On Anniston’s west side stands a cherished Episcopal house of worship built by a native son, John Ward Noble, as a gift to the city. This magnificent building, the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, sits on four acres. The grounds contain lush green spaces populated by towering trees. The…

The grounds surrounding Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston are as lovely as the building itself. A glorious dogwood frames the front of the church. A crepe myrtle reaches almost to the top of the bell tower. Close to 10th Street and a stone’s throw from the hospital are two ginkgo trees. In …

Unique houses of worship and the incomparable gardens that surround them improve the heart and soul of an area. Regardless of the belief systems of the congregants or the size of the membership roster, these sacred gardens are a gift to those who take the time to savor nature’s glory.

The marathon race to purchase the perfect gift is in full swing. My inbox is overloaded with “holiday bargains.” The mailman drops off about a dozen catalogs a week. The conservationist in me says “stop the madness” as I think of the trees being decimated to interest me in buying one more th…

It seems like yesterday and also like decades ago that my husband, the dog, and I huddled in a tiny closet with cell phone, bike helmets (except for the dog) while a war raged around my home of 48 years. There is no way to describe the terror of the hour once my cell phone jangled “take cove…