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

Happy Father’s Day?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Unlike so many who will celebrate their fathers, both living and gone, I can’t say I miss my father. I didn’t really know him, and Father’s Day is a hard reminder of that.

Driving with Birmingcabbie

Friday, May 1st, 2015

My neighbor Rod Walker drives a taxi for Yellow Cab, and he showed me a cross-section of Birmingham that few of us ever see—or, frankly, even think about.

The Curious Columnist

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Someone once told me that if you aren’t changing, you’re the same person now that you’ll be the rest of your life. That doesn’t sound like much fun to me.