Magazine Articles

Grown Up, Flown Away: When your child leaves the nest for college

As published in Portico Magazine

I’ll never forget the day my husband Hugo took my son Clint to Zamora Shrine Temple to the Reptile Show. He texted home pictures of my sweet eleven-year-old with a mottled yellow python draped across his small shoulders, a stranger’s tattooed forearm blurring the picture’s frame.

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WebA Dose of Extra-Strength Tylenol

As published on The Bitter Southerner

When my mother, now 83, asked me to drive her to see Frank who is recuperating at a physical rehabilitation facility two hours away in Huntsville, she says, “The only reason I’m asking is I know you won’t let me drive alone on the highway.”

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katherine-clarkOn Liberation and a Matter of Time

As published in Portico magazine

An interview with writer Katherine Clark. KATHERINE CLARK began her writing career publishing two oral biographies, her first Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife’s Story about Onnie Lee Logan,

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WebThis Old House

As published on The Bitter Southerner

My life story has been defined by the place my family has called home for four generations. Referred to as the “McCullough house” by my mother’s generation, it is one of the oldest in Birmingham.

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attic-150Attics of My Life

As published in Portico magazine

“DOES THIS SPARK JOY?” Katie Rogers, a decluttering expert, asked. She handed me a white shirt from the mountain of clothes towering beside me in my bedroom.

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Free Man

As published in B-Metro magazine

After 30 years on death row, Anthony Ray Hinton–an innocent man convicted of murder–is set free.

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Stay-HungryThe Legacy of Spider Martin’s Selma

As published in B-Metro magazine

You know the images. You’ve seen them before. The iconic black and white photographs showing Alabama troopers beating peaceful protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama—a seminal turning point in the civil rights movement…

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Stay-HungryStay Hungry

As published in B-Metro magazine

Charles Gaines was only 30 years old when his first novel, Stay Hungry, was published in 1972. Six months after publication, Bob Rafelson, the director of the 1970 hit Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson…

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judges_150On River Time

As published in Birmingham magazine

Steve Davis, a Texas native and executive at McGriff Seibels, exudes the confidence and ease of a high-powered businessman who travels from coast to coast for work. But beneath this polished veneer is a man committed to bringing light to a dark subject…

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judges_150Sacred Land

As published in B-Metro magazine

Hidden in plain sight, the Knesseth Israel/Beth-El Cemetery, the oldest Jewish cemetery in the city, is situated at the top of Enon Ridge in the Fountain Heights neighborhood of north Birmingham. Modest wooden houses built during the 1930s…

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judges_150A local mom has increased her dedication to running and the Bell Center as it has served her children.

As published in Birmingham magazine

When Jennifer Andress’ 11-month-old son John was unexpectedly diagnosed as severely hearing-impaired in 2004, her pediatrician referred her to The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs…

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judges_150A Legacy for Access

As published in Business Alabama

The Smith Scholarship Foundation, established by Avondale Mills heiress Mignon Comer Smith, invests in the college education of economically disadvantaged students across the state. …

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judges_150Children of Steel

As published in Birmingham magazine

In September of 1963, Birmingham-born sculptor Elizabeth MacQueen was 14 years old, the same age as three of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Growing up in Mountain Brook, …

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judges_150A Legacy of Justice: Judges discuss how their fathers’ acts of courage helped shape their lives

As published in Birmingham magazine

Today in Birmingham, four judges — Bob Vance, brothers Tom King Jr. and Alan King and Helen Shores Lee — preside on the Jefferson County Circuit Court. …

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carlProfile of Carl Carlson

As published in Society South magazine

In his mid-fifties, Carl Carlson says he’s a late bloomer. He “burned away” 25 years of his life, losing his family, marriage, and home to alcoholism. Given a second chance to turn his life around, he now sees the broader picture…

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brianProfile of Brian Preston

As published in Society South magazine

At the young age of 26, Brian Preston was building an empire, flying high, ginning cash. This homebuilder had it all: the big house, fancy car, and beautiful wife. In 2008, the world crashed, and so did Preston…

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elves_150Those Darn Elves

As published in Birmingham magazine

One day after school when my son Clint was in second grade, he jumped in the car, excited. He announced he was going to build an elf house, leave some food out and, voilà, one of Santa’s helpers would appear the next morning. I gripped the steering wheel a little…

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allan-burton_150 A Century of Service Part IV: Pieces of the Puzzle

As published in Birmingham magazine

Each year, the roughly two-million nonprofit organizations operating throughout the country struggle to sustain their missions. Approximately 25,000 fail or become inactive annually.
In Alabama, the majority of nonprofit organizations…

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fundingprt3_150A Century of Service Part III: Funding the Future of Birmingham

As published in Birmingham magazine

Although important, writing a check for a charitable contribution is often not enough to orchestrate systemic change, make a significant impact on the long-term health of a community and address deep-seated social ills endemic to every city. Kate Nielsen, president…

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carolines_150pCaroline’s Cart

As published in Birmingham magazine

Her daughter’s disability inspired a Birmingham mom to create a new type of shopping cart. Five years ago when Drew Ann Long shopped at the grocery store or ran an errand, she hired a babysitter for her daughter Caroline who has Rett Syndrome. Until Caroline…

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Slavery Re-Examined

As published in Birmingham magazine

Margaret Wrinkle grew up in Birmingham and attended The Altamont School before earning her bachelor’s and master’s in English at Yale University. Her award-winning 1996 documentary “broken\ground” was featured on NPR and was a winner of the National Council on Foundation Film Festival.

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A Century of Service Part II: Investing Time and Heart

As published in Birmingham magazine

Dressed in their Sunday best with a feast set on the spacious dining room table, a group of black women, all good friends and most of them housewives, gathered together in Theodora Shores’ home in 1956.

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A Century of Service

As published in Birmingham magazine

Birmingham’s philanthropic culture has created a generous network of civic clubs, foundations, businesses, non-profit organizations, social clubs and churches whose partnerships not only enhance the quality of life here but also have far-reaching effects globally.

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The A-List

As published in B Metro magazine, excerpted from The A-List

On the way home from school, my daughter Frances tells me about the most important moments of her day. One afternoon as we were driving down the road, Frances piped up from the backseat that her class had played football in gym that day.

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Winning the War for Girls

As published in Birmingham magazine

Every year, at least another 2 million girls worldwide disappear because of gender discrimination. In the wealthy countries of the West, discrimination is usually a matter of unequal pay or underfunded sports teams or unwanted touching from a boss.

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Common Ground

As published in Birmingham magazine

Dr. Frank Adams, founder and director of education for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, was born in Birmingham in 1928. He offers a picture of how much the city has changed over the course of his lifetime: “If you were born when I was, today…

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Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

As published in Thicket magazine

Driving down I-65 about an hour from the beach, unsuspecting travelers are confronted with a most remarkable sight: rising high in the sky above the tall pines and fertile farmland of south Alabama is a stunning glass-clad, 17-story, 236-room resort hotel.

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Educated Shoppers

Educated Shoppers: Flea Markets

As featured on myhomeideas.com

The sheer abundance of a flea market combined with the promise of a good deal can scatter even the most collected of wits. Follow our tips to shop like a pro and bring home a treasure.

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Featured in flower magazine, Spring 2009

A Gardener’s Garden

As published in flower magazine

This feature article ran in the spring issue of flower magazine, profiling Mary Zahl, a gardener whose designs speak to the heart, inspire the mind, and recapture what has been lost.

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Frontier Town

As published in Thicket magazine

Mooresville, Alabama offers visitors a walk through the past.
With a population of 65, historic Mooresville has roughly the same number of residents as when the town incorporated in 1818, one year before Alabama’s statehood.

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Going Deep

As published in Thicket magazine

Alabama’s caves challenge both serious and novice adventurers.

With over 4,000 known caves and countless more undiscovered or “virgin” caves throughout the state, it’s no surprisethat Alabama is home to a close-knit community of adventurers who explore an intricate, underground environment.

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Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

As featured on myhomeideas.com

Follow a few key principles, and you’ll have a bedroom that offers a retreat from the hassles of the day.

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Paradise Found

As published in Thicket magazine

Architect and native son Bobby McAlpine realizes this childhood dream of building spaces that satisfy the spirit and enliven the imagination.

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