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Alabama Snapshots: Front Porches

Submit Your Images! May Theme: “Graduates” Deadline for May: March 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 website at and […]

Five facts you might not know about Social Security

Most people know at least something about Social Security. For decades, Social Security has been providing valuable information and tools to help you build financial security. Here’s your opportunity to find out a little more, with some lesser-known facts about Social Security. 1. Social Security pays benefits to children. Social Security pays benefits to unmarried […]

Having a pet teaches a child empathy, responsibility

“When you discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy – something that truly matters – you care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Bolen, M.D., psychiatrist and author In January, we talked about the contributions pets make to our lives. However, this great reward comes with […]

MMI’s 175 years of history

America’s oldest military junior college marches into its third century of educating future leaders By Alvin Benn Marion Military Institute is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year with numerous events planned to commemorate one of America’s most historic educational facilities. It will never rival West Point or Annapolis because of its size, but it has […]

Storm spotters keep Alabamians safe during severe weather

By Aaron Tanner Alabama experiences all modes of severe weather every year. Despite advances in Doppler radar technology that allows more extended warning lead times, radar usually cannot see what is happening on the ground. That’s where the SKYWARN Storm Spotter program comes in. Volunteers of various backgrounds, including first responders, law enforcement and business […]

Plant Detectives

Students learn about state’s diverse ecosystems As you enter the state from Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, road signs welcome you to Alabama the Beautiful. The highway turns bumpier from some states and smoother from others, but the same deep, green pine forests usher travelers onto paths that lead to species as diverse and complicated […]

Southern storyteller

‘Sean of the South’ celebrates the good, the broken, the angels among us After the potluck dinner in the fellowship hall and the speech in the sanctuary, Sean Dietrich greets his fans in the vestibule of this church in southeast Alabama. Those who came to hear him are eager to give him a hug, snap […]

Alabama People: Cultivating students as well as plants

Ask almost anyone in today’s southeastern (and beyond) horticulture industry who was his or her biggest influence and you’ll likely hear the name Harry Ponder. This icon of Auburn University’s horticulture teaching program began his career by helping load-out plants at his family’s third-generation nursery business — Ponder’s Nursery in Dadeville, Ala. He went on […]

Second act: Cullman bakery is leap of faith for couple

Turn left off I-65 south from Cullman, and The Sunflour Bakery and Eatery appears like a mirage so good it just might make you forget the billboards you passed proclaiming homemade meals and humble country times. A yellow house with a long front porch welcomes diners to the restaurant, which is open for breakfast and […]

Garden clubs continue history of service, friendship

On March 6, 1847, a group of women and men living near Union Springs, Ala., held a meeting that forever changed Alabama’s gardening history — and the gardening history of the whole nation. It was on that day that the Chunnenuggee Ridge Horticultural Society, the first such society in Alabama and one of the first […]

Turkey time!

Strong year-class could make for a better turkey season Despite severe cold this past winter, Alabama sportsmen should enjoy a good turkey season this spring, especially in the central and northeastern part of the state. “The cold shouldn’t have much of an impact on the turkey population,” says Brandon Bobo, a National Wild Turkey Federation […]

Right-of-way management benefits wildlife, promotes plant diversity

By Derrill E. Holly In Mississippi, it’s a tortoise. In New England, it’s a hare. Those are just two species symbolizing the successes electric cooperatives are achieving with vegetation management strategies designed to reduce right-of-way maintenance costs while improving wildlife habitat. “Instead of 12 feet of open space immediately under our poles, we have opened […]

Hiring the right contractor

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: We want to make renovations to our home that will improve aesthetics and overall energy efficiency. How can we make sure we hire a contractor who will do a good job and stay within our budget? A: Great question! Renovations can be the perfect time to improve your home’s energy […]

Honey Do

BY JENNIFER KORNEGAY  | FOOD/PHOTOGRAPHY BY BROOKE ECHOLS Packed with health benefits and boasting a better sweet than regular sugar, honey is one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts and should stay on your cooking “to do” list. Honey’s sweet. We all know that. But it’s got plenty more going for it too. In fact, its […]

Was that a turtle I heard?

For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone; The Flowers appear on the earth; The Time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land Song of Solomon, 2:11-12 OK, I know it’s a turtledove and the dove got lost […]