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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

Personal Space: a One on One Conversation with Jake Pratt

If you don’t know who Jake Pratt is, take a second to Google him. Stories about Pratt populate fully seven pages of search results—for instance: “Vestavia Hills student who scored viral touchdown meets Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney”; “Alabama gives Jake Pratt customized No. 16 Jersey”; and, simply, “One of the most moving things I’ve… Read More

Liberty Park Living: Kim Lorberbaum-Fears and Matthew Fears

They were looking for a place close to family and even closer to the ideal of what they always envisioned as the perfect home; Matthew Fears and Kim Lorberbaum-Fears found what they were looking for in Liberty Park. “We were attracted to Liberty Park because of the new homes,” Kim says. “But we first started… Read More

Meat, Three and Me

Lunchtime at Ted’s, which sports a new exterior look complete with a mural, is a voyage to an essential part of the heart of the city. Written by Joe O’Donnell *  Photography by Beau Gustafson There is a system. You get a tray. You get your food. You find a table. You pay when you’re done. A… Read More

Personal Space: One on One

A One on One Conversation with Bailey Coats When Bailey Coats headed off to college at the University of Alabama, her mom gave her as a gift the diary she had kept of Bailey’s earliest years. “When I was three,” Coats says, “my mom had written in there, ‘You’re going to be a performer someday—I just know… Read More

Lakeside

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

Voices of Life and Death

Dia de los Muertos : Voices of Life and Death The annual Dia de los Muertos festival in Birmingham celebrates its 15th year of honoring life. What began as an homage to a beloved father has grown into one of the city’s most enduring and fascinating events. This year the festival will be held on Nov…. Read More