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Alabama Snapshots: Service Pets

Submit Your Images! April Theme: “Country Roads” Deadline for April: February 28 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 […]


Social security

Reaching retirement age? Here’s what you need to know Every birthday deserves celebration, but some seem a little more special than others. Think of a baby’s first birthday. Sweet 16. The “Big 4-0.” Then, before you know it, along comes 65. This last milestone is especially important to retirees. For nearly half a century, American […]


Rural health

Genomic testing holds exciting potential for disease treatment Alabama has implemented a visionary and innovative investment in the future of its residents’ health status by awarding $2 million per year for a five-year program. The Alabama Genomic Health Initiative (AGHI) aims to unlock the human genome by identifying specific genes to allow for preventing and […]


Career academies motivate high school students with personalized learning

By Minnie Lamberth In May 2013, when Gary Minnick was serving as a principal within the Shelby County School System, he had an opportunity to travel with an eight-person team to Reynoldsburg, Ohio, to see a high school the U.S. Department of Education identified as a demonstration site for innovative and personalized student learning. High […]


My favorite teacher

By Allison Law Readers share memories of those who inspired them They’re more than just instructors and paper-graders. Most of us can recall at least one special school teacher who not only made learning fun, but opened our eyes to new worlds in science and math, piqued our interest in literature and music, and inspired […]


Book program brings great stories to Alabama children

By Lori M. Quiller Dr. Seuss said it best in his book I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” And, that’s a primary mission for about 300 Alabama pediatricians and Reach Out and Read-Alabama. Reach Out and […]


Alabama People: Space center leader wants students to shoot for the stars

One of the world’s most exceptional educational resources in the realm of science and space exploration has its home right here in Alabama, and its CEO is a woman who is herself an Alabamian. Deborah Barnhart, Ed.D., has had a distinguished career spanning three decades in commercial industry, government, aerospace and defense. For the last […]


WTD: Bertolone’s brings Italian comfort food to Clanton

By Allison Law, photos by Mark Stephenson It was family that brought Sonia Bertolone into the restaurant business. Even as a child she was in the kitchen, cooking and learning old-world recipes from her Italian parents, Joe and Elvira. The Bertolone family moved from Italy to Gilroy, Calif., in 1977, when Sonia was six. They […]


February: The ‘love to learn’ month in the garden

If you long for some gardening love this February, use these cold, hard-to-garden-in days to further your education, and perhaps kick off a whole year—maybe even a lifetime—of garden learning. The options are many and varied. One exceptional opportunity is to become a Master Gardener, which affords the chance to be both a learner and […]


Hawk stalk

Ancient practice gives ‘bird hunting’ a different meaning Perched high in a tree, the predator missed little, but even a hawk’s eyes couldn’t see through wood. Cleverly, the squirrel maneuvered to keep the tree trunk between itself and its feathered stalker perched in an adjacent tree. When a person moved under the tree, the squirrel […]


Hot stuff

Bringing the sizzle,  just in time for Valentine’s Day BY JENNIFER KORNEGAY FOOD/PHOTOGRAPHY BY BROOKE ECHOLS “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” While this phrase is rarely referring to an actual kitchen or a literal rise in temperature, it has its basis in fact. Cooking makes things hot (including the […]


Do radiant barriers really make a difference?

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: I’ve heard that installing a radiant barrier in my attic could save me a lot of money on my energy bill. What exactly is a radiant barrier, and does it really make a difference? A: A radiant barrier reflects radiant heat and can be used to keep heat in a […]


Hardy Jackson’s Alabama

Bigfoot and King Hal I grew up in Clarke County, squeezed between the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers. In the southern end of the county, where the rivers converge, are swamps that would do the Amazon proud.     Knowing how things are different there, I was not entirely surprised when news reached me that in the […]