Archive for September, 2011

Pie recipes

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Recipes courtesy of PIELAB and Deborah Callia, PIELAB manager. Recipes for crusts are available from the PieLab Cookbook: The Dollop Report, contact PEACH CREAM PIE Ingredients: 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar 1-1/2 cups heavy cream ½-teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups sliced peaches One graham cracker crust 2 tablespoons lemon… Read More

Drink It Up | Boyfriend Troubles | The Good Samaritan

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Drink It Up Dear Micah, What do you think of a mom and dad that sit up and drink at night every night after the kids go to bed?  My sister and her husband say there’s nothing wrong with their unwinding and having a few drinks after the kids are asleep.  But I wonder if… Read More

You’re Not an Idiot – You’re Human

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Getting excited about the potential for new love that ultimately fails doesn’t make you a joke Do you remember the old, reoccurring Saturday Night Live skit “The Chris Farley Show”, which featured Chris Farley parodying himself as he interviewed famous actors, musicians and directors? He would comically hit himself on the head throughout his mock… Read More

The Reunion and the Boyfriend | What’s in a Name? | Bride Jewel Thief

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The Reunion and the Boyfriend Dear Micah, My X remarried a woman (Ms. L) who was having an affair with him while they were both still married. They moved to Washington state. My son also lives up there. Last Oct. my youngest daughter moved up there for economic reasons and to be with her brother… Read More


Thursday, September 1st, 2011

At 8 a.m. on September 11, 2001, it was easy to perceive our lives as serene; we were safe. Even while Bernie Madoff’s crimes were being exposed, most saw our economy, our country, as prosperous; we led the world. And while the scientific community embraces a vision of quantum mechanics and string theory, shattering our… Read More

Art From the Ruins

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Birmingham native Rachel Higgins makes art using an eco-friendly pallette of recycled materials with the New York City skyline as a stunning backdrop. By Jesse Chambers The contemporary dictum of sustainability implores all of us to reduce, reuse and recycle. However, many visual artists—especially sculptors and multi-media practitioners—have done this for decades, using found materials… Read More

How Does Your Garden Grow…

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Local architect Brian Barrett and his family tend to home as well as a community garden in Avondale. Written by Mary Ellen Stancill, Photography  by  Beau Gustafson With their first baby on the way, Brian and Krys Barrett needed more space than their previous house had to offer. At first they considered remodeling. Brian, an… Read More

the Creative Beast

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Londoner Keith Otter has put his world–class advertising skills to work here in Birmingham, in what is just one more unexpected stop in a whirlwind life. by Rosalind Fournier    Photography by Beau Gustafson Make-Up by Angela Jones Five years ago, Keith Otter was working in the upper echelons of London’s advertising world, with a resume comprised of important… Read More

One Shot

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

A new way to eat. Photos and Text by Beau Gustafson So are you feeling sluggish? Getting fat? Are you tired of fast food and eating out every meal? Have you tried every fad diet out there to the point  you are not sure what you should eat?   It may be time to get back… Read More

Where the Spirit Has Hope

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Story and Photographs by Meg McKinney The riders and horses at the Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch move forward, one step at a time, but need care and patience before they do.  The calm, quiet horses show their muscle by carrying their riders and their baggage. The baggage is packed with histories of abuse, loss… Read More