Racisim and Alcoholism

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

What if you could scholarship a kid to Lincoln for free?

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?

Redirect your Alabama taxes to local schools legally

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

Power Tip: Redirect 1/2 of your State Income Tax to Lincoln Village

End of Year Appeal, with a Twist Over the weekend, you are likely to have gotten an appeal from a charity, perhaps one you've supported in the past. But, Lincoln is different from other things you support. Lincoln is completely Local. It affects families you probably encounter at some point living in Huntsville. Families with whom … Continue reading Power Tip: Redirect 1/2 of your State Income Tax to Lincoln Village

Lincoln Academy Taking Applications

Who We Are Lincoln Academy is a church school which seeks to provide a high quality Christ-centered education to K-8 students who are zoned to public Title I schools. With the efforts of a devoted administration, faculty and staff, all students receive standards based, data driven instruction in a supportive environment to achieve their maximum … Continue reading Lincoln Academy Taking Applications

EOY Giving Thoughts…

So we're coming in on the end of another year. If you are thinking of making a bit more of an impact this year, consider an end of the year gift to one of these  movements in Huntsville, they are all amazing. Want to add one?  Just post it here. Village Marketplace, Inc. - A … Continue reading EOY Giving Thoughts…

The Land Trust & The Nature Conservancy

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

End of the Year Giving Ideas…

So we're coming in on the end of another year. If you are thinking of making a little bit more of an impact this year, consider an end of the year gift to one of these social movements in Huntsville, they are all amazing. Want to add one, just post it here. Village Marketplace, Inc. … Continue reading End of the Year Giving Ideas…

Marion Wright Edelman, or how to Fix Your Own Truck

So I have lots of conservative friends.  Dyed in the wool Republicans who hunt and fish and love America and barbecue and Bear Bryant as much as they love their mamas.  The idea of accepting a handout to them is about as foreign as sushi.  They are self-sufficient to a fault.  They will fix their … Continue reading Marion Wright Edelman, or how to Fix Your Own Truck

Teach a Kid to Learn

So I am kind of overcommitted in my personal life.  I am a little obsessed with people.  People in general.  I like people.  People are some of my favorite...  oh you get the idea.  So because I love people so much, I find it very distressing that some people don't think they have a chance … Continue reading Teach a Kid to Learn

Guest Post: Alberto Aguilar

Many things had happen this semester so far. I’m enjoying college every day more and more, but I am no only busy with school, Im also working in church and other extracurricular things. Right now I’m taking many cool subjects in college like data bases and mobile application development, I am working on both iOS … Continue reading Guest Post: Alberto Aguilar

Southern Women, or why kids behave at Cracker Barrel

Read an article this morning on Garden & Gun and had to re-post here... "I was raised to understand that taking care of children was as natural and inevitable as sneezing, that when we were infants, somebody looked after us, and thus we should clutch hands and complete the circle without any fuss. I was … Continue reading Southern Women, or why kids behave at Cracker Barrel

The Village Marketplace and the Power of Trust

Earlier this year I heard from my friend Susan Ross at Lincoln Village about an idea she had for a Thrift Store. It was really more than a thrift store, it was more like a community center/ thrift store / arts and crafts center / coffee shop. I loved Susan's vision but ultimately our effort … Continue reading The Village Marketplace and the Power of Trust

Lincoln Academy Tutoring Schedule

Passing along a message from our friend Susan Ross at Lincoln Village Ministry.  Lincoln Academy, the new school in Lincoln Village, is starting their new school year TODAY -- Praise the Lord!  The building is ready thanks to 100's of volunteers and the teachers are excited!  Lincoln Academy has 60 students this year and we would like … Continue reading Lincoln Academy Tutoring Schedule