In July, I took a quick road trip. I was randomly driving around downtown Birmingham and came across one of my favorite Alabama giants: Miss Electra. She is perched atop the historic Alabama Power Building, which is a work of art in its own right. I pulled over to take a photo of Electra, although… Continue reading See Miss Electra, one of Alabama’s giants, up close
I was in downtown Birmingham yesterday taking some photos when it occurred to me I’d never taken my own photos of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, one of the most iconic sites of the Civil Rights Movement and a place of tragedy and resilience. I decided to rectify that. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham (Kelly… Continue reading Photos from Birmingham’s iconic 16th Street Baptist Church
I remember where I was when I heard Elvis Presley had died, which puts me into that dwindling group of people who recall life when a living, breathing King walked among us. I was only 12 years old, but I remember. I remember because my mother cried. I remember we were visiting Grandmother Caldwell and… Continue reading Should you see the new movie ‘Elvis?’
This morning as I was drinking my cup of coffee, I was doing my Saturday morning ritual of looking around the house at everything that needed to be cleaned or dusted. The blinds needed dusting, of course. And the end tables. And the baseboards were coated. And the bottom of the wooden island … and… Continue reading Do other ‘intelligent’ life forms have to clean their toilets?
Sometime when people visit our house for the first time, they ask why there’s a drawing of a female werewolf on my bookshelf (this is usually after they’ve perused Sweetums’ Bigfoot collection.) I’ve mentioned the Wolf Woman of Mobile in many of my stories for AL.com and at speaking events. The Wolf Woman was a… Continue reading Here’s why there’s a drawing of a wolf woman in my house