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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Visit Alabama Splash Adventure Before Summer is Over!
Aug20

Visit Alabama Splash Adventure Before Summer is Over!

If you haven’t made time to visit Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer yet this summer, there’s still time! The park is located close to both Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and is fun for the entire family. There are thrill rides for the older kids (and adults who love to still act like kids) and places where the smaller children can enjoy their time as well. You still have a couple more weekends to take advantage of the park...

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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: Heavenly Hash
Aug16

Lessons from Life: Heavenly Hash

A couple of weeks ago, Murph and I were driving home when the news announcer said, “The founder of The Sex and Candy Kitchen stores passed away today at age 102.” “What did he say? “ I asked my husband. “Something about Sex and candy stores, never heard of those before. Have you?” The news continued and we soon figured out that what he actually said was the founder of the Saxon Candy Kitchen Stores had passed away. Boy, did we have a...

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Sidewalk Film Festival Starts Next Week!
Aug15

Sidewalk Film Festival Starts Next Week!

The annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, presented by Regions, is taking place next week from August 22nd-August 27th. This is the 19th time Birmingham residents will be lucky enough to participate in this unique festival. According to their website, “filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic...

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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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