A Letter to Coach Saban

Coach Nick Saban, of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, is arguably one of the greatest collegiate coaches in history. His success is inspiring. Each year he takes a group of talented young men and creates a team of grown men. Respectful, dedicated, organized, and true to themselves, their teammates, and the Tide. The University of Alabama is a family, or Bamaly as it is called. I wrote about my first experience with Bamaly last year during Bama Bound. Take…

Public Service Announcement- Get checked for skin cancer.

Did you tan with baby oil? Many years ago, right around this time of year in 1979, I was lying in my driveway, covered in baby oil, sun reflecting off my aluminum foil covered Steely Dan album and tanning for the junior prom. I worshiped the sun for many summers that way and I still ‘lay out’ with an SPF of 8, max of 15. I was blessed with sun happy and easy to tan Italian skin. (Doesn’t mean it’s…

Spectacular Soft-Shell Crab.

If you have never tried soft-shell crabs in any way, shape, or form, you are missing out on a spring palate rite of passage! Recipes are plentiful this time of year but I love this particular version from MELISSA CLARK and the New York Times Cooking website.  Of course, I took some liberty, but the basic recipe is Ms. Clark’s: What you need: 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature ¾ cup arugula leaves, stems trimmed 1 tablespoon…

A note to my college graduate.

Amelia, I could start this out with so many thoughts and sayings about graduation such as, “We are so proud.,” or “Congratulations,” but that’s not you is it? No, it is not. My words  of wisdom and joy to you are “You are no longer driving the struggle bus!” You are on your way now. These four years have gone by with so many challenges and joys. I have loved being a part of it, yet, those never-ending questions! I…

It’s Small Business Week

Support small businesses this week and every week. By doing so, you build your community, teach your children the value of small business and benefit from these entrepreneurs.  Take a moment and think before you purchase. Sometimes it takes a little longer to get a cup of coffee from a local barista but you are supporting your neighbors. Lost a button or need something hemmed?  Find a local seamstress. They are out there and they are great! Farm to table…