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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The River and Waters

In my book “Telling Hands” I talk about how I grew up playing in the River. We swam and fished and camped on the river. We had family gatherings on the Tennessee. It’s where I learned to swim and was baptized. You see, Town Creek, Lake Guntersville, and the Tennessee River all come together right […]

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Fade Away

A man from here served something like twenty years. He had gone after a rapist and beat him to death. He never tried to hide it and I was never afraid of him. He appreciated that I was keeping the home town alive. So, he’d stop in and buy stuff when he was riding around. […]

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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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Take the Bull by the Horns

  A few years ago someone gave me a set of bull horns for my birthday. It was a complete surprise. I thought about putting them on my truck to be funny, but never did. I don’t think they were made for that. Recently, at a function, I had another person tell me that they […]

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State of the Region

I’d like to call this address a state of northeast Alabama: “The Little Smokies” Dekalb Tourism could do a lot more. And instead of only focusing on Fort Payne’s multi-year, completely dis-functional efforts of a nightlife scene riddled with self interest, ignorance, close-mindedness, and greed, we could stop doing the same old things that have […]

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Lady Liberty

Hey.  I wanted to take a minute and explain my recent art piece, “Lady Liberty.” She is made shiny and new along with the freedom she represents. The world around her is old and covered with patina. I am an idealist. Jamie Godwim    

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Abnormally Turbulent

    It was a spring day, abnormally turbulent. A storm system crept up the map like a lake monster and covered the tri-county area. I stopped to asked a neighbor if they needed help. It was clear they did. Their trailer had been hit. The place looked like a Wal-Mart junk yard. I don’t […]

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Story About a Chicken

  He was raised on a farm, and tilled the land. Working from sun up to sun down, one of those types. Taught by his mother to pray everyday. As a boy, they barely had enough. The garden was their bounty. The dust and dirt, he worked. At the age of fifteen, he fell off […]

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Shelter from the Storm

      I closed my store, the Grove Oak Store, way out in the middle of nowhere today because of the threat of severe weather. We here in North Alabama are no stranger to tornado outbreaks. Just like all over the state, we know the threat is real. As self appointed mayor of my […]

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