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January 31, 2015

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
You can’t cook Southern without cast iron
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 9:02 am

If they wouldn’t be so heavy, I wish all my pots and pans were made of cast iron. The cast iron skillet has played an important part in Southern cooking for as long as I can remember. Things just seem to taste better when cooked in this old-fashioned favorite.

Sunday 01/25/2015
WHO YOU CALLING GRUMPY? In real life, Southern Living’s gardening columnist is a peach
Posted: January 25, 2015

Steve Bender wasn’t grumpy at all. In fact, he was funny, engaging and willing to share stories and insights in equal measure.

Local actress lands roles in movies, TV
Updated: January 25, 2015 - 11:30 am

Aside from her family, Hayley Long is passionate about two things: running and acting. On more than one occasion, she has had to choose between the two.

Randy Blythe has been a farmer, a drummer, a plumber — and now an important new poet of the South
Updated: January 25, 2015 - 11:02 am

Every once in a while, a poetry book comes as a surprise. In the present instance, it’s Randy Blythe’s "The Human Part," whose new Southern voice bristles with a quality of life lived that can be both hilarious and stunningly serious.

Anniston church hosts organ virtuoso
Updated: January 25, 2015 - 10:00 am

If the organ can be called "the king of instruments," then Diane Bish can be called "the queen of classical organ performances," according to the area musicians with whom I have talked. This virtuoso of international acclaim will be in concert today at 3 p.m. at Anniston First United Methodist Church.

The secret to a happy ending
Updated: January 25, 2015 - 9:31 am

The voice on the other end of the phone was so positive and perky it could’ve come from a Smurf. But the news it carried wasn’t exactly Smurfy.

A season's worth of theater, dance, music and art
Updated: January 25, 2015 - 9:00 am


Friday 01/23/2015
Acclaimed organist to perform Sunday in Anniston
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 9:31 am

Diane Bish has performed on some of the most famous pipe organs in the world, from Canterbury Cathedral in England, to Freiburg Cathedral in Germany, to Notre Dame in Paris.

Is there value in a pastor knowing Greek or Hebrew?
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 9:01 am

It would make me a better preacher

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Skip the cabernet and try a zinfandel
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 9:30 am

When wine consumers are polled regarding wine preferences, zinfandel rarely gets a nod. (I am talking about big, bold red zinfandels here, not to be confused with white zinfandel, the sweet pink stuff that was ever so popular a few decades ago.)

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Daily Calendars - January 22-28, 2015
Posted: January 20, 2015


Sunday 01/18/2015
Talking with the living about sitting with the dead
Updated: January 18, 2015 - 12:15 pm

To the bewilderment of his family, E.E. "Skip" Campbell always enjoyed wandering among the deceased buried in old boneyards across the South.

Nashville’s indie rock scene comes to Anniston
Updated: January 18, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Every now and then, a band manages to adopt rock sounds that are decades old and craft them into something that is genuinely current and cutting edge. Nashville band Coyotes in Boxes has done just that, and is coming to Anniston on Wednesday.

Learn about historic Civil War orphanage
Updated: January 18, 2015 - 11:30 am

The scars left in the South after the Civil War took years to heal. But one positive aftermath developed in our area after the war. It is a landmark that those at the Calhoun County Historical Society will learn about Tuesday, when Mark Howard speaks about the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, which opened in 1868.

Printer error! Printer error!
Updated: January 18, 2015 - 11:01 am

The holiday newsletter didn’t get mailed out until the middle of January, but this year it’s not my fault.

Smiley novel contemplates the houses that haunt us
Updated: January 18, 2015 - 10:30 am

There’s nothing more haunted than a house. Doesn’t matter where, how grand, how small, made of brick, straw, stone, or gingerbread, whether perfectly cared for or blown to bits. Beings gather there. Every house is a planet, exerting gravitational pull. Every house is in a dark wood, every house has a wicked witch in it, doesn’t matter if she looks like a fairy godmother ...

Councilman offers a tribute to friend and mentor Andrae Crouch
Updated: January 18, 2015 - 10:03 am

The music industry lost one of its finest on Jan. 8 with the sudden death of Andrae Crouch. A singer and songwriter, Crouch worked with stars such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John and Diana Ross. He won seven Grammy awards as well as an Oscar nomination, and his work touched numerous lives.

'Patterns of Place:' At the intersection of mapping and metaphysics
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 8:48 am

"Patterns of Place" by Anniston artist Pat Potter is a collection of abstract three-dimensional maps, based on a 100-mile stretch of northern Alabama from Little River Canyon to Mount Cheaha. The exhibit consists of six large "map tables" and 100 smaller "map insets."

Anniston artist Pat Potter is poised for national recognition
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 8:47 am

When Pat Potter became a grandmother, she didn’t want a grandmother name like "Grandmother" or "Nana." She wanted to be called "Magic."

Friday 01/16/2015
Local ministry prepares for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 10:02 am

In 1984, via presidential declaration, Ronald Reagan deemed Jan. 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Since then, the date has shifted to the third Sunday in January, marking a day when churches around the country gather to pray, hear sermons and welcome guest speakers discussing the value of life, especially the lives of the unborn.

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