The two sections of this new book from essayist and novelist Joan Didion are not of equal weight. "Notes on the South" takes up the bulk of the book; "California Notes" is barely over 10 pages. The month-long trip through the South that Didion and husband John Gregory Dunne made in June of 1…

My amazing artist friend Pat recently gifted me with an amazing piece of art. Its parts are simple — a couple of rocks with a strip of mirror running between them, mounted in a small metal frame.

Pansy and Scott Willis of Oxford and Wayne and Linda Webb of Carrollton, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Webb Martin of Heflin, to Jody Driver of Heflin, son of Larry Driver of Roanoke and Barbette Driver of Houston, Texas.

Bonnie Garrett, daughter of John and Linda Garrett of Lineville, recently received the Alabama Project Lead the Way Teacher of the Year award at Auburn University and the National Education Association Foundation Teaching Excellence award in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Lynde Nanson, the Upper School mathematics teacher at The Donoho School, was recently chosen to participate in the Teacher Leadership program of the park City Mathematics Institute in Utah this summer.

Walter Lawson is known in local nursing homes and jail ministries as "the singing chaplain." Lawson says he may not be the best singer, but he takes his direction from the Psalm that tells every living thing to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."