Learning to Fly

The loss of another legend. By Phillip Ratliff News of Tom Petty’s death came on one of the most painful days in the nation’s collective psyche— the same day we all woke to the terrifying, depressing news of the Las Vegas shooting. In the surreal aura that lingered over the afternoon of October 2, word… Read More

Monumentally Perplexed

Discussing the elephant in the town square. By Phillip Ratliff Birmingham is a city of monuments. Atop Red Mountain there’s a bare-bottomed pagan god gazing proudly at his spearpoint. In his shadow, at Five Points South, a bronze ram spins stories while a Prohibition era Protestant minister prays fervently for a besotted city. None of… Read More

Devouring Leftovers

Enraptured by the end times.
By Phillip Ratliff

It Will All Work Out in the End

Finding your tribe certainly makes it easier.

A Mountainous Task

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve eyes new vistas.

We’ve Been Slimed

And you probably will be, too.

Lakeview, Brand New

New life breathes in a historic neighborhood

Reality Checks

We have to find truth from spin

Happy Trees

The therapeutic Bob Ross experience.

Connecting the Dots

Bridging the city’s green spaces with TravelStorys.

Electile Dysfunction

What do misogynic words say about the America my daughters live in?