I was sitting on the couch Sunday afternoon when as she has done hundreds of times before, my 15-year-old black Lab Daisy walked up beside me and dropped her now solid grey muzzle on my leg, seeking only a rub on the head.
I’ve been making annual pilgrimages to New Orleans (most years multiple times) for more than 20 years now. It could be said it’s the longest love of my life, only because my wife Lisa and I were celebrating only our 14th anniversary last weekend in the Crescent City.
March 20, 2008 – I’ve never met Mykal Riley, a 6’6″ senior forward for the Univeristy of Alabama basketball team, but he may have saved my
life last Friday night.
“Amazing,” that was the word Vardaman Lady Rams Coach Deanna Winter used Monday night to sum up her team’s 67-39 historic win over Thrasher before a large, energized home crowd.
The view was stunning from the 14th floor balcony atop the Butler Snow Law Firm in Ridgeland. The skyline of downtown Jackson was due south, the Ross Barnett Reservoir to the east and a colorful sunset to the west.
It was one of those rare moments when happiness and great sadness hit you simultaneously, taking your breath away like a punch to the gut.
My wife Lisa and I were sitting near the back of Oxford-University Methodist Church last Saturday night to celebrate the marriage of Margaret Goodwyn Phillips and Ryne Bankston.
I can’t recall the first time I ate at Tico’s Steak House off County Line Road in Ridgeland. I sure couldn’t take a guess at the number of times I’ve pushed my way through the crowd of legislators to find my table.
Last week was just one of those weeks. You know the kind – major fire in the middle of the night, snowstorm hits the county, dog eats a few socks, work on emotional feature story about family reuniting after 60 years apart, field more calls from state media about local investigation into shooting, Bruce and Calhoun City renew rivalry on basketball court, dog inhales a corn cob, county employee charged with stealing 4-H kids’ wishing well, area store operator arrested twice in one week, dog cut open to remove corn cob, another fire, a few meetings, a banquet and the always entertaining Addi Claire Bailey awaiting at home.
It’s rarely a good thing when media outlets across the state and nation begin calling on us in Calhoun County.
Over the years I’ve come to love many things about Birmingham. First and foremost is Dreamland – one of the most famed barbeque joints in the South.