Kara Silvers freely admits to being a fashionista. “It all started with my first Barbie doll,” she said. “I bought different outfits and loved dressing her up for all kinds of occasions.”

“Making Alabama,” a bicentennial traveling exhibit, will stop at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County this month, with a grand opening reception at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The exhibit closes on Aug. 28. Admission is free.

It’s not every day I’m invited to a wedding at a brewery, so of course I had to go. Not that I’m a big fan of breweries. My go-to beer is Michelob Ultra, but still, a wedding in a brewery! That’s a first for me.

 When my daughter, Lindsay, was a baby, her favorite toy was her bunny — aptly named, “Bunny.” It stayed with her throughout her growing-up years. Today, some 30 years later, Bunny is in tatters, but is still in the picture. I know this because sometimes I see it hanging out of her purse.

One of my favorite book passages of all time is from humorist James Thurber’s “My Life and Hard Times,” a memoir about growing up in Columbus, Ohio, in the early 1900s. He describes his grandmother, an otherwise formidable woman who lived her life in “the horrible suspicion that electricity …