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December 20, 2014

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Dec. 18-24 Daily Calendars
Posted: December 17, 2014

Upcoming community events in Calhoun County.

Easy desserts for a busy holiday season
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 10:02 am

This is the time of the year when many sweets are expected at every family dinner, party or celebration, and everyone likes to have his or her dessert be special.

Sunday 12/14/2014
There is beauty in a winter garden, if you know where to look
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Gardeners love winter — though perhaps not the days coined the “polar vortex” because of the cold of 2013. The winter season, however, has a very special allure to those who cherish the world of plants.

ROCK AGAINST HUNGER: Local bands put a twist on Christmas tunes
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 12:30 pm

It might not seem like a lot of money held up against Christmas lists filled with expensive electronics, impractical kitchen appliances and exercise gear that’ll never see daylight, but $500 can stretch a long way when it’s used on macaroni.

Join the chorus at ‘Messiah’ Sing-In
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Handel wrote it for a chorus and soloists to sing. But more important, his beloved “Messiah” makes the heart sing. For everyone, the “Messiah” Sing-In at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church on Dec. 21 promises to be a triumphant note of hope during this Christmas season.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas cake …
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 11:15 am

The December issue of Southern Living always features a white Christmas cake on the cover. This year’s cake is square with peppermint frosting, decorated with a big red-and-white fondant bow. It looks like a Christmas package waiting to be unwrapped.

An insider’s view of the Southern Living test kitchen
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 11:00 am

Christmas always comes early at the Southern Living test kitchen.

What's happening this week in your community
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 10:31 am


BIKER BLUES: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ fans take the final ride
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 10:00 am

Ashley Newell never misses an episode of “Sons of Anarchy,” although she may look away during parts of it. “It’s pretty violent,” she said. “I can’t watch some of the scenes.”

New biography celebrates the life of a giant of Alabama medicine
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 9:31 am

For more than 60 years, “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine” has been a major textbook in American medical colleges and in many schools globally. It is still in print, regularly updated; its current edition is number 18.

The taming of the beard
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 9:01 am

I started the bushy beard experiment before No Shave November. More like around early October. By the time December rolled around, I had cultivated the full-blown Unabomber look. Only I’m bald, so I looked more like an old da Vinci than a young Rasputin, which is what I was aiming for.

Friday 12/12/2014
Is there ever a scenario where you shouldn't apologize for hurting someone?
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

I can’t hurt you without hurting me

Wednesday 12/10/2014
CHRISTMAS SPIRITS: Do’s and don’ts for gifting wine this season
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 9:30 am

Gift selection can be challenging, especially for those who have everything, casual acquaintances whose taste is unknown, or those who unexpectedly appear bearing gifts that trigger a compulsion to reciprocate.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Dec. 11-17 Daily Calendars
Posted: December 09, 2014

Upcoming community events in Calhoun County.

Sunday 12/07/2014
Berman Museum remembers Pearl Harbor Day with event, new exhibit
Updated: December 07, 2014 - 11:30 am

Dec. 7 marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a surprise strike that took the lives of more than 2,000 American servicemen and precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II.

BOOK REVIEW: John Grisham’s latest puts a strong woman on the case
Updated: December 07, 2014 - 10:30 am

John Grisham seems unable to disappoint. Let’s face it: Grisham has, after all, mastered the modern legal thriller. “Gray Mountain” contains the standard Grisham elements, the ones that tend to comfort us with their familiarity: restive young member of the legal profession, general and decidedly visceral discontent with the country’s legal system, colorful denizens of the contemporary South. This new novel tinkers with that formula a little, and still the book is quite an enjoyable ride.

NOW YOU KNOW: What’s happening this week in your community
Posted: December 07, 2014


ARTISTS IN ACTION: Storyteller celebrates spirit and laughter of Christmas
Updated: December 07, 2014 - 8:30 am

Christmas, for many, has become a celebration achieved only by shopping, decorating, overindulgence and stress. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as attendees at “Holidazed” with storyteller Dolores Hydock will learn on Tuesday at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. Hydock, an actress and story performer, will share a collection of stories about family and rituals that make us laugh, reminisce and revisit the real meaning of Christmas.

Steamboats on the Coosa: Back before highways, back before railroads, the Coosa River teemed with cargo ships and pleasure boats
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 11:10 am

There was a time, still in the memory of old people, when folks along the Coosa River sang:

SMALL TALK: Calhoun County native has a whirlwind fall working the harvest in Napa Valley
Updated: December 07, 2014 - 7:31 am

When Vance Crook was 16 years old, he bought a $2 copy of the book “Windows of the World Complete Wine Course” at a thrift store and became instantly intrigued with the agricultural aspects of winemaking.

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