Author: Ashley Trice

Thinking about what’s best for the 100 percent

To the casual observer, the Mobile mayoral race must seem pretty tame so far. While we get to see Big Luther making sweet, sweet love to a gun every 60 to 90 seconds on his numerous television ads for his run for U.S. Senate, we haven’t seen much of anything on the race between former Mayor Sam Jones against the man who ousted him, current Mayor Sandy Stimpson. Jones has not raised much money as of yet, so we most likely won’t see him fighting Big Lu for advertising space on the airwaves. As such, we haven’t seen much...

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Condescending politicians fishing for votes

Well golly! I guess we are all just a bunch of dirty, toothless, uneducated, weak-minded idiots who can be manipulated or bought with great ease or on the cheap. Or at least that’s what our state and local politicians seem to think of us, judging by their ads and campaigns. I am sure there are many more examples from our city and state over the years, but three politicos in particular have really caught my attention in the last week and year with their condescending ads and/or platforms. The first one that comes to mind is the “Sixty-Seven” ad...

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As Bizzaro World Turns

It’s official. We are living in Bizarro World. Everything is upside down. Dogs are biting fleas. Trees are falling off leaves. Our president may at any time cause an international incident with 140 words. I know, I know. You probably think I am being hyperbolic, but I assure you I am not. I am deadly serious. And in order to prove my case, I offer you four very concrete pieces of evidence. … 1. One of the looniest athletes in the history of American sports is seemingly on a diplomatic mission this week to North Korea … again. And...

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With adulthood comes weenie-fication

I did some really crazy things in my teens and 20s. Some would call these acts fearless; others (particularly my mother), stupid and/or insane. Where I grew up in the lovely small town of Jackson (“Alabama, not Mississippi,” a phrase uttered a million times by every native Jacksonian) we had two really hilly streets, both affectionately known as “Thrill Hill.” There was more than one occasion I rode down those exhilarating hills at top speed in the bed of a pick-up truck. Weeeee! I camped out with friends in what I am sure was a snake/spider/bear/Bigfoot-infested pitch-black river swamp....

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Summer brings hot political races

It’s hot. In Mobile, Alabama, in June. Big surprise! But if you think June is hot, just wait until we get to August. We will be sweating by 9 a.m AND we have two political races guaranteed to make things even steamier around here. Time to get our ACs as well as our BS detectors serviced, y’all. It’s going to be a long, hot summer. Strange times The field is now set for the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was confirmed as our nation’s attorney general. The crowded field of eight Democrats and...

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy

School is letting out. It’s raining every day. The termites are swarming. Cars are backing up on Government Street by noon on Fridays. It must be summer in Mobile! As we approach this holiday weekend and kick off the most sizzling season of the year, there is no time I feel luckier to live in Mobile. (Well, until Mardi Gras rolls back around.) Now sure, the heat and humidity will become almost as unbearable as the mosquitoes and the Bayway on a Sunday, but any experienced Mobilian knows there are ways to work around all of those minor inconveniences....

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Weeding through the headlines

The real news is crazy enough. There is absolutely no need for anyone to manufacture it. But yet, it seems our social media feeds and airwaves are constantly blinking with flashy headlines that at the very least make an already bad story seem worse, or at worst are intentionally misleading or just downright untrue. In the fast-paced, click-bait covered world we now live in, many folks don’t take the time to read beyond a 140-character tweet or even a six-word headline. And because of that, people get all worked up over something and start attacking an issue (and then...

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In search of the perfect gift for Mom

Mothering is, without question, very hard work. It is also a job where you can often feel like you are failing more than you are succeeding. (Ughh. I forgot to send his PE clothes back to school … again.) And even when you do have a few triumphs they often go unrecognized. (She actually ate something green! There is no poop currently sitting in any of our toilets! Yay!) Yep. Trying to mold tiny humans who come into this world totally helpless into healthy, self-sufficient, considerate, well-educated, productive large humans who remember to flush the toilet really is quite...

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