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    I would like to let your community know they have a coroner they should be thankful for. After losing my wife Ruth of 38 years in an auto accident, I was contacted by Mr. Jeremy Kilpatrick. He was most helpful in guiding me through what was needed. He went...

    52 ODES OF JOY: THE F-WORDS

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    F-WORDS are not used frequently enough. At least that’s true for some F-WORDS. There are so many FABU F-WORDS, I’ve FINAGLED them into two fragments, 25 in this installment and 25 MORE F-WORDS in the next. To fortify your familiarity with the four basic facets of “The S.U.N.S. (Smile-Making, Uniting,...
    ODE TO BRAND YOU If you were a brand, Would you be fresh and sweet as Krispy Kreme, Or aged and mellow like a sip of Jim Beam? You might be calm like NyQuil or rowdy like Harley-Davidson, Or hot as Tabasco or warming like Lipton. Whatever your message, one thing is true, No brand is...
    “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be…” - Robert Browning “The JOYrontologist” recommends: If you only read one book about joyous aging in your one precious life, let it be “BETTER WITH AGE: The Psychology of Successful Aging” by Dr. Alan D. Castel. BETTER WITH AGE should not only...
    On average, 130 American lose their lives by suicide every day. More than five lives per hour. One life lost every 11 minutes. On Dec. 27, 2012, my mother was one of those lives. Seven years later I tried my best to be one of those lives.  For decades I...
    Iraq veteran and commander of Cullman VFW Post 2214, Brian Monk, and wife, Rachel Monk, president of the VFW Auxiliary, pick different dates and locations every year to collect Buddy Poppy donations for the VFW. The money raised goes back to helping veterans in need.  We set up at Warehouse...
    ODE TO THE “E WORD” Isn’t it a sweet surprise That play is a workout in disguise. Chic gym clothes can never glamorize The boring drudge of exercise. S.U.N.S. SILLYASS FITNESS is serious-not-solemn exercise with goofy grins, funny grunts and a LAFF EVRY DAY. “The JOYrontologist” recommends: Don’t work out…play! Sitting is killing more Americans than...
    ODE TO SOLITUDE Solitude and loneliness Are far from the same. Solitude is exquisite pleasure; Loneliness, excruciating pain. My name is Ben and…I am a GREGARIOUS HERMIT. There, I’ve said it. Every day, for as far back as I can remember, I’ve been an enthusiastic, social animal who also has a hankering for lots...
    For the last several years, I’ve enjoyed leading an April-in-Alabama history walking tour through Cullman.  Like Martina McBride sang, “word gets around in a small, small town,” and I’ve been fortunate to attract some positive, fun buzz and good-sized crowds. To keep it interesting for any repeats and myself, I...
    Rock the South was my first concert ever and my experience at Rock the South was an amazing experience! It was not only a small bonding time with my dad but the music was great. The food was delicious, the bands were amazing, even the songs they picked for...