It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

By Joey Kennedy I’m an optimist. My curious nature ensures that. If I were a pessimist, I certainly wouldn’t want to know more stuff. I wouldn’t believe in life-long learning. I wouldn’t plan ahead. Especially in these times. The end times? No, I’m not making an end-of-the-world prophecy. I’m no prophet – true, false, or… Read More

The Life We Live

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

My wife needs a liver. Her liver is dying, and she needs a new one. Or one that another person can’t use because they’re dead. Veronica needs a transplant. But there are problems. And they are scary problems. Not the transplant. At UAB, more than 90 percent of liver transplant patients do just fine. It’s… Read More

Seven Continents, Seven Marathons

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

  By Joey Kennedy Michael Sloane and I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I call it the fat guy diabetes. But we each had different reactions to our diagnosis. I got depressed, then stopped drinking Cokes, switched to water, started walking more, and over several years lost about 100 pounds. Sloane, the director… Read More

A Big Year

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

A new year starting is as good a time as any for self-reflection. But really, wasn’t Jan. 1, 2020, just another day? Like any day? Can’t we self-reflect anytime we want? Or should. Shouldn’t we? I often review my days, especially when there is a quiet place to watch a beautiful sunset. Sunsets are among… Read More


Saturday, December 7th, 2019

of a huge playground slide and the best Christmases ever. By Joey Kennedy I never went through one of those phases where I thought girls were icky. In kindergarten and first grade, Becky Hebert was my girlfriend. I do not know if Becky Hebert was aware of this, but I thought she was. I’d chase… Read More

Lauren’s Brain Tumor Journey Ends

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

She inspired those who witnessed her courage.

Triggering America

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

I believe in the Second Amendment’s promise: Americans have a right to bear arms. That’s part of our nation’s culture.
People who don’t particularly appreciate or respect my left-leaning ideology, though, call me a “libtard” who just wants to take away their firearms.

In the Heat of the Night. And Day.

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

It’s so hot.

Gun Sense Not Gun Control

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

At no point during my time as a public school student did we have active shooter drills.

The Friendly City In Which We Live

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Birmingham is a big city with big-city problems. That’s not what this column is about. Instead, as we look at Birmingham’s challenges, we also must look at Birmingham’s successes.

Loving the Coffee Culture

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

More than just a hot cup of Joe.