Wednesday’s beans ’n greens ’n other things:


THE RAIN has stopped, the sun is peeping through thinning clouds, a dogwood in the backyard is beginning to bud, and a first redbird of a coming spring is perched on the back of a patio chair.

Whoa ...

Did I say RED as in redbird?

Something’s out of kilter here. The bird I’m looking at is not a bright red (as the males in the redbird clan always are). Neither is the bird I’m looking at is a dull brown (as the females in the redbird clan always are).

This one is a dirty orange, undecided between red and brown.

I look at the bird, the bird looks back at me. It is then that I have a thought that is sort of off the books. Do redbirds sometimes come in a transgender package as we humans sometimes do?

Yeah, I’m not wired just right. In fact my sometime-heir-and-always son, on more than one occasion has observed:

“Pop, if God were in the recall business, you’d be on the list.”

I wave my arms at the “Transbird,” it flies away, and I head for my barn for a recliner, a book, and some time with Hank ’n Willie ’n Waylon.

Life sure can be complicated at times ...


YOU MAY have missed it while taking your daily nap, but Monday WAS “National Napping Day.”

Didn’t know that ’til the blonde, looking at a 9 a.m. clock, said “Today is National Napping Day. You need to get started.”

Which I did, but not before a bit of research on what should be a national holiday. Found this:

“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.”

            — Barbara Jordan

I have no idea who Barbara Jordan is (or was), but to observe National Napping Day I managed three naps Monday instead of my usual one. And I did all three without cookies and milk.

And you have to admit this is one heckuva educational column. We’re just half way through and you are now dreaming about transgender redbirds while taking your National Napping Day afternoon nap.


QUOTABLE: “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

       — Abraham Lincoln


BIRTHDAYS: March 11 —  John Triplett; March 13 —  Phyliss Brown and Renee Owen; March 14 — Andy Carden and Patrick Bussey; March 15 — Dave McCarty; March 16 — Perry King; March 17 — Jack Wells.


TOP TEEN: Meet Gage Curvin, a senior at Piedmont High School where his 3.91 GPA qualifies for membership in the National Honor Society.

Gage also is in PHS’s Who’s Who.

He is working ahead on his education with dual enrollment at JSU in English and history.

A member of the Piedmont High football team (two-way lineman), he also handles the shot put and javelin on the indoor track team.

Along the way, young Mr. Gage finds time for volunteer work a the Piedmont Benevolence Center, the Anniston Runners Club, Venecia’s Foundation, and various activities at Piedmont Elementary.

Proud parents are Craig and Stephanie Curvin, White Plains Road, Piedmont.

Take a bow, Mr. Curvin.


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: