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Valentine's Day Knows No Boundaries

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Valentine's Day is fast approaching.....you have only four days to buy that something special for your special someone. This someone could be a long-...

It's Atticus Again....

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Occasionally I pick up my well-thumbed copy of To Kill A Mockingbird when I feel out of sync with the world around me...it's a wonderful grounding too...

THE MOON ALSO RISES

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

I see the moon and the moon sees me And the moon sees someone that I long to see. So God bless the moon and God bless me And God bless the someone tha...

A Real EE-mergency!

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 10.21.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

Perspective....it's a hard thing to learn sometimes, but yesterday I heard someone talking about an emergency and my mind drifted back many years to a...

It's Time to Look for Lagniappe

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Today I am going out looking for my lagniappe in whatever form it might choose to take. We are given gifts every day, whether we choose to see them or not.

What I Learned On September 11th

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

I learned something on that sad day on the 11th of September 15 years ago. During that time of turmoil, fear, sadness, and terror, no matter where we live in this wide country, we were collectively and suddenly New Yorkers. Everybody was on one side...the emotion and caring for the people of this horrific scene was to a person the same.

The Eagle's Gaze

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Harry Truman saw a great deal of misery in his life resulting from war. In WWI he served as a captain of Missouri's Regiment Battery D, serving in Fr...

My Daddy Was Just A Little Crazy....and I Miss Him Like Crazy

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.21.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

He worked at Coca-Cola and believed strongly that his best information came from the men who drove the trucks, the ones who actually delivered to the grocery stores. Those trucks left promptly.... promptly at 6 AM each day. He wanted to chat with all of men before they left. He also wanted to have a full breakfast with all six of his children before he left.

As They Say in the South, Bless Her Heart

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 04.11.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

The last few days have been a marvelous whirlwind! Charlene, my friend and co-worker at Robert F Henry Tile flew from Montgomery to Los Angeles, Calif...

The Easter Egg Disaster of 1973

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 03.28.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

The Easter Eggs of 1973 didn't turn out as well as the ones this year. We had just gotten our first microwave oven...it was huge, you could roast a turkey in it!

Still Husky After All These Years

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 03.19.2017 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

Yesterday I saw an article about Zach Miko, a model who is of a larger size...in the modeling world I suppose this means he eats at least one square m...

Looking for Just the Right Light

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 02.15.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Bil Hitchcock

The point here is that while I am surrounded by all of this beauty, sometimes I pass it by without a thought, until by magic, like the day the sun hit this soapstone in just the right way, I am able to see it.

Where Would MLK Have Stood on Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.15.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

Christmas Recipe for Disaster

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 12.26.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

For the Great Silent Disapproving Saints, be thankful you are invited anywhere... and keep your little lips collectively shut.

How Much Illumination Do We Really Need?

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 12.14.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

Over the last few days I have been getting a pop-up ad about illuminated toilets... some light up as you approach... some appear to glow if you whistle a happy tune.

The Afternoon of the Lizard

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 12.01.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

A few weeks ago I had lunch with my friend Dot Moore...she was the mother of many kids that were my friends growing up...and we always had a wonderful...

Great Emergency of 1967

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 08.20.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

When a family lives across the street from one another for over 48 years, you are going to face some difficult times together, celebrate happy times together, and then you will have those dreaded times to get through together...the emergencies.

Dowagers of Death

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.11.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

In the South there is a rather unique subculture that I like to refer to as "Dowagers of Death." These Dowagers are fascinating women... they are usually women, although a man could certainly qualify to join the ranks.

"Good Morning Children, Time to Open Up Those Eyes and Let the Sunshine Come in and Fertilize Your Brains!"

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.09.2016 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

Growing up my family had a habit that was viewed as crazy by some, off the wall by others, and obscene by the truly informed.

'Jean Louise, Stand Up, Your Father's Passing'

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.20.2016 | Parents
Bil Hitchcock

I was very lucky to have a father who I could put into a similar class of man as Atticus Finch. Unfailingly kind, unfailingly fair, unfailingly respectable, unfailingly loving. Most of my friends have fathers who either fall or fell into a similar class of man...and we are lucky children.

Does A House Have A Soul?

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 05.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bil Hitchcock

Does a house have a soul? Yesterday my mom closed on this house in Montgomery, AL...a home she and Daddy, along with a lot of young children and innu...

Reflections on Selma

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are hearing a great deal from those in our society who would like to turn the clock back on voting rights, civil rights, and the right to peaceably assemble. But I believe there are many more people of good will among us than various news reports might lead us to believe. Hopefully, more of them will raise their voices in continuance of our search for "a more perfect Union."

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

Memory Postcard: "The Day I Met Martin Luther King Jr... and Was Disappointed"

Matthew Ross Smith | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Matthew Ross Smith

Glimpses into the lives of ordinary Americans. THE THIEVES AMONG US Montgomery, Alabama (1956) I started at the grocery when I was twelve, sweeping...

The Invisible Backbone Leaders of Transforming Social Change

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Jo Ann Robinson and other unsung heroines of the civil rights movement remain role models for the tireless indispensable behind-the-scenes leaders whose strength and determination we desperately need right now.