Mother’s Day Confessions

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

I have a confession: I tried to smother my mother-in-law.

Put Your Paws Together

Friday, April 1st, 2016

It’s a Magic City for companion animals, too.

60 is Super

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Sixty. I turn 60 years old this month. On March 28, I will have survived six decades.


Monday, February 1st, 2016

What has happened to journalism? In Birmingham, at least, what has happened is that journalism is dead.

Uncertain Times

Friday, January 1st, 2016

We do start 2016 in uncertain times. As of this writing, the end of 2015 was punctuated with terrorist events all over the world.

The Christmas Blahs

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

December is here, so it’s time for a Christmas column. I know, it’s cliché, but c’mon, Christmas dominates December. Heck, it dominates most of November. Still, these are the hardest columns for me to write.

Driving Miss O’Hara

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

I have a play date every Friday with two older women. Get your mind out of the gutter. This play date is with my wife and a former colleague and close friend from The Birmingham News.

In the Pursuit of Candy

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

I was a ghost. I may have been 10 or 11 years old. I was young, just a kid. And my mother, not wanting to spend too much time getting me ready for Halloween, threw an old white sheet over my head, cut out a couple of holes for my eyes and, voila, I was a ghost.

The Buses Roll By

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The buses roar. At about 3 p.m. every day, they pass by our house, leaving Glen Iris Elementary School two blocks north, and, packed with students waving and laughing, heading to wherever they’re going.

What Do You Care About?

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

I’m curious. What do you care about? I’m not talking about family and friends. We all care about our family and friends, and if we don’t, most of us don’t talk about it.

What We Lost

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

UAB football is coming back, but will they be able to recover?               By Joey Kennedy  UAB football is coming back, but the team will have to start all over. President Gerald R. Ford, in 1974, lamented after Watergate: “Our long national nightmare is over.” One would think that University… Read More