September Almanac
Aug29

September Almanac

September begins with Labor Day on the first Monday of the month. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 to honor the nation’s workers. The first day of astronomical autumn is on Sept. 22. This is called the equinox because day and night are almost equal in length throughout the world. On this day the sun will rise exactly in the east and set exactly in the west. The average high temperature in Birmingham for September is 85...

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Lessons from Life: Silent Night
Aug19

Lessons from Life: Silent Night

It began as a warm, bright, starry night. But clouds were forming over the mountains and the smell of rain was present in the wind that was bullying the treetops. Soon a quiet drizzle began tip-tapping on the roof, and pit-patting on the lake. Within an hour, the rain began drumming down with force, gurgling noisily down the gutters, slapping against the windows, and hammering the lake. Lightning lit up the night sky making it...

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Still Learning from the Sky
Aug18

Still Learning from the Sky

I posted my first “Chasing the Sun” on November 17th, 2015. That was nearly two years ago. This is my 45th post for the Leaf where I get to write reflections about life, whether they be good or bad. I can’t say how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to write for a paper and site that cares so deeply about the people of the state of Alabama. the Leaf has been and will continue to be something I cherish deeply. So far, this post...

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The Ins and Outs of a Watershed
Aug17

The Ins and Outs of a Watershed

The Ins and Outs of a Watershed A basin is a large area of land drained by a river and all its tributaries. Basins are made up of watersheds.  A watershed  is a land area whose elevation causes water to flow to a common waterway.  Here in Jefferson County, we have two main drainage basins:  the Black Warrior River Basin and the Cahaba River Basin which are formed by the Red Mountain Divide, a southern extension of the Appalachian...

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Lessons from Life: Blowing in the Dirt
Aug14

Lessons from Life: Blowing in the Dirt

It was a hot summer day in the park. There she sat in a soft pile of freshly tilled soil. Even the dirt that covered her face and little blue sun suit could not hide her natural charm.   Her dark curly hair poked out from her pink bonnet, her button nose was smudged with dust and little golden lights danced in her brown eyes, which were surrounded by sooty black lashes. She was absorbed in her task, picking up handfuls of the soft...

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Lessons from Life: The Happy Yard
Aug12

Lessons from Life: The Happy Yard

There she was – her short little legs straight out in front of her as the swing rose and fell. When not swinging, those little legs were busy riding her trike, pushing her baby buggy, pulling her kitten in the wagon up and down the dirt paths that she had carved out in the yard, squatting in the sand box, or splashing in the pool. She made me think of a rare, exotic bird, full of life, hopping from limb to limb. She was a cheery...

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Journey of Hope
Aug09

Journey of Hope

The last six weeks have been six of the best weeks of my life, yes, they were very stressful but I had the opportunity to get to know the birth mother of my little boy. Over these weeks we were able to form an incredible bond that is totally unexplainable. To begin with we were both comfortable with pictures, emails, and letters for updates every so often but that is all we really discussed. Well, that was not what God had in store...

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Lessons from Life: Aimless
Aug09

Lessons from Life: Aimless

Something magical happens when you feel the warm, sugar white sand between you toes, the screeching of seagulls assaults your ears, the smell of coconut oil floods your nostrils, your lips tingle with the sting of salt, your eyes scan the sparkling emerald water – ah, the beach – the beautiful, peaceful beach. All of your senses are alive as you wade through the gently lapping waves; the gentle breeze caresses your skin and...

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