Archive for December, 2017


Diamonds Direct Love Story: Josh and Ashley

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

There are people who plan and people who wing it. Fortunately for Ashley Jackson, Josh Vinson is both! When we asked Ashley what quality she liked most about Josh, she said, “ I only get to choose one!?!? One of my favorite things about Josh is his spontaneity.” And yet, this “spontaneous” fellow started planning… Read More

B-Yourself Faith Williams

Friday, December 1st, 2017

  Photo and interview by: Angela Karen  Name: Faith Williams  What is Revolve?  24/7 fitness facility Tell us how Revolve started… Revolve was opened in the fall of 2009.  I took over at GM Nov 1, 2011 and owner on Jan. 1, 2015 What does the name Revolve stand for? I believe there is more… Read More

Christmas Wishes and Wants

Friday, December 1st, 2017

But not before Thanksgiving, please. By Joey Kennedy Before Halloween, my wife, Veronica, and I visited a local department store and it had already put up its Christmas displays. Trees and tinsel and lights and, yes, Christmas music. Before Halloween. Come on, folks. Why so early? I’m not so curious about Christmas that I need… Read More

What’s Fresh

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Veggie Filled Steak Rolls Ingredients: 1 ½ – 2 lb flank steak cross cut into three-inch strips Salt & pepper (according to taste) 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil The filling 3 thin carrots 1 bunch of thin asperagus tips 1 jalapeno 1 bell pepper ½ zucchini 5-6 green onions 2 cloves of… Read More

Taking it to The Yard

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Chef Haller Magee adds to the flavor of downtown. By Rosalind Fournier // Photography by Beau Gustafson Give Executive Chef Haller Magee some folks to feed—preferably a lot of them, and ideally those with a sense of adventure—and he’ll always be up to the challenge. That helps to explain some of the bold choices he’s made along… Read More

Sax and Being

Friday, December 1st, 2017

The soothing sounds of the seventies, and beyond. By Phillip Ratliff Although no one expects a return to a pre-1990 level of popularity, the saxophone has made a sheepish comeback lately. This newfound interest in the only woodwind to successfully bridge the gap between rock and the marching band rests squarely on its ability as… Read More

Music: Serendipity

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Talking with Jake Bugg. By Lindsey Lowe Osborne For me, it happened when I was in the ninth grade. I decided to join the yearbook staff on pure whim—I liked to write, and I was good at it, and my best friend was joining the yearbook staff, so—on a whim—I did, too. I like to… Read More

Personal Space

Friday, December 1st, 2017

A One on One Conversation with Bryan Thompson In search of new business opportunities, some people look for the hottest trends and jump right in. Bryan Thompson makes up trends as he goes along. He started out, inauspiciously enough, in the cabinet manufacturing business. Then he fell in love with robots—not making or selling them, but… Read More

Book Marks

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Repairing the downtown library  By Tom Gordon By the time you read this, new Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will be on the job. He and the City Council, which has three new members, will have a lot on their plate. Among other things, Woodfin has called for stepped-up efforts to address road and sidewalk repair… Read More

‘tis the Sea-son!

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Whether it feels like it or not. By Lee Ann “Sunny” Brown They say that you are supposed to “fake it ’till you make it,” which I have decided we have been doing for too many winters now. I feel like every year we have been trying to create a version of the Christmas holidays… Read More

An Open Book

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Help your children write their story. By John Croyle Over the past few years, I have written four books and have number five in the early stages. The content of every chapter in each book is the fruit of lessons learned from experience.  I’m honored to have had some great coaches, teachers and friends.  My wife, Tee,… Read More