Tag Archives: Tuscaloosa

First and Long

19 Jan

Wow – I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last post!

Fall here in Alabama is cray cray busy. I live and work in college town so there’s an increase in traffic and stuff going on as the college kids come back in town.

If you don’t know, college football is BIG down here. Huge.

And if you haven’t heard, my University of Alabama Crimson Tide won the BCS National Championship! Roll Tide!

While I do enjoy a football game, I enjoy more the tailgating – mostly the food, drink and fellowship that accompany tailgating. There was a lot of that this fall. I’m bummed with myself because I didn’t take notes and photos of some of the dishes and drinks made. Lesson learned.

I do have a few recipes (with photos!) I’ll be sharing in the next few days (I hope). Stay tuned.

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Spirit of Tuscaloosa: spreading light and hope

2 Jun

My candle

Last night I volunteered for the Spirit of Tuscaloosa Candlelight Vigil in the new Government Plaza downtown. I handed out candles and houndstooth bracelets, then when the time came, lit my candle and helped spread the flame.

It was a beautiful evening. It felt comfortable even with these record-high temps. The vigil was moving.  The mayor, who has done a wonderful job leading and representing this awesome city, received a standing ovation. Most of the crowd had tears in their eyes. But with all the sadness and mourning, there was also hope and optimism. People cheered when, during the slideshow, pictures with signs that read “We’re Coming Back” appeared.

The Tuscaloosa News did a wonderful package on it, complete with a full story, video and photo gallery.

From the story:
“Soon, the dark plaza was engulfed in light, echoing the way people in Tuscaloosa have passed along supplies, hard work and love to those who have needed it in the month since an EF4 tornado changed Tuscaloosa forever.”

I am so proud of this city. Growing up in a military family, I moved around quite a bit when I was younger. I’ve lived in Tuscaloosa longer than I’ve ever lived in any one city, but it never really felt like home. That changed on April 27. Tuscaloosa is home.