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LEAR Photography by Chuck St. John William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear is exactly that — tragic. Filial ingratitude, betrayal, deception, torture, madness, suicide, murder… what better way to spend a fall term in college? This fall, Samford’s theatre department has asked MUSE OF FIRE: Shakespeare at Sloss creator Elizabeth Hunter to tackle the Bard’s… Read More

The Researchers

Birmingham is at the center of medical research and breakthroughs. Meet some of the people leading the way. Written by Richard James Photography by Liesa Cole Dr. Louise Chow Turning the tide on HPV Dr. Louise Chow’s focus is razor sharp. The object: human papillomavirus. “Our lab has been conducting basic research on the pathobiology… Read More

Missing in Action

Missing in Action By Tom Gordon It’s not unusual to hear children of World War II veterans say they know little or nothing about their father’s war experiences. Sometimes, it’s because they did not ask or waited too long to do so. A lot of the time, it’s because their father was determined not to… Read More

Going Viral Gets PRETTY

Going Viral Gets PRETTY Written by Katherine Webb, Photography by Bob Farley Imagine a man dressed as if he’s been invited to a premiere party for a hip-hop mogul.  The man appears as if he frequents private palaces of the rich. He is not a large man. His appearance nonetheless demands your attention. Shoes polished,… Read More

Anatomy of a Heart Attack

In one pivotal moment, doctor becomes patient. Written by Kurtis W. Eaton, M.D., MBA Photos by Edward Badham “Dr. Eaton…. are you OK?”  The words hung heavy in the air between us while April looked at me around the edge of my office door. The moment was palpable.  Something was changing.  Something had changed.  You… Read More


Dana Siegelman was once Alabama’s first daughter, but she will always be Don’s first daughter. by Jesse Chambers, Photo by Liesa Cole The media routinely shines klieg lights on the central players in legal and political scandals, people like former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and Birmingham health-care magnate Richard Scrushy, who were convicted of bribery… Read More

Larger Than Life

The Altamont School brings together a collection of memories and short stories to honor the life of legendary educator and Altamont headmaster, Carl Martin Hames. By Carolyn Sloss Ratliff, project director and publisher Martin Hames left us 10 years ago in November. After a conversation I had with a friend and fellow Trustee Board member,… Read More

Happily Ever After

One family finds the perfect home for the next chapter of family life. Written and Photographed by Graham Yelton For many families, creating a gorgeous and cozy space that can withstand toddlers, canines and company exists only in fairytales. Messy boys and fine upholstery rarely coexist in harmony. Well, once upon a time there was… Read More

One-on-One: Lawrence Pijeaux Jr. and Joseph Caspar Baker III

The focus of this month’s conversation was the power of ordinary and extraordinary people to bring about positive change. We brought together two people for this month’s One on One who have experienced that phenomenon: Dr. Lawrence Pijeaux Jr., president of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Joseph Caspar Baker III, founder of the advocacy… Read More