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The Giving Guide

The Giving Heart of the City Birmingham is an especially giving city. Whatever your special cause, you can find a home for your passion project among the nonprofit organizations of Birmingham. On these pages, we present profiles of some of the region’s leading nonprofits, their impact, missions, successes, and connections. When it comes to getting… Read More

Building Their Dreams

Leaving no detail to chance, a couple builds a home their growing family will enjoy for years to come. Written by Jane Reynolds; Photography by Edward Badham Alan and Allison Cease both have strong Birmingham ties—Alan grew up here; Allison is a graduate of Samford University—and the young couple always planned on making this their home. But their plans… Read More

Southern Gospel: Like a Train Whistle

The Birmingham Sunlights keep the tradition of Southern Gospel alive and well. Written by Phillip Ratliff; Photography by Beau Gustafson For the past three decades, the Birmingham Sunlights have been celebrated for their rootedness in the city’s venerable gospel singing tradition—and for being among that tradition’s great innovators. Threading that needle has meant learning from… Read More

Fashion: Sparkle and Shine

The holiday party season has arrived, and the glamour is back. Credits: Photography by Chuck St.John Styling  by Mary Beth Wetzel Art Direction by Robin Colter Hair by Todd Cargo of Sanctuary Make Up by Jennifer Spanick Style Assist by Lynn Muggeo Photo Assist by Erin Crawford Models Gloria Ann Crauswell, Becca Tate, Michael Clarke; All with Red Models Silver full-length evening gown with front slit… Read More

Walking on Clouds

Photography by Alison Miksch Recipe Development by Lilly Plauché You might not imagine that something as simple as egg whites and sugar could transform into something as light, and delicious as a meringue. Try some dipped delicately into chocolate. Sprinkle one with fruit. Or, savor a slice of perfection in a Pavlova—that classic Australian dessert… Read More

Be His Guest

New BMA Director Graham Boettcher wants to reinvigorate the museum experience. Written by Rosalind Fournier Portrait by Beau Gustafson Additional photography courtesy of the Birmingham Museum of Art Dr. Graham Boettcher, the new R. Hugh Daniel director at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA), is sitting on a simple, seamless wooden tete a tete bench—the… Read More

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