Roll Tide

We were some lucky fools this past weekend.  Tickets to an ALABAMA home game.  Mom, the boys and me….all loaded up for some ROLL TIDE.I love football — we all love football.  Love. Some. Football.I’ve never in my life seen so many fans.  I’ve never in my life seen so many people dressed in school colors.  I’ve never in my life seen that many people cheering together.ROLL TIDE....more

Huntsville Alabama's Healthy And Vegan Hot Spots

While Huntsville Alabama might not be a big tourist destination, it’s the center of some pretty impressive stuff. It’s the home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the US Army Aviation and Missile Command. Close to the Tennessee River and not far from the state, Huntsville is a nice community filled with a ton of aerospace brainiacs, rich history and some great healthy food options!...more

Throwdown in Tuscaloosa

So while I realize that the entire college football world is talking about what I’m going to call the national championship semi-final, I would be remiss as a wannabe sports writer not to throw my two cents in as well. Truly, I have been looking forward to this game for weeks – basically since the moment it became apparent that these two teams were going to beat the crap out of pretty much every team they played.  I’m a closet Tide fan anyway, (and no, not just recently), so I follow them behind the scenes of my front page Gamecock obsession....more

Instigating Football Mischief - Roll Tide Roll

Today is opening day of college football. In my house that means opening day of rivalry fun. I'm not historically a sports nut by any means, but I have become an enthusiast in my 4 years of  shacking-up with a sports nut. And because I have a latent competitive streak, I can get a little rabid about the teams I choose to make my own....more

Details from the Storm

(Cross posted on my blog, EmilysHollow)It's hard to know what to write about an event like the storms in Alabama last week. It's big, for one, bigger than I know how to describe. But along with that, when you're in it, you don't get how big it is. You deal with what's in front of you, because that's all there's time for. Also because that's all you hear about. I had no idea how bad the damage was in other areas for a while, a day at least, maybe longer. I heard towns listed on the radio, which was all we had access to, and that was it....more

I think that not knowing how bad it was really helped. That and having to keep things going for ...more

And So It Goes (Alabama/Illinois)

It would be easy to post pictures of pretty spring flowers I have seen, and I'll get back to that. But right now, I don't think those pretty spring flowers are important at all. You'll have to wait for those. ...more

When the Wind Blows...

It was nearly 20 years ago my world was turned upside down when my second child was born, I had no clue the words Apgar scores would mean so much and that lead me to write the 3 part series the hardest thing. ...more

This is Not Normal

Growing up in the Midwest, the spring "tornado season" is taken pretty much for granted. We all know there will be thunderstorms, cracks of lightning whose thunder rattles the window frames, wind that blows all the new leaves back to the ground. Maybe hail that is big enough to dent cars or sit in little ice-balls in the yard, melting slowly while some of us hide in the basements and the rest run for the video camera, hoping to catch the funnel cloud or the particular color of ash-green the sky just turned. ...more

Election 2010: Beyond the National Results

The election of 2010 will be one for the history books.  Republicans won a historic 65 seats in the House of Representatives to gain control of that legislative body.  While many eyes were focused on the national balance of power, a seismic power shift occurred at the state level....more