There’s an intense, austere moment at the end of Elliot Ackerman’s “Dark at the Crossing,” a finalist for last year’s National Book Award. It occurs as two people journey to their “crossing” in the Middle East. We experience it through the eyes of someone peering through a seam in the tarpau…

“It’s music to my ears,” you might say while listening to an especially good concert. But your ears probably haven’t heard some of the waltzes and other stately dances performed next weekend by a piano-violin duo at First United Methodist Church in Anniston. The Foothills Piano Festival gues…

Re-live happy moments at the beach without feeling the heat. Feel the chill of a winter’s day without a coat. Discover that heavy rain seems lighter when you’re under the umbrella on a date. These encounters with Mother Nature can be seen in the comfort of a gallery at Thai One On restaurant…

Alabama’s story of rising to a territory and then statehood is well worth studying. Many inhabitants achieved and struggled on its land to shape it as we know it today. There were victories, hardships, conflicts and — most important —  perseverance before Alabama achieved its identity.