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Alabama Snapshots: Grandparents

Submit Your Images! November Theme: “Heirloom Quilts” Deadline for November: September 30 Submit photos here,  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 […]


Social Security: Q&A

Over the next two issues, I would like to share with you some common Social Security questions I receive on a variety of topics and my answers. Question: My child, who gets Social Security, will be attending his last year of high school in the fall. He turns 19 in a few months. Do I […]


Rural hospitals need new revenue sources

Thirty-two of Alabama’s 46 rural hospitals are operating at a loss. That’s according to information recently developed by iVantage Health Analytics for the National Rural Health Association. Six rural Alabama hospitals have closed since 2009, tied with Georgia for the most closures in any state. An additional 14 rural Alabama hospitals have been identified as […]


Spreading school spirit

College mascots say life behind the mask rewarding They lead us in victory, console our defeats, and comfort with unwavering support. They are the mascots of college football. Requiring good grades, excellent physical conditioning, and the ability to ham it up in front of thousands, life is challenging in mascot mania. But life is good […]


State of Sauce

Alabama-made sauces perk up meats, veggies and more Even most novice cooks know that marinades and sauces are easy and effective ways to amp up the flavor factor of a variety of foods. Meats, seafood and veggies all benefit from a pre-cooking soak and a slather, sprinkle or dip afterwards. Lots of folks like to […]


Worth The Drive: Sisters Restaurant

From waitresses to restaurant owners Sisters attracts customers from across Alabama When sisters Pat Rogers and Geraldine Golden decided to leave their jobs and open Sisters Restaurant in Troy, they both had a lot of apprehension. Geraldine was working as a waitress at a local restaurant and Pat was in the insurance business, although she […]


Gardens: The roots of fall flavor

I grew up watching Bugs Bunny go to great lengths for some carrots.  Me, though, I didn’t “carrot all” for them. That is until I tasted the sweetness of a crisp, garden-fresh carrot and began to appreciate Bugs’ infatuation with them. If you’re fond of fresh carrots, you’re living in the right state. Alabama’s climate […]


Montevallo encourages students to get outdoors

Many students keep a tradition of leaving school to go hunting or fishing whenever they can. However, for some young people attending the University of Montevallo, the school not only allows them to take great outdoors adventures, but even encourages – and pays them! Dr. John W. Stewart grew up exploring the salt marshes of […]


Alabama Bookshelf: September

In this periodic feature, we highlight books either about Alabama people or events or written by Alabama authors. Summaries are not reviews or endorsements. We also occasionally highlight book-related events. Email submissions to bookshelf@alabamaliving.coop. Poles, Wires and War: The Remarkable Untold Story of Rural Electrification and the Vietnam War by Ted Case, $15.95 (history) During […]


Recipes: Cheese Please

These cheese-centric dishes are sure to make you smile When you hear that a casserole or a dip is cheesy, that’s good. You happily pay more for extra cheese on a pizza. When someone wants you to smile for a photo, they tell you to say “cheese,” knowing that the word alone will bring such […]


The benefits of air source heat pumps

Question: It looks like we’ll be needing to replace our furnace soon, and we’re wondering if a heat pump would help us save some money. Do you have any suggestions? Answer: An electric air source heat pump can be a good alternative to a furnace system that runs on propane or fuel oil. A heat […]


Hardy Jackson’s Alabama

Football in Dixie Fall approaches. Football season. You can argue, as many do, that in different parts of our nation different sports are more special (Indiana and basketball come to mind) but down in Dixie, football has few competitors. Now, I’ll grant you that NASCAR runs football a good race – pun intended. NASCAR is […]