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September 21, 2014

Life & Arts

The Southernness of being: Nationally recognized poet wrestled with the legacy of civil rights violence

For the boy, the poetry first showed up in the trees behind his family’s home in Gadsden. The words came to him through the sunlight in the loblollies, with the swallowtails in the pines —  in the Alabama he knew and loved on that Etowah-Calhoun county line.

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Saturday 09/20/2014
Brett Buckner: Adderall, take me away
Posted: September 20, 2014

I fell asleep at a black metal concert.

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Book review: From Norway, a ruthless, knotty crime thriller
Posted: September 20, 2014

The reputation of Jo Nesbø is already firmly established by his wildly popular Harry Hole series. A sensation in Europe, the series first gained international attention with "The Snowman," an unsettling and gripping police procedural. Nesbø has also found time to write a series of children's books ("Doctor Proctor") as well as stand-alone suspense novels. "The Son" is one of the latter, as spellbinding as the author's "Headhunters" and any of the 10 books in the Hole series.

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One on one with PetFest's Wags the Dog
Posted: September 20, 2014

Wags is eternally a puppy, but if you have to have an age, he's 4.

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Man + dog: McClellan facility to host Canine Biathlon competition
Posted: September 20, 2014

Dog owners, are you and your dog tough enough? The AMK9 Academy at McClellan wants to find out. The academy is hosting the area’s first Canine Biathlon on Oct. 4 at its facilities in Anniston.

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Well done: Celebrity Roast targets Anniston City Council member
Posted: September 20, 2014

It was a night filled with laughter, delicious food and great company on Sept. 11 when the board of directors of the All Saints Interfaith Center of Concern hosted its fourth annual Celebrity Roast at Classic on Noble in downtown Anniston.

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Violinist makes four at Grace Church ensemble
Posted: September 20, 2014

Tucked away among the photos and notes in Lauren Waltz's violin case is a proverb that she reads occasionally to fuel her motivation: "Music expresses feelings that words cannot."

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Draft picks: Suds-Fest has a new site and a new focus on Alabama craft beers
Updated: September 21, 2014 - 1:33 pm

When the Autumn Suds-Fest beer-tasting festival started 10 years ago at the Berman Museum of World History, nobody had ever heard of "craft beer." The times they have a-changed, and Suds-Fest is changing with them.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Finding light on the internet: Local chaplain offers online grief counseling
Posted: September 18, 2014

For three years, Jeff Clark has served as a bereavement coordinator and chaplain for a local hospice. One of his earliest patients was his own father.

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RELIGION ROUNDTABLE: Why do prayers go unanswered?
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Area faith leaders answer your questions.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Relish Weekly Recipe: Vegetable (with meatballs) soup
Posted: September 16, 2014

Vegetable Soup is a classic for a few very good reasons: 1) It calls for using up bits and pieces of vegetables hiding in our fridge. 2) It’s easy to put together, taking less than an hour to prepare. 3) Its flavors improve while sitting overnight in the fridge, so it’s great for making ahead.

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'Green' reds: Wines that are good to sip, and good for the environment
Posted: September 16, 2014

When thinking of California wines, most often Napa or Sonoma comes to mind, especially with the heightened attention after an earthquake rocked this wine enclave on Aug. 24.

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Sept. 18-24 Daily Calendars
Posted: September 16, 2014

Upcoming community events in Calhoun County.

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Sunday 09/14/2014
FALL ARTS PREVIEW: A season’s worth of theater, dance, music and art
Posted: September 14, 2014

From Oxford to Anniston to Jacksonville to Gadsden, the fall calendar is packed with events, including Natalie Cole, Rick Bragg, Agatha Christie, the Wicked Witch of the West, tubas and more.

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Lisa Davis: I wear my sunglasses at night
Posted: September 14, 2014

I have never been one to lose track of my glasses.

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Saturday 09/13/2014
The Knight Life: CAST pulls out the comic stops for Monty Python's 'Spamalot'
Posted: September 13, 2014

CAST community theater brings the Broadway hit "Spamalot" to the McClellan Theater starting Thursday, complete with knights who say "Ni!" and a lovely bunch of coconuts.

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He shot, she shot: Husband-and-wife photographers travel the world together, but see things completely differently
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 11:54 pm

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ON GARDENING: Gardening all-stars to appear at Alexander City event
Posted: September 13, 2014

I am excited to announce an upcoming event for October — to quote my favorite TV character, Barney Fife: "Something big! Real big! Big! Big big!"

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Q&A: Musician Gordon Mote talks about growing up blind in Alabama
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 10:32 pm

There’s more to Gordon Mote than meets the eye.

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ON GARDENING: Cilantro a great addition to the winter garden
Posted: September 13, 2014

Transitioning to cool-season vegetables in the garden is one of the more enjoyable chores of summer.  It is a lot more pleasant to work in the garden in October than in July, for sure.

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ARTISTS IN ACTION: Local musician praises God, with a beat
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 10:08 pm

"We can’t all play the same part in God’s band of service, but we should all play in harmony," reads a page in the devotional book "Our Daily Bread."

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