Fairhope Public Library

Author: Ashley Trice

Holy shiplap! Is the end near?

Doomsday conspiracy theorist David Meade prophesied the world would end last week on Sept. 23. Since that didn’t happen, he now says the rapture will be Oct. 15. Funny, I didn’t think important dates like the end of times got to be rescheduled, like, say, a child’s soccer game, but what do I know? Meade subscribes to the theory that a 10th planet, known as Planet X (which NASA says doesn’t exist), will collide with Earth on this day, which will ultimately lead to the rapture. Bummer. But the upside is that after the rapture, he says, there will...

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Change needed on America’s college campuses

Every parent wants their child to grow up, do well in school and eventually leave the nest to go off to college (hopefully on full academic and/or athletic scholarships). After buying a house with a picket fence, getting a dog and birthing 2.5 children, this hope is the natural extension of the American Dream. But some of the activities on college campuses these days are becoming every parent’s worst nightmare. Hazing deaths Hazing deaths, usually alcohol- and/or drug-related, in Greek fraternities are nothing new. They unfortunately happened when I was in college, and they are still happening today. With...

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A cone of uncertain, random, post-hurricane thoughts

Hurricane Irma has been on the minds of many a Mobilian over the past week or so. After absolutely decimating the Caribbean islands, she ultimately decided to visit the Sunshine State and make it not so “sunshiney.” Thankfully, Irma left us alone for the most part, only giving us a little bit of wind and strangely chugging our bay down her pie hole, or I guess I should say her “eye hole” (or whatever it is she did with it). Though it could have been much, much worse, there will still be lots of cleanup and rebuilding to do...

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The price of living in paradise

It was an absolutely glorious Labor Day weekend. On Saturday, my kids spent time racing kayaks with friends across the bay in Fairhope. On Sunday, the whole family and I took a boat ride with friends from Dauphin Island to the Mississippi coast. My daughter had an absolute look of bliss on her face as we made our way to Gautier for a party. She would scream, “Go faster, Uncle Rob! Go faster!” any time our captain dared to slow down his boat. The water was as smooth as glass much of the way and the sun’s rays made...

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On Sofia, Smurfette and Millie

I recently came across a study on gender bias that found when you ask 5-year-olds if they think boys or girls are smarter, they usually answer their own gender. But somewhere between ages 5 and 6, something changes for girls, because when you ask a group of 6- and 7-year-olds the same question, boys were still more likely to say boys, but girls were significantly less likely to say girls. They started picking boys, too. Researchers and parents alike were puzzled. What was causing this “switch?” And why was it found at this specific age? They reasoned the usual...

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And the Campie goes to …

As I sit at my desk writing this column on Tuesday morning, Mobilians are headed to the polls to cast their vote for Mobile’s next mayor and in many districts their city councilpersons as well. This column must be sent to the printer before the results are in, but since most of the campaigning and vote lobbying is done, I feel I can safely present the 2017 Mobile Municipal Election Campaign Awards, or the Campies, as I like to call them. The Campies recognize the biggest triumphs and missteps of the election season. The mayor’s race has provided most...

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No reason to change direction

Last Friday night, the streets of downtown were alive, and Mobilians were celebrating like we were born to do. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Yes, even in August! Mayor Sandy Stimpson and his wife, Jean, led a marching band, Joe Cain and some of his foot marchers, and even a few Mardi Gras Indians from New Orleans in a second line procession from Cathedral Square to Bienville Square during the “Celebrate the City” event. And what a city we have to celebrate indeed! There was so much positive energy in the air as a diverse group of Mobilians of...

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Holy ‘Molie!’ These are our choices?

On Tuesday, Alabamians will head to the polls to choose who will be our next United States senator. The field is so crowded most of us couldn’t name more than three or four contenders.  The three who have emerged as front-runners are former Alabama attorney general and current Bentley-appointed U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.  Without question, I am going to have to take a long, hot shower after casting my vote, no matter who it’s for. And I will probably still feel dirty. Strange would have been the easy...

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