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Snapshots: My Motorcycle

  Submit Your Images! October Theme: “Scary Photos!” Deadline for October: August 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 [...]

Social Security provides multiple ways to change your direct deposit information

With our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments. The most convenient way to change [...]

This month in Alabama history

August 15, 1841 Education and prison reformer Julia Tutwiler was born in Tuscaloosa. Known as the “Angel of the Stockade,” Tutwiler worked tirelessly to improve Alabama’s prison system. Her efforts convinced the state to appoint a state prison inspector, fund teachers for Sunday and night schools in prison, create separate prisons for women, and establish [...]

Massive yellow jacket nests appearing in Alabama; don’t disturb!

Imagine a colony of yellow jackets the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, filled with 15,000 of the stinging insects. Now, imagine more than 90 of these super nests in Alabama. It happened in 2006, and Charles Ray, an entomologist working with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said that 2019 may be shaping up to mirror [...]

Alabama Living 2019 photo contest

Capturing Alabama’s people and places. Seeing our state through the eyes – and camera lenses – of others offers a glimpse into the worlds of those around us. From picturesque landscapes to funny animals to Alabama landmarks, there’s no shortage of photo opportunities for anyone with a camera, a curious eye and a little patience. [...]

Sharks live among us, but don’t be afraid to go in the water

By John N. Felsher Many shark species swim Alabama waters, including some genuine maneaters. However, attacks rarely happen. “People would be surprised at how many species and the numbers of sharks off the Alabama coast,” says Dr. Sean P. Powers, a professor of marine sciences with the University of South Alabama and a scientist with [...]

Will it be Bama vs Clemson? Chapter 5

By Brad Bradford Some Vegas casinos have the most unusual and first-time betting option for the 2019 football season: You can take Alabama and Clemson together against the field (other 128 teams) to win the national championship. Where would you put your money? This goes to show how far these two teams have separated themselves [...]

Alabama People: Don Noble

Talking about books Don Noble, longtime professor emeritus of English at the University of Alabama, has been hosting the Emmy-nominated “Bookmark” show for 30 years on Alabama Public Television. His weekly book reviews have been broadcast on Alabama Public Radio since 2002. He is a widely published writer and editor who has served on many [...]

Balancing the dark and light sides of outdoor lighting

By Katie Jackson On the bright side, outdoor lighting makes nighttime yards and gardens safer and more beautiful. On the dark side, outdoor lighting contributes to light pollution and can cause all kinds of problems for all kinds of creatures. Luckily, we can balance the dark and light sides of outdoor illumination by using conscientious, [...]

Worth The Drive: Coach’s Steakhouse

Scoring touchdowns with a winning menu. By Todd Thompson When patrons first step inside Coach’s Steakhouse in historic downtown Tuscumbia, they are immediately taken back to days past – classic exposed brick walls, beautiful wood staircases and a historic feel. But they won’t find walls filled with tributes to athletes and teams from the area. [...]

Helping youth coaches prevent sports injuries

By Kevin Scarbinsky Joe Ackerson wasn’t your typical Pop Warner defensive coordinator. Sure, like so many youth coaches, he was a dad with a son on the team, but he also was a pediatric neuropsychologist and member of the Alabama Statewide Head Injury Task Force. Long before the movie “Concussion,” he was acutely aware of [...]

Simple and Smart

Armed with some easy recipes and a weekly meal plan, you can make every evening’s dinner a breeze. BY JENNIFER KORNEGAY STYLING/PHOTOS BY BROOKE ECHOLS Between school, work, soccer practice, piano lessons, house work, yard work and our never-ending lists of obligations and responsibilities, finding time to put a tasty meal on the table (and do it [...]

Power up!

Four steps to charging your EV at home By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: I’m seeing more information about new models of electric vehicles with longer ranges and better prices. Is it worth making the switch from gasoline to electric? And how would I charge the battery at home? A: You’re right! Electric vehicles (EVs) [...]

Battling prehistoric predators, up close and in the dark

By John Felsher More than 250 hunters will venture into the swamps, marshes, rivers and lakes of southern Alabama to battle dinosaurs in close combat at night as the annual state alligator hunting season begins this month. For centuries, people considered alligators nothing more than vermin to be shot on sight. Early in the 20th [...]

Hardy Jackson’s Alabama: Eating ‘eatin’ dirt’

Some years ago The New York Times published a story on how the “Southern Practice of Eating Dirt Shows Signs of Waning.” Maybe so, among people who read The New York Times, but some of the folks at “The Bitter Southerner” thought otherwise.  Instead, the online publication suggested that the practice wasn’t waning at all and [...]