Author: Ashley Trice

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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The rest of Alabama’s story

I’m tired of feeling like an alien. Or some exotic creature that needs to be studied in its natural habitat. Yes, I am a proud Alabamian. And lately, it seems like there is an effort or need by “the elite” (whatever that means) on the East Coast and West Coast to “understand” us. That “need” is condescending in and of itself. They seek to “understand” how some could possibly have different viewpoints from their own. They consider us a monolithic group of people, who don’t wear shoes or have teeth, who all voted for the same person and who...

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Suffering from empty nest syndrome

Earlier this spring, a beautiful redbird husband and his slightly less red, less beautiful redbird wife showed up in our backyard. As other birds have in the past, the couple seemed to take a liking to a tall shrub right outside of our den window. It is the same shrub we hang our hummingbird feeder in, which has welcomed many tiny, fluttering visitors each fall. Though my husband, Frank, and I have not started wearing black knee-high socks with white tennis shoes or carrying around binoculars and bird books (yet), we do enjoy having an up-close-and-personal view of these...

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The return of Kudos and Kooties

It’s time for another somewhat exciting edition of “Kudos and Kooties,” the Hidden Agenda column gimmick which heaps praise and poo-poo on all of the good and god-awful things going on in our community, respectively speaking, of course. (If you say the previous sentence in a game show announcer voice, it takes this from somewhat exciting to marginally exciting. Or wait, maybe it’s the other way around. Strike that, reverse it!) Anyway, we have lots of things to get to this week, so let’s get started. Kudos go to … Gov. Kay Ivey In her one-week tenure, our new...

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