Archive for January, 2018

Diamonds Direct Love Story: Best of 2017

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

It’s January 2018. We are another year older and wiser in love!  From last year’s Diamonds Direct Love Stories, we have learned that love sometimes finds you when you least expect it. It’s a great month to celebrate The Best of Diamonds Direct Love Stories from 2017. Here’s our Honor Roll: “The Love is Like… Read More

2018 Faces of Birmingham

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Meet the Birmingham business professionals moving the city forward.

The Floor Is Open

Monday, January 1st, 2018

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

Depths of Field

Monday, January 1st, 2018

The photography of Jennifer O’Neil. By Brett Levine Most people wouldn’t envision a fall down some stairs—with the accompanying break of a bone in one’s foot—as being the impetus that kickstarted their career, but award-winning underwater photographer Jennifer O’Neil isn’t most people. “I was so angry and frustrated with having to spend three weeks on… Read More

Are you there, God?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

It’s me, Roy. By Phillip Ratliff On December 12, people of faith rejected Roy Moore. Certainly, many rejected Moore in response to the allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Others, like myself, were never going to vote for Moore in the first place, having already concluded that he likes to pick on little people in… Read More

A Toast

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Ringing in 2018. By Max Rykov Oh, Birmingham, Alabama! The Pittsburgh of the South. The Johannesburg of Jefferson County. The Atlanta of the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Area. Our city has gotten quite a lot of attention as of late-—for our thriving culinary scene, for our extravagant attempts to lure Amazon here, and for being the… Read More

Personal Space

Monday, January 1st, 2018

A One on One Conversation with Chase Russell It started with a new camera Chase Russell got for Christmas one year. Already a Disney aficionado, visiting almost every year with his family as a kid, he fell in love with the parks all over again through photography. “By taking pictures, I realized how much attention to… Read More

All the Best

Monday, January 1st, 2018

All the Best Why does the good life have to be so hard? By Lee Ann “Sunny” Brown This year is going to be the best one ever. I can feel it. This year I am declaring that I will live every day, in every way, and in all things as my very best. I… Read More

Between the Lines

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Between the Lines Show them where the boundaries are. By John Croyle Recently, I was at a restaurant with one of our grandsons having an afternoon snack.  At the table next to us was a scene which happens way too often.  A mother was trying to tell her son, who was about six years old,… Read More


Monday, January 1st, 2018

Tackled Memories of Mean Melvin  By Luke Robinson Winter always brings back so many football memories doesn’t it? I know it does for me. Even though my high school didn’t have football, I did participate every year I could in junior high in Alexander City. I remember my being on the 8th grade team in… Read More

Pursuing a Dream

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Pursuing a Dream What should you expect from your spouse? By Micah Cargo Dear Micah, I am a husband and a father who has worked very hard for many years to provide for my family. My wife didn’t work much of those years but has in the last two.  She brings in a good income… Read More