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    Snapshots: Snow Day

    Submit Your Images! March Theme: “Safari Park Photos” Deadline for March: Jan. 31 Submit photos online: www.alabamaliving.coop/submit-photo/ 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 [...]

    Beware of scammers pretending to be from Social Security

    In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. During the holiday season, Social Security has traditionally seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your [...]

    Alabama Living writer will be missed

    Ben Norman, a freelance writer for Alabama Living and other outdoor publications, passed away Nov. 15, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. Norman, a resident of Highland Home, was a longtime member of the South Alabama Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees.  Norman wrote several articles over the years for Alabama Living, says editor Lenore [...]

    Best of Alabama 2019: The votes are in!

    By Allison Law We asked, you answered! For the sixth consecutive year, Alabama Living asked you, our readers, to tell us your favorite people, places and things about our great state as part of our annual Best of Alabama feature.  Hundreds of you responded to the ballots we printed in the September and October issues, [...]

    The eagles have landed

    Majestic national birds are flourishing again in Alabama By John N. Felsher When America adopted the bald eagle as its national symbol in 1782, the country may have had as many as 100,000 nesting eagles. Since that day, though, the American people haven’t always treated the national symbol with reverence. Many people considered eagles nothing [...]

    Alabama People: Jay Lamar

    Directing Alabama’s Bicentennial Jay Lamar is the executive director of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, which was set up in 2013 to plan and coordinate events and activities celebrating the 200th anniversary of Alabama’s statehood. Appointed in early 2014, she previously worked at Auburn University in a variety of capacities. A native of Alabama, Lamar is [...]

    WTD: Main Street Cafe

    Main Street Cafe offers a glimpse into Madison’s past Story and photos by Aaron Tanner It’s not every day you get to dine inside a jail cell. But that’s exactly what you can do at the Main Street Café, which occupies the space that once housed the town’s city hall and jail in historic downtown [...]

    Co-ops cooperating

    Hurricane season is over. Officially at least. If you were where a storm hit, the season was a bad one.  If the storms missed you, it wasn’t. If you were a lineman working for an Alabama rural electrical co-op, where a hurricane hit was not the issue.  That one hit at all was what mattered. [...]

    Growing history:

    Celebrating 200-plus years of gardening For thousands of years, gardens have been essential parts of our state’s life and culture. As Alabama commemorates its 200th anniversary of statehood this year, here’s a quick snapshot of our gardening history and the plants that have become part of our landscapes and lives through the centuries. According to [...]

    Keeping the home fires affordable:

    Home heating options By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: I have high energy bills, especially during the winter. My home is heated with a 20-year-old propane furnace. To make matters worse, I’ve also been paying the expenses on my mother’s home, which is heated with electric baseboards and wall heaters. Should I upgrade to [...]

    Outdoors: Gearing up for cold weather

    Better protective gear can help anglers catch more fish By John N. Felsher Faced with stinging temperatures – intensified by swirling winds driving snow flurries – most anglers would probably wait for a better day, or month, to go fishing. But  proper protective gear can allow anglers to fish in relative comfort on days when most [...]

    Cooking contest winner continues tradition

    Story and photos by Allison Law Many folks say that cooking ability is in the genes, passed down from one generation to the next. For this year’s winner of the Alabama Living “Crockin’ It” contest at the Alabama National Fair, not only is cooking in the genes – so is winning. Mary Lyons of Tallassee [...]

    Protect pets from winter’s chilly grip

    It is the beginning of a new year, and the two coldest months of the season are ahead of us. As we are bundling up, pampered indoor pets are also donning their new sweaters and rain jackets they got for Christmas. Happy times! However, in this article, we will talk about the brave outdoor soldiers [...]

    Protein Packed

    It’s an essential nutrient, so putting protein high on your priority list is a resolution you should make (and keep) this year. BY JENNIFER KORNEGAY Food/Photography BY BROOKE ECHOLS Makers of many foods (and those in charge of promoting certain agriculture products) like to slap the title “good source of protein” on their items as [...]