Saturday Down South

Sometimes you find yourself in a moment that seems cinematic, as if you’ve been somehow dropped into a movie. But you’re not the ingenue. You’re the observant extra on the bus stop bench. The one around whom all the activity swirls while you suck on a Big Gulp and try not to stand out. You…

Today I witnessed history

Today I witnessed history. On this misty, gray morning, I stood outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham and watched a bright rainbow flag wave as Alabama became the 37th state to allow same-sex marriages. I watched Jefferson County Probate judges uphold the law and defy bigotry, hate, and fear. I saw families embrace, relieved…

A Southern Belle chimes in on the Jersey Belle

“Jersey” and “belle.” Not two words one usually hears together. That is until Bravo smashed them together into a hot reality mess set right here in, well, let’s just say the Birmingham area (Mountain Brook, Cahaba Heights — they can’t seem to decide which). I haven’t watched the show. For the record, I don’t watch…

Drink like a local in Birmingham

Foodies have long since recognized Birmingham as one of the South’s culinary gems, but recently there has been a groundswell of craft cocktails and beer. From the white tablecloth to the warehouse watering hole, the Magic City is awash in house-made tonics, bitters, and brews. There’s something to quench every thirst, if you just know…

Praise the Lord, I saw the light…

I have seen the light. I have been converted. I have been shown the wicked ways of my traditional, jewel-toned, over-stuffed style and become a Mid-century Modern disciple. The preacher?  None other than the fabulous Barri Thompson, proprietress of Atmosphere Home Essentials in Birmingham, one of the nicest, funniest, down-home-in-the-big-city people I have ever met. Read…

The Walk — Part 1

Today I took a walk. A long walk. William Wordsworth told me to. As I sat in my office working through another lunch, answering calls, returning emails, problem-solving, trouble-shooting, I heard it, “The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers…”* Old Will was whispering to…

A Day in Birmingham — The Magic City

If you only had one day to spend in Birmingham, Ala., what would you do? Here are my recommendations. 8:00 a.m. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you’ll need a hearty one if you plan to see all of what Birmingham, Ala., has to offer in one day. Make your first…

From Garden to Glass — The Ideal Southern Cocktail

The ideal Southern summer cocktail? Undoubtedly it is the gin and tonic. So cool. So refreshing. So restorative. And it doesn’t hurt that it might keep the mosquitos from carrying you away too. The ideal Southern summer cocktail? Undoubtedly it is the gin and tonic. So cool. So refreshing. So restorative. And it doesn’t hurt…

Roll Tide! Amen!

There comes a time in every man’s life when he is confronted by a crisis of faith. Faced with serious doubt, questions with no conceivable answers, and soul-deep introspection, he (or she) may find this burden too heavy to bear. What to do? What to do? Hopefully you will never be so conflicted, but many…