My children have been out of the house for several years now, and I am out of the loop on what’s popular with the kids these days.

It’s Fourth of July weekend, which means it’s time for fireworks, and fireworks go “pop,” which means it’s time for a pop quiz! Below are 10 questions based on the naturalization test given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. There are 100 possible questions on U.S. history and gov…

Fun fact: American poet T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), author of landmark poems with such depressing titles as “The Waste Land” and “The Hollow Men,” also wrote a book about cats.

There are many things I need to learn as I come out of my pandemic cocoon. How to make eye contact. How to chew with my mouth closed. How to clean stinky dog shoes. Mostly, I need to learn how to do my hair.

Do you know the polite and respectful way to post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms? Let’s take this handy quiz and find out:

After more than a year of working remotely from home, I went back to the office this week. It was finally time to address my most pressing concern: Did I wash out my coffee cup before I left?

In a normal year, I would have been volunteering once a week at PreSchool Friends at Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston, which provides free preschool for families whose children could otherwise not attend preschool. I am the music “teacher,” which is really just an excuse for me to sing and…

Our dog is the Houdini of mutts. When we first got her as a puppy, we lived in a house with a big fenced backyard. She had trees to sniff, holes to dig, squirrels to bark at. You’d think that would have been enough. 

I keep seeing friends and strangers on social media sharing photos of themselves after getting their second COVID shots. They’re joyful and beautiful and some of them are showing off sparkly Band-aids. One had dressed up in an evening gown.

I have been a proud consumer of Apple products for almost as long as there have been Apple products. My first Macintosh computer was a late 1980s model that looked like a big beige box, weighed 18 pounds and featured a mind-boggling 1MB of memory.

It was early spring. I was at church on a Saturday. I had agreed to fill in as the church pianist that coming Sunday, and I had gone up to practice on the church piano.

Now that I’m half-vaccinated, I’ve been trying to make breakfast plans with a half-vaccinated friend. We’re still leery of eating indoors, so our first dilemma was finding a breakfast place with outdoor dining. (Panera!) The first time we tried, we had to cancel because the forecast was for …

My husband and I are both half-vaccinated now, so we celebrated with a half-vacation, hitting the open road for a trip to the exciting metropolis of … oh, who am I kidding. We went to Leeds to check out the new Buc-ee’s.

I’ve been enjoying not just the sights but also the sounds of spring. The birds singing in the suddenly green trees, the spring peepers chirping in the pond near the grocery store, the dulcet sounds of James Spann on the TV in the background …

I have an appointment for a COVID vaccine! I became eligible for a vaccine this week because I work in the media. (And, OK, maybe I’m also eligible because I’m in the 55-and-up age group.) I thought I might be skittish about rejoining society after I’m fully vaccinated, but no. Turns out I w…

The Oscar nominations were announced this week, and I asked my husband — the film buff in the family — to quiz me on my extensive knowledge of new movies.

Some friends recently gifted a tub of candy to me and my husband — alas, my husband did not get any — but it was like no candy I’d ever seen before. 

So potatoes made headlines recently — and I’m not talking about the Golden Globes. No, there was a minor skirmish in the culture wars when people thought Hasbro was going to take away the genders of Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head.

Last weekend, I volunteered as a judge at the annual Black Heritage Festival oratory competition at the Anniston museum. I’ve been a judge for the past few years, and it’s always a high-energy event, with dozens of kids, all ages, taking the stage to recite poems and speeches. There are usua…

I have friends and family who have gotten their COVID vaccines, but I’m still far back in the line. I think I am in vaccine priority group 1b, subsection 58, division 4xl, password must contain 8 letters, 2 numbers and 1 special character. I keep trying to plan what I will do after I’m vacci…

I don’t know much about the sports, but I do love Super Bowl week. I am particularly excited this year because it’s Super Bowl No. 55, which translated into Roman is LV. It’s the Super Bowl of love, baby!