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Alabama Snapshots: Heirloom Quilts

Submit Your Images! January Theme: “Alabama Sunrises” Deadline for January: November 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 [...]

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 [...]

Blue and Gray Museum is a must for Civil War buffs

By Aaron Tanner Located along the Tennessee River in the northern part of Alabama, Decatur was an important river port and railroad hub during the Civil War. Relics from that turbulent time in America’s history can be found in historic downtown Decatur at the Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama. From weapons to supplies [...]

‘Amazing Alabama’: A coloring book journey through the state

Story and photos by Lindsay Miles Penny Writer and illustrator Laura Murray always knew she wanted to be an artist. From sketching porcupines as a child, to an extensive 15-year career working in all facets of the graphic design, marketing and print industry, Murray eventually developed her company, Alabama Pen & Paper, and most recently, [...]

Alabama People: Ben Russell

One of Alabama’s most generous philanthropists is Ben Russell, the chairman of Russell Lands, Inc., the state’s largest recreational development company, and grandson of Russell Corporation founder Benjamin Russell. He and his wife, Luanne, founded the Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin in 1989, where seriously ill children and their families can come for rest and [...]

Harness the sun to extend the fun

Cold frames offer opportunities for year-round gardening One thing we have plenty of here in Alabama is sunlight, and while it may seem like too much of a good thing during the summer, it’s a valuable fall and winter resource for gardeners, especially those who know how to harness its warming rays to extend the length [...]

Switch things up with stylish, efficient lighting for your home

By Patrick Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: After 20 years with the same lighting in our home, it’s time for a change. I’ve done some research and there are so many types of light fixtures and bulbs it’s making my head spin! How can I select something practical, affordable and efficient? A: This is an excellent question [...]

WTD: Karma is both instant and brewed at Cullman coffee house

By Jennifer Crossley Howard Karma’s Coffee House is, as the motto goes, “where good people come for good coffee.” It is also where they come on a rainy late summer afternoon, to get a shot of caffeinated comfort to keep going after lunch. The Cullman coffee shop, open since 2015, sits in a brick building [...]

Alabama Bookshelf

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 Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to feature all the books we receive. Sixteen and Counting: The National Championships [...]

How Sweet It Is

By Jennifer Kornegay      A plump turkey, its skin golden brown and crisped by either hot oven air or scalding oil, is the undisputed star of the Southern Thanksgiving table. A chorus of side dishes circles it, and the queen of these back-up singers is usually some iteration of the sweet potato casserole. With the [...]

Warrior Hunts help heal invisible wounds

Taut with anticipation of action, combat veterans entered the brush with weapons loaded and ready. Moments later, they began firing, drawing first blood this day. No, this action didn’t occur in combat thousands of miles from home. These warriors were hunting quail and pheasant near Birmingham, but they really gathered for the camaraderie and healing [...]

Hardy Jackson’s Alabama

Got Mullet? One thing leads to another. Last month I wrote about Aunt Roscoe and her “falsie.” Aunt Roscoe lived down on the Gulf Coast with Uncle Leon.  Their home was back on the bayou, where Uncle Leon fished for mullet. With a cast net. Mullet are plentiful, pretty easy to catch, and when fried [...]

Social Security

Understanding the government pension offset Getting ready for retirement requires evaluation of all your sources of retirement income. Even if you worked for the government and didn’t pay the FICA tax on your earnings, you may be eligible for benefits from your spouse’s work under Social Security. However, when you receive both your own non-covered [...]

Alabama’s Health

Can rural Alabama benefit from community paramedicine? Community paramedicine is an emerging healthcare profession where paramedics and emergency medical technicians also provide routine healthcare services. This concept has been used for several years in rural areas with a shortage of primary care services. Minnesota is a leader in this concept, signing a Community Paramedic Bill [...]