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October Snapshots: Pumpkin Patch

Submit Your Images! January Theme: “Snow Day” Deadline for Jan: Nov 30 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 […]

How Social Security defines disability

By Kylle’ McKinney Disability affects millions of Americans, in one form or another. Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for […]

Choctaw General Hospital offers innovative senior care

By Dale Quinney With 86 percent of Alabama’s rural hospitals having a net operating loss, new ideas and innovation in providing services must be developed.  The Choctaw General Hospital, located in Butler in Choctaw County, has a program for providing health and health-related services to seniors with special needs that could be an example for possible […]

Old Claiborne Pilgrimage offers history lesson on southwest Alabama

Monroe County’s Old Claiborne Pilgrimage, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, will provide a rare glimpse into the settlement of this Alabama ghost town, and of Monroe County. Pioneers, planters and paddlewheelers created Claiborne on the Alabama River, a gateway to the old Southwest in […]

Alabama History Oct. 5, 1956

Oct. 5, 1956 — Birmingham native Charles A. Boswell shot an 81 at Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham–a world record for a blind golfer. Permanently blinded by a tank explosion in Germany during World War II, Boswell became an international golfing icon and committed advocate for the blind. Throughout his career, he won a […]

Alabama has its place in the Trail of Tears

By Pamela A. Keene Imagine being forced to leave your homeland for an unknown place 900 miles away. That’s what happened 180 years ago when more than 17,000 Cherokee men, women and children living in the Southeast walked, rode boats, and boarded trains to their new home in Oklahoma. Along the way, nearly 25 percent […]

At 70, Alabama Living still connecting to readers

By Allison Law Alabama Living magazine turned 70 this year, and we think it’s better than ever. The Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives (AREA), which publishes Alabama Living, was formed in 1947, and immediately jumped into the communications realm and began publishing the Alabama Rural Electric News in 1948 as a broadsheet-sized newspaper. Leaders […]

Worth the Drive: Sage

Authenticity adds flavor at Fairhope’s Sage restaurant Story and photos by Emmett Burnett Restaurateurs Nader and Maritza Salibi take pride in hometown menus. His home is Beirut, the one in Lebanon. Hers is Cuenca, the one in Ecuador. Their restaurant is Sage Lebanese Cuisine and Cafe, the one in Fairhope. But regardless of who is […]

Alabama People: Eli Gold

Golden Voice Eli Gold’s voice is one of the most recognizable on radio. He’s best known to Alabamians as the voice of the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he has called both football and basketball games since 1988. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he knew he wanted to be a sports broadcaster at an early age, and […]

Celebrating garden myths and superstitions

By Katie Jackson Whether you’re superstitious by nature or not, it’s hard to avoid this month’s focus on the otherworldly, and there’s no place better than the garden to focus our attention on myth and lore. Considering how important plants and animals are to our very survival, it should come as no surprise that, over the […]

Consumer wise: Tips to stay comfortable this winter and keep your home warmer

Q: Last year, we spent our first winter in our new place, which is actually an older home. Even with the heat turned up, it always felt chilly indoors. This year, we added insulation, but we’re wondering if there are additional steps we can take to make the house more comfortable this winter. Can you […]

Recipes: Pass the Pumpkin

By Jennifer Kornegay Food/Photography by Brooke Echols There are so many signals of fall, the sights, sounds and sensations that tell us autumn has arrived: the slant of sunlight filtered through leaves beginning to lose their green; the beat of school bands practicing for football halftime shows; the feel of crisp cool in the evening […]

Alabama hunters anticipate excellent deer season

By John N. Felsher More than 300,000 Alabama sportsmen will take to the fields and forests this fall to hunt whitetail deer, the most popular game animal in North America. “During the last season, hunters killed some really good deer, but the overall harvest was down,” says Chris Cook, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater […]

Hardy Jackson’s Alabama: The evolution of tailgating

Story by Hardy Jackson Illustration by Dennis Auth It began as such a simple pleasure. Drive early to the game in a pick-up truck full of stuff to eat and drink. Get there, park, lower the tailgate, use it as your table, and there you have it — tailgating. Only hardly anyone goes in a […]