The Accidental Photographer

It is true that many of the world’s greatest achievements were made by accident and the hands of serendipity. The discovery of penicillin. The landing at San Salvador. While I would never place my accidental discovery of a dormant photographer […]

Signs of the Apocalypse

Here in Alabama, sometimes there’s no telling what you’ll see. Recently, I have been privy to strange, very strange occurrences, possibly signs of the Apocalypse. Just yesterday as I was traveling through Orrville, I saw horse tied to a four-wheeler […]

Something to Be Proud Of

In this month’s Black Belt Living, we will be kicking off a new section called Plains & Capstone, which will cover Alabama and Auburn sports. In my “From the Editor” section, I write: College football’s bell does not toll any […]

On Writing and Reading

It’s good to be humbled once in a while. I was humbled this weekend. I read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a Pulitzer Prize winning post-apocalyptic novel about the journey of father and son through a charred America. Any thoughts of […]

Some Things I Learned from Basketball

A few weeks ago, I was in Jasper and I stopped by Hickoryland Barbeque for lunch. I hadn’t eaten there in a couple of years. Back when I was coaching basketball at Bevill State Community College, the team always ate […]

From the Magazine: June Editorial

It wasn’t a particularly pretty afternoon. I was driving from Uniontown to Greensboro, up Highway 61, a lushly green thoroughfare needled with springtime yellow on blankets of prairie that trapped miles. The overtaking grey sky could not bury suggestions of […]

The Long Hard Journey

I guess I’ve believed in Jesus all my life. The first time I sat at His table I was but a boy, a ramrod-straight little boy who wore bowties and seersucker pants to church on Sunday mornings where my indoctrination […]

The Best Coach I Ever Had

Greg Tinker came into my life at just the right moment. In 1986, he arrived at Maddox Middle School with a bulging satchel as the eighth grade history teacher and boys’ basketball coach. A recent graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University […]

So 24 Seconds Ago

The day Whitney Houston died, I sent a text to a friend of mine. WHITNEY HOUSTON DIED. I heard that! She texted back. Good lord, that came out like ten minutes ago, I thought. I had just hit “refresh” on […]