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Hurt

It hurt.
After I was beaten on my butt with a metal pica pole, I ran into the women’s bathroom at The Anniston Star, sat in an empty stall, and cried.

Stories from the Heart

Surprising Stories of Hope and Recovery Margaret’s Story Who Says You Can’t Have Successful Heart Surgery at 89? Margaret Hubbard has always had heart issues. Born in 1927, she was known as a “blue baby,” or a baby with a blue complexion caused by congenital defects of the heart, or in Margaret’s case, having a… Read More

The Road to Selma

Ever since I came to this country in 1984, I have been obsessed with the road from Selma to Montgomery. After moving to Alabama in 1989, I visited the road and wanted to document its straightaways, curves, and rich and troubled history. The impact of the events along this road in the sixties led to… Read More

Uncork Fun in the Sun at Sandestin Wine Festival

The 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, regarded as one of the top wine festivals in the country, is scheduled for April 12-15.

The Color Purple

Red Mountain Theatre’s performance of The Color Purple, February 2-18, is an evocative chronicle of a journey through abuse and powerlessness to a triumph over a lifetime of adversity.

Wings Over Avondale

It is just a painting on a wall, but it became a touchstone for the renaissance of a once-neglected neighborhood.

Beautiful Music

Violins of the Holocaust Serenade with Hope, Resilience of the Human Spirit Written by Karim Shamsi-Basha Sallie Downs remembers when a friend first sent her the link. It was a video of a remarkable concert featuring violins that had survived the Holocaust, as part of a program called Violins of Hope. “It touched me,” Downs… Read More

Playfully Elegant

Inspired by the perfect lot and a hint of whimsy, a dream home is built.

Personal Space

After Doug Jones won the special election in December to represent Alabama as its new U.S. Senator, it was widely reported that one constituency in particular had played a major role in pushing him over the finish line: African-American women. Noting that a full 98 percent of Alabama’s black women voters cast their ballots for Jones, the New York Times put together a short video to show the faces behind the statistic. One of these was 25-year-old Courtney Howard.

A Toast to Giving

By Max Rykov

Every year in February, in elementary school classrooms around the country, countless children make Valentine’s cards for kids they really don’t care for, and often for kids they pity. It’s a lovely practice, and every kid feels special for a day.

The Floor Is Open

When Ryan and Lauren Daniel moved into their Vestavia Hills home in 2010, they were delighted with the location in this leafy subdivision off Rocky Ridge Road. From the start, though, they were already making plans to update the home to create a brighter, more contemporary aesthetic. The sticking point was the main downstairs living… Read More