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Southern Blend

  Some of you may have noticed my absence of columns over the past few weeks. I figure I owe y’all a proper conclusion. This column has been, and will continue to be, a source of pride for me over the past almost three years. I appreciate the opportunity to write for all of you.…

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Disappointing voter turnout, but successful veteran events

  Did you know we had an election on November 8, 2022? I hope you did. I also hope you exercised your right to elect the people who will represent you and make many decisions affecting you and your family over the next few years. However, looking at the number of people who voted, there…

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Thanksgiving

  Welp, guess what, y’all? We’re on the Christmas creep. That period of time that feels remarkably like summer even though there are a lot of Santas on the Walmart shelves. Little Debbie has put out the Christmas Tree cakes. You know what that means – it’s gonna be Thanksgiving in a few weeks. It’s…

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Granny magick continued

  Last week I listed out some traditions and old folk practices that might seem familiar to some of y’all. I know even growing up in the 90s I experienced a few of them. It seems like we’ve all run into these whispers of our old traditions as just some funny old things we do…

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Granny magick

I’m curious about something, and I’m going to need y’all to write in to Ms. Christa about this. There’s a topic that I’ve found interesting for a long time. It’s one that I think many of us encounter, but I don’t think we still recognize it for what it is. Granny Magick, or Appalachian Folk…

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Crowded shelters are a growing issue

  Pet of the Week: MooMoo   What a lovely looking dog that is the featured adoptable Pet of the Week from Elmore County Humane Shelter. The black and white is swished so nicely around his back and on his head. MooMoo is a 10-month-old male mix, about 45 pounds, so will not get much larger.…

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The Alabama White Thing

  It’s spooky season, folks. I’m fresh off a viewing of one of my favorite horror films and have decorated my house in cobwebs, ghouls, disembodied hands, and eerie lights. It’s the time of year in which we remember those unknown things that exist just past our field of vision. Whether it’s deep in a…

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Recess: Roach letter

Sent by Paul Shaw   Chuck Swindoll in “Tales from the Tardy Ox Cart” tells about a man who took a dinner flight. After the stewardess had served him his meal, he unwrapped the salad and noticed right on top a rather large roach. Infuriated, enraged, he couldn’t wait to get home and write the…

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Recess: The burial

Sent by Paul Shaw   An old man and woman were married for years even though they hated each other. When they had a fight screams and yelling could be heard all through the night. The neighbors feared the husband the most. They heard him tell his wife many times, “When I die, I’m going…

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