Was hoping for a bigger snow day

The picture dominates our front lobby at The Journal and frequently elicits comments from visitors.
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Can’t deny greatness of this Alabama dynasty

I couldn’t help for a few moments but think that Ole Miss had beaten Alabama yet again.
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Crazy eight is for cards, not my thermometer

I was getting ready to make my first pot of coffee of 2018 and glanced at the thermometer sitting on the window sill above the kitchen sink and it looked like it said “8.”
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Bud had a musical gift and just wanted to share

I had the great fortune to sit back stage, side stage and even on stage with Leo “Bud” Welch at various Blues shows he’s performed over the past dozen years in places like Red’s, Po Monkeys, and Ground Zero to name just a few. But the very first time I actually ever heard him play live, he was sitting in my office.
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Thankful for Jesse Jr.’s enduring spirit

Walking across the rickety front porch, I tapped on the glass in the wooden door and could hear the sounds on the other side of someone making their way toward me. A few clicks from locks being undone and the door swung open and a small, gray-haired woman with a giant smile welcomed me into her home.
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Ready to reunite with The Force once more

I haven’t pre-purchased any tickets, which may be a big mistake, but some time this weekend I hope to be sitting in a movie theater reveling in the latest “Star Wars” movie – “The Last Jedi.”
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Triple teamed by Addi, Ellie and Jack

Sitting in the second pew of the beautiful sanctuary of North Oxford Baptist Church, granddaughter Addi Claire had her music books open and was practicing every note in silence with her tiny fingers tapping the pages as if sitting at the piano.
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Still partial to silver, white and live trees

My wife Lisa and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend putting up our Christmas decorations at both The Journal and house. I’m one who loves to see them go up the day after Thanksgiving and then come down the day after Christmas.
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Can’t wait for that Thanksgiving feast

Turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, hamburger pie, pecan pie and more will be on the Thanksgiving table this week. I’m already giving thanks to the many who provided the inspiration for all these dishes I will be consuming in large quantities Thursday afternoon.
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The Saints, the cold and The Curtiss highlight Buffalo visit

The temperature registered 30, but the cold, crisp, biting air said it was a different kind of 30. It was Buffalo.
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