Creating a buzz…The Storm

Rise up in the face of adversity. Written by Janice Cardwell ⎪ Photography by Liesa Cole Newscasts lead with them. Social media feeds overflow with them. They dominate water cooler conversations. Disasters seem ever more frequent and unavoidable. They do not discriminate based on socioeconomic status, ethnic background, or even religious belief.  Well-engineered structures and conventions are, all too often,… Read More

A Different Way of Keeping Score

Down syndrome can be a game changer-in the most unexpected of ways. Written by Rosalind Fournier//Photography by Beau Gustafson “Did you know she had Down syndrome?” This is what most people want to know. The first time someone asked, my daughter, Harper, was probably two or three months old. I’d been living in a bubble for much… Read More

The Magic Iron

A city born to industry continues to forge its own path. Written by Cody Owens//Photography by Edward Badham Birmingham’s river is the railroad. Like any river it has a rhythm. It ebbs and flows with the lifeblood it carries, however inconvenient that may be to the motorists who groan while they’re momentarily stranded on its… Read More

The Right Place at the Right Time

The new head of the UAB Cancer Center prepares for an exciting future. By Joe O’Donnell As he has throughout his career, Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhD feels that he is in just the right place at just the right time as he begins his tenure at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It is a… Read More

Country Living

The McCracken Family found a perfect retreat in Limestone Springs. Written by Joe O’Donnell Photography by Edward Badham For Gayla McCracken, the family home in Limestone Springs in Blount County offers the best combination of city convenience and country beauty she and her husband Ron could find. “We knew we wanted to have acreage with country living, but having… Read More


Carter and Lynlee Hughes find the simple life on Smith Lake.

The Cleaner

The Cleaner
In the aftermath of a violent crime, Don Myre answers the call with a hazmat suit and healthy dose of compassion.

The Devil Inside: Chilling Recipes

Photography by Alison Miksh Recipe Development by Lilly Plauche Written by Brett Levine Assistant: Olivia Fritz     Freddy Krueger-the Springwood Slasher-had a traumatic childhood and displayed sociopathic tendencies at an early age. By 1984 he had evolved into a dream demon and child killer, but he always loved his mother’s spaghetti and meatballs.  Spaghetti… Read More

Not a Bad Seat in the House

Not a Bad Seat in the House: Home concerts give music lovers an up-close view of favorite artists or a chance to discover new ones.

To Die For

To Die For
The Dark Romance of Fall

Creating a buzz…

Spicy…Like a Good, Southern Woman
Written by Janice Cardwell ⎪ Photography by Liesa Cole