports and asked […]


Short & Sweet
Though it can be fleeting, our state’s strawberry season surely is sweet. BY JENNIFER KORNEGAY | STYLING/PHOTOS BY BROOKE ECHOLS Due to our state’s size and varied growing zones, strawberry season across the entirety of Alabama can last for several months, beginning in the southern section and spreading to the north. But in each specific spot, […]