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Alabama Snapshots: Alabama Sunrises

      Submit Your Images! March Theme: “Front Porches” Deadline for March: January 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 […]


About your pet

Pets are more than treasured companions Pets are a very important part of our lives. One in six American households own a pet. Sixty percent of Americans think pet owners lead more satisfying lives than non pet-owners. From our personal experience, they would be right! We humans started forming a bond with animals many millennia […]


A conversation with the Governor

Kay Ivey talks about economic development, the Census and Alabama’s ‘first dog’ by Minnie Lamberth Alabama’s 54th governor was inaugurated unexpectedly in April 2017, yet she is a familiar figure as a state leader. Gov. Kay Ivey was in her second term as lieutenant governor when she was promoted to the state’s top job at […]


Improved revenues could assist budget process

by Minnie Lamberth When legislators gather Jan. 9 to convene for the 2018 regular session, they’ll enter the fourth year of a four-year term – or, in other words, an election year. During the last year of a quadrennium, says Senate Majority Leader Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, legislators usually “try to minimize the amount of […]

Rural broadband Bill would encourage investment

by Allison Law As a full-time farmer from a rural area, state Sen. Clay Scofield knows first-hand the issues with having limited internet connectivity. It’s why he’s again this year sponsoring a bill to provide tax credits for companies willing to invest in rural broadband infrastructure. “We don’t have access to higher speed internet, and […]


Best of Alabama 2018

by Allison Law Once again, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite places and things about our great state in our magazine’s Best of Alabama contest, for which we ran ballots in the August, September and October issues. We asked you to vote on your favorites – everything from seafood restaurants to small […]

40 Years after the Kopper Kettle explosion

Eyewitness recalls blast that demolished downtown Auburn by Lindsay Penny Jan. 15, 1978 was a quiet Sunday in downtown Auburn. At that time, Auburn was a sleepy little village still on the cusp of the economic boom it would see years later. The streets were empty as Jim Patterson, an Auburn student, made his way from […]


Intentional gardening: Finding garden flow in 2018

I had such good intentions when I sat down to write this month’s column.  I was going to create the perfect list of monthly gardening chores that would set us all on the path to a fun and productive gardening year. After days and days of trying to create a list that works for every part […]

WTD: 360 Grille

Culinary treats with a 360-degree view by Allison Law The 360 Grille, perched 20 stories up atop the tower of the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa in Florence, lures guests with its commanding views of the scenic Tennessee Valley and Wilson Dam. The aptly-named eatery is the state’s only rotating restaurant. Food and beverage director […]

Go Slow

by Jennifer Kornegay Food/photography by Brooke Echols In addition to good taste, slow cookers give us the valuable gift of time. In the South, our culture puts a premium on slow. Our speech slides out with a drawl. We take our time and do things at a laidback pace. So, at first glance, a kitchen […]

Soup, dessert and entree win prizes at ‘Crockin’ It’ competition

Story and photos by Allison Law For Tif Smith, entering competitions at the Alabama National Fair is a tradition she’s enjoyed for more than 20 years.  It’s also a family tradition – she cooks with her sister, who came all the way from Dallas, Texas, to enter the Fair this year with […]

Whoop whoop!

Glimpsing one of the world’s rarest birds Across the field on this frigid day, we watched several hundred tall gray sandhill cranes feeding, but we didn’t feel the cold. Quite comfortable behind the one-way glass of the observation tower at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, we felt only the warmth of excitement as we also spotted […]

Hardy Jackson’s Alabama

Let’s hear it for the hog Well, I’ve always heard, but I ain’t too sure, That a man’s best friend is a mangy cur. I kinda favor the hog myself. How ‘bout a hand for the hog! — Roger Miller I read the other day that someone somewhere had done some calculations and come to […]

Social security

Ex-spouse benefits and how they affect you Just like during tax season, it’s good to have all the information you need early so you can prepare and get any money you are due.    If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be […]

Hunting works is working for Alabama’s economy

by David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources There’s an old saying that to find a person’s passion, follow the money. That apparently is true for Alabama’s hunters, who fuel the economies in many parts of the state that need it the most. To ensure the citizens of the state understand how important […]