Thirteen Alabama Essays (2006)

Thirteen Alabama Essays

Introduction

1. Huntsville’s Big Spring and the cave under the courthouse
Have you ever drunk water from a natural spring in the woods?
December 29, 2005 Valley Planet, with cave map
January 6, 2006 Writer’s Corner on WLRH public radio, Huntsville

2. Scientist, band help city in struggle for civil rights
The 1960s were turbulent in Alabama.
January 29, 2006 Huntsville Times

3. Bringing History Back to Television
In February 2005 I participated in a nationwide grassroots movement called
“Eyes on the Screen.”
February 19, 2006 Huntsville Times

4. Positive Chi
Someone we know has gone into the feng shui business.
March 26, 2006 Huntsville Times
June 27, 2006 WLRH Writer’s Corner

5. Lessons taught by ancestor still relevant to citizens today
On an easy drive down Interstate 65 I thought about how hard it was to get to
the capital in the days of the Mississippi Territory.
April 30, 2006 Huntsville Times

6. City coffee bar keeps history a-brewing
The green gargoyles of the Terry-Hutchens building were icons to my sister’s kids.
May 21, 2006 Huntsville Times
May 25, 2006 WLRH Writer’s Corner

7. Its okay to be sassy about cultural ties
Would you know a conga line if you saw one? Have you ever eaten fried chicken?
African influences like these permeate American culture.
June 19, 2006 Huntsville Times

8. Ex-hometown takes civic responsibility seriously
After eight summers in Vermont, I celebrated July 4th in Alabama this year.
July 30, 2006 Huntsville Times

9. Alabama: a true gem for naturalists
For a budding naturalist, growing up in Alabama is good fortune. Few places
on Earth offer the variety of ecosystems contained within our borders.
August 20, 2006 Huntsville Times

10. Geologists have a field day with Alabama history
I’ve always wondered why Alabama is like it is… How far back in time do you have
to go to understand how things got this way?
September 17, 2006 Huntsville Times
July 27, 2006 WLRH Writer’s Corner

11. This document frightens folks who care about state’s future
Alabama is haunted… by the mean spirit that created the Constitution of 1901.
October 29, 2006 Huntsville Times
December 4, 2006 The Voice of Alabama, newsletter of Alabama Citizens for
Constitutional Reform

12. A hidden picture of a medical miracle
When I heard that the painting “Medical Giants of Alabama” had been
removed from public view, I wanted to see it for myself.
November 19, 2006 Huntsville Times

13. Dave Gallaher and his band take the blues to far corners
In a wooden chair at Shaver’s bookstore, with eyes closed and head tilted back in the
streaming sunlight, Dave Gallaher plays guitar.
December 31, 2006 Huntsville Times
May 18, 2007 WLRH Writer’s Corner

BONUS: Please don’t throw me in the kudzu patch
I may seem yankified now, but no one in Vermont ever mistook me for a New Englander.
February 22, 2007, Valley Planet
April 20, 2007 WLRH Writer’s Corner

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Acknowledgements

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