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Where Eagles Fly

Presidents’ Day. It’s one of those less-ascribed holidays generally deemed more of an excuse to take off from work, than an opportunity to actually honor something. For me however, Presidents’ Day remains special because of the history behind it, and the patriotic imagery therein. Falling on a cold February day, it conjures iconic images of […]

Roughing It…With a Pumpkin Spice Latte

  Remember the episode of Duck Dynasty where the guys are out camping in the woods and Willie shows up in an RV? And when Jase chastises him for not “Roughing it” enough, Willie quips back with, “Jase, I AM roughing it! I got no cell phone service…(looks at his phone)…well I got one bar…I could […]

Two Roads In A Yellow Wood

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth.” ~ First stanza from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Strolling through the fallen leaves of sweet gums […]

Let It Snow

By Vaughn Samuels What is it about snow that makes us so giddy? Technically speaking, snow is bad news.  Snow is “inclement weather” that slows down business, threatens would-be drivers, taunts power outages, and tests the resolve of aging roofs and iffy tree limbs.  Snow is not friendly to human touch, and must be managed […]

What Clay County Means To Me

By Vaughn Samuels “How much longer till we get to Grandmother’s house?” That was the mantra bellowed from the backseat in the earliest years of my childhood, whenever we made the drive to Clay County, Alabama, on our annual pilgrimage to my parents’ home place.  Years earlier, they had moved out of state and settled […]