Wailing River

When I was first curious about the Alabama music industry, I had just met Rick Hall down in Montgomery. He wasn’t very nice, but was no doubt interesting. I found a string, and pulled it. I followed it. I went down the rabbit hole. It took me a few years, but I was waiting on […]

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Freedom and Slavery

Yesterday, my sons and I had a long discussion about our family tree. I think its very cool and works as a great teaching tool when it comes to learning about history. The early colonial Americans caught Native Americans, caged them like Animals and shipped them overseas as slaves. This is a point of slavery […]

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Stories

I love stories. We, as people, are addicted to stories. My grandparents used to call the soap opera shows they watched “stories” when I was a child. We listen to songs, we watch TV, we read books. It’s all just stories. Varied stories, varied versions, varied story-telling methods. We tell ourselves stories in our sleep […]

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Friendship

It has been years since I have been in a position to advocate for what was then, Alabama’s 20 Holocaust survivors. I am sure the number is fewer now. Ms Sonja Bromberg was one survivor that I knew well and was quite fond of. Sonja shuddered when she recalled seeing Hitler as a child in […]

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Shank

There was a pastor of a church. He and his family lived down the street. Mr. Shank had three sons. You know what they say about preacher’s children and how wild they are. Well, this family was no exception. Some are, I suppose. The boys grew up to be men. They were used to a […]

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Needle Work

    Margaret was about to turn ninety. Oh, what a life she has lived. It was winter and she was cold. Margaret took her sewing kit out and started a quilt. She couldn’t drive anymore and lived alone. Her kids were all grown, her husband dead and long gone. The house she had lived […]

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In the Future

In the future, it seemed like the present. Far, far away from the past. Alan Bilderberg had a dream, but it wasn’t like a dream, it was a plan. It was an idea. He had an idea to help everyone, to keep them safe. Alan worked on the prototype for months. The crime rate was […]

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Dialogue Change

Mamie was a character, a damn right card. She had wild curly hair and the largest mouth in the whole South. She’d play with all the kids in town, run races, and make silly faces. She was energetic and lively. Most any woman like Mamie would stand out most anywhere but in the little town […]

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Suddenly Striking

Every morning Eve woke up and looked into the mirror. She could see her wrinkles and crows feet. She looked at her image and told herself she’d be alright. Eve was a particularly peculiar sort. She’d worked in an optometrist’s office for decades. She worried about her eyesight, she worried about getting older. Eve had […]

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