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Earn points for free or discounted travel

By Marilyn Jones One of the best ways to earn free or reduced-price travel is by saving points. Hotels, airlines, credit cards, internet advertisement websites and other businesses offer memberships entitling you to earn points. But there are tricks to growing those points.  Stay loyal to one or two airlines and hotel brands if they […] Read more

Songs about Alabama and the stories behind them

By Emmett Burnett Songs of Alabama have enriched lives since the state was a state of mind. But our songs in the heart, notes in the head, and lyrics in memory are more than meets the ear. How many tunes about the Heart of Dixie can you name? (And by the way, “Heart of Dixie” […] Read more

Famous art is right at home in Alabama

By Marilyn Jones Alabama may not be synonymous with fine art, but our museums are home to some truly world-class collections and pieces. You can appreciate their  beauty or perhaps their emotional power; some offer glimpses into our history, telling us about our culture and where we came from. Whatever the purpose, you can make […] Read more

Honoring Veterans

Sites and museums bring Alabama’s military history to life By Marilyn Jones Throughout Alabama, museums and historic sites are dedicated to honoring military veterans as well as the state’s military history. Visiting parks, museums and attending re-enactments offer a look back in state and American history. From the Revolutionary War, Creek War and Civil War […] Read more

Going solo: Find adventure, friends and fun when traveling alone

By Marilyn Jones I never thought I would travel alone, but as a single retired woman I soon realized if I was going to travel, I wasn’t always going to have a companion. In the last four years I’ve taken numerous road trips and traveled all over the world alone. This is what I learned […] Read more

Carnegie’s legacy lives on in Alabama

By Marilyn Jones I had just finished touring the Bessemer Hall of History Museum when my tour guide, Trisston Burrows, asked if I knew they also had a Carnegie Library. “It now serves as the chamber of commerce office and we’re very proud of it.” I drove the few blocks to see what once served […] Read more

Scientific Alabama

Science centers combine education with fun By Marilyn Jones Anyone who thinks science is only for grad students and university professors has never been to a science center and watched children — toddlers to teens — completely immerse themselves in the fun of scientific exploration. Just ask John Hall. Well, he can only say “moo” […] Read more

Traveling with grandchildren

A new generation, a new experience By Marilyn Jones I became a grandmother Jan. 12, 2015, when Ainsley Hazel Moore arrived. One of my dreams for this sweet little girl is for her to enjoy the excitement and adventure of travel like I do and I think she has a pretty good start. She visited eight states […] Read more

The melody will always live on

Museums document Alabama’s music history By Marilyn Jones Music evokes mood and memory. It is a form of celebration; the cadence of life. It is found in every culture, varying only by its creators, the times and its delivery. It helps us express ourselves. In Alabama, several museums showcase the talents of our citizens — past […] Read more

Helen Keller’s birthplace

A pilgrimage of wonder and respect By Marilyn Jones A modest white clapboard house on the edge of Tuscumbia was home to Captain Arthur H. Keller, his wife Kate Adams and their toddler, Helen, who was born June 27, 1880. Their lives were happy and idyllic until, at the age of 19 months, Helen was […] Read more