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It was in October of 1966 when I first saw her sitting near the stage of the Sumiton Middle School. She was in an antique dress and bonnet playing gospel songs on a pump organ that looked as if it came over on the Mayflower. Read more

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One day after playing on the playground, he asked us to look around and pick up any litter we saw. As we hustled around picking up scraps of theme paper and old Dixie cups, he said, “We should always leave a place better than we found it.” Read more

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Sunday was Christmas-tree day at the Watsons’. The soles of my shoes squished in parking-lot mud, but our spirits lifted when we saw a stand of ice-blue cedars among the Christmas trees. We knew our tree was there. Read more

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Jilda and I had a minor crisis in our lives this past week. Our coffee maker died. It was a slow, tragic death. Read more

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My Dad’s birthday was this week. He would have been 96 years old. Read more

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There is a mossy rock in the hollow behind our barn. It’s nestled under a canopy of oak, hickory and pine trees. It’s a peaceful place. Read more

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The nature of our backyard changed this summer. We have a new swing. Read more

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Some of my favorite memories from childhood revolved around our front porch. Read more

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One morning last week as we walked, I saw something in the barnyard that caught my attention: a shard of cobalt blue glass from an old Noxzema jar. Read more

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I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember. Read more

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I remembered the mantra that my lovely wife preaches to her students at work and at the community yoga class: “Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now.” In other words, “Be Here Now.” Read more

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The thing is, no one knows what each of us goes through. Life can be difficult, but that shouldn’t make you invisible. Read more

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I’m coming to another intersection in my life, and I need a good thinking place. Read more

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I recently drove down a road that I hadn’t traveled in some time. It’s changed. Read more

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On the first day of school, all the community kids flocked to the front of our house. It was a wide place in the narrow road and a good place for a bus stop. Read more

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My South By Rick Watson Read more

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"My birthday is later this week, and I decided to buy myself an early present, but I didn’t realize it would require a walk back in time to find it." Read more

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November is Adopt-a-Senior-Dog Month, which is an idea I can embrace. Read more

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The month of October is not for pluviophiles (people who love rainy days), because it’s one of the driest months in the South. But it’s probably the favorite month of the “philes” that love sunsets. Read more

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Quality and quantity are two concepts we face almost daily in our lives. We find ourselves making decisions based on one or the other. For some, quantity is key. But some prefer quality. Read more

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