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Do you think your income-related Medicare premium is incorrect?

Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people 65 or older. Certain people younger than 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure. If you’re a Medicare beneficiary who has been informed that you must pay more for your Medicare Part B or Medicare prescription [...]

Tasteful giving

By Stephanie Snodgrass Brewton couple nourish bodies and souls at pay-as-you-can eatery Lisa Thomas-McMillan and her husband, Freddie, are feeding the souls – and stomachs – of those in need, all for free at their Brewton restaurant, Drexel & Honeybee’s. In Escambia County, the couple is well known for meeting the hunger needs of their community, [...]

Over the Moon (Pie)

By Emmett Burnett Mobile celebrates an iconic snack on New Year’s Eve Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Moon Pie! You heard me – a 12-foot, 600-pound electric pastry with enough LED lighting to guide ships at sea. As thousands cheer, the iconic cake of Carnival illuminates the [...]

Alabama’s primary care shortage is greater than thought

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) directs the determination of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) in the United States.  According to data provided by HRSA in early 2017, Alabama needed an additional 157 primary care providers placed where the need was the greatest to provide only the minimum (not optimal) service that our [...]

Ho Ho Holidays at Walt Disney World

Story and photos by Marilyn Jones “Want to go see Santa Claus?” I ask my 3-year-old granddaughter Ainsley as we wait for her parents and uncle to ride Twilight Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She enthusiastically agrees this is a great idea, so we queue up with other preschoolers this balmy December day [...]

Alabama People: Stewart McLaurin

Preserving White House history Alabama native Stewart McLaurin is in his fifth year as president of the White House Historical Association, the non-profit, non-partisan educational organization whose many projects include production of the annual White House Ornament at Christmas time. He was formerly vice president for development at Mt. Vernon, and has held senior positions at the [...]

Gardens: Take care to prepare plants for winter’s frosty grip

By Katie Jackson Long winter naps aren’t just for humans. Plants need a cozy rest this time of year, too, and now is the time to tuck them in properly. Even in winter dormancy, perennial landscape plants have a few basic needs, moisture and warmth being top among them. Their needs, and neediness, vary depending [...]

Snapshots: Santa through the years

with the Alabama Living staff family

Recipes: Party Time

BY JENNIFER KORNEGAY Food/Photography BY BROOKE ECHOLS The holidays are the perfect time to gather with friends and family, and a festive party is an ideal way to assemble. At seasonal social events, we chat and catch-up, strengthening existing bonds and maybe forging some new ones too. And while connecting with other people is the [...]

State opens more lands for public hunting

By John N. Felsher Alabama sportsmen recently gained a new public hunting property – a very special one. Portland Landing Special Opportunity Area covers 4,744 acres in the famed Black Belt region, with another 4,000 acres set to open for limited public hunting in the 2019-20 season. Located in Dallas County about halfway between Selma [...]

Make cake while the moon shines

The other day I got a copy of John Schlimm’s new book Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit. Really enjoyed it. Now let me say, up front, that to my certain knowledge I have never drunk homemade whiskey. However, I have eaten it. I’ll get to that in a moment.       [...]

Electricity grows cleaner

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: We’re considering buying an electric vehicle and switching from a propane furnace to a heat pump. We care about the environment and are wondering if using more electricity would be beneficial. A: The decisions about how to heat your home and how to fuel your transportation needs are among the most [...]

WTD: The Depot

By Allison Law Photos by Mark Stephenson The trains no longer stop at the historic Auburn depot, but they continue to charge down the tracks outside the landmark, lending a charm of times gone by to the upscale restaurant that now occupies the beautifully restored space. While The Depot is rooted in history, this gulf-coastal [...]