My wife and I got to visit to The Azores with our daughter, her husband and his parents. The take-away from our trip was a new enthusiasm for all things Portuguese and for The Azores, Saõ Miguel in particular. It is not the easiest place to get to, flights from the US are limited, but … Continue reading Visit The Azores
In 2017 when the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville resulted in the death of an innocent bystander, I became convinced that the monument on the courthouse square in Huntsville should be moved. Not destroyed, not ripped down, not hidden away, but moved to a more appropriate location. The general consensus, back in 2017, was … Continue reading On Monuments: A Moderate’s View
I was doing some research online and found some old images of Charlottesville's consumer website, mycaar.com. We built it for them in 2003 and it's been up since then, delivering leads and value to the members of the MLS. Over seventeen years, the site has, of course, been updated many times as the technology evolved. … Continue reading 17 years and counting, creating value for MLSs
They finally did it, they moved the Confederate Monument to historic Maple Hill Cemetery into a more historically correct context. It now sits amid other memorials to soldiers who fought and died in the terrible conflict that so defined nineteenth-century America. It's too bad it took so long, but I am glad it finally happened … Continue reading Monumental Huntsville
Yesterday a friend sent me a Resolution passed by the Republican Party of nearby Lauderdale County. Here are some excerpts for your Saturday morning reading: (full text below) “The Lauderdale County Monument to the men of the County who served in the Confederate Army in the War between the States 1861-1865 fought against oppressive taxation … Continue reading Florence, Wow.
Bill wrote a book! It's really good too. He's got a real talent for storytelling. The story is a really good one too and partially set at my house!
There is a small community in northeast Huntsville called Lincoln Village. 15 years ago a good friend and pastor started a conversation with a little girl who turned into a commitment and lead to a big project called Lincoln Village Preservation Corporation. Today LVPC owns that little girl's house and dozens around it. The place … Continue reading Meridian Street
So I am from Alabama, the Heart of Dixie as it was called when I was growing up. I grew up on a farm north of a mid-size southern city known for its tolerance and diversity and my private school was integrated with the kids of most of the non-white professionals in our little town. … Continue reading Racisim and Alcoholism
I really love the Christmas album and show from Andrew Peterson and friends called Behold the Lamb. If you don't know it, add it to your Holiday Mix. Love this song in particular. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks. So good. They have the show at the Ryman in Nashville every year, usually Sunday and Monday nights since it's … Continue reading Behold the Lamb
What if you could redirect half of your taxes to your kid's school? You can! We'll sort of. In Alabama there is something called the Alabama Accountability Act and it allows taxpayers with an Alabama Income Tax Liability to choose for themselves where their tax money goes! I know it sounds too good to be … Continue reading What if you could scholarship a kid to Lincoln for free?
Last year I posted about this in December. This year I am a few months earlier because I am going to beat the drums on this one until everyone hears me! Here's the simple truth of the matter: Alabama has a poor track record educating our kids. We have challenges on this front to be … Continue reading Redirect your Alabama taxes to local schools legally
To the Lincoln Community, Staff, Faculty, Donors, Volunteers, Parents and kids. It is again my great pleasure to write to the entire community in my capacity as the Chairman of the Lincoln Village Preservation Corporation Board of Directors. With this letter the Board is announcing what will surely be a bittersweet moment in our ministry. … Continue reading Time of Transition
This is Deadly, We're Sorry So they started by saying "This is deadly, we're sorry." Five years ago today, February 23rd 2011 is a day that forever changed my life, for the better. I will retell the story briefly, so I can guide others to survival and also have the opportunity to … Continue reading Ocular Melanoma, Five Years Out
The outdoors are very important to me. I grew up on a farm north of Huntsville that was about 650 acres mostly leased out to a local cotton farmer called Buddy Darwin. The parts that Buddy did not use for row crops was a strip of mountainside that was heavily wooded and filled with deer and … Continue reading The Land Trust & The Nature Conservancy
There is a new event coming up in Downtown Huntsville called a Map-a-Thon. It's a competition put on by Downtown Huntsville, Inc along with several friends and partners, including Solid Earth. Basically we are dividing the city into zones and recruiting teams to build models. Then, we'll score them on several criteria including accuracy and the … Continue reading Mapathon for Downtown Huntsville