Mountain Melodies: The Music Never Stops

Mountain Melodies: The Music Never Stops

From teacher to Buddhist monk, Larry Joe Hall’s musical repertoire proves to be as diverse as his personal journey. By ANITA STIEFEL The residents of Mentone, Ala., are known as an eclectic collection of folks from all walks of life – business owners, farmers, artists and artisans, chefs, poets, musicians – and even a Buddhist monk.
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Inn for the Night: Spiritual Oasis

Inn for the Night: Spiritual Oasis

The Lodge at Gorham’s Bluff blends elegance with nature’s beauty and a powerful sense of community. By MEREDITH CUMMINGS Few communities are so amiable they seem like a living, breathing being – complete with a personality. From the moment I step foot into the hamlet’s signature and picturesque six-suite inn – simply named the Lodge – my three-page-and-counting,
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History Book: Legend of Tarzan White

History Book: Legend of Tarzan White

Tiny Jamestown’s most famous resident was a star football player, champion wrestler, scholar and colorful mailman. By LARUE HARDINGER It takes a special man to shoulder both a christened name honoring a World War I hero and a nickname depicting an iconic adventurer of the wild. But Arthur Pershing “Tarzan” White’s real-world accomplishments, coupled with a
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Folklore: Carrying Albert Home

Folklore: Carrying Albert Home

The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator By HOMER HICKAM (the younger) Editor’s note: This is an excerpt (the introduction) from author Hickam’s latest novel. Billed as “Big Fish” meets “The Notebook,” this classic love triangle is a hilarious, sweet and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special
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Feature: Grape Expectations

Feature: Grape Expectations

Maraella founders overcome personal obstacles and defy naysayers to become Alabama’s first winery to produce a cabernet sauvignon. Story and photos by MEREDITH CUMMINGS When Jim Lee was growing up near Hokes Bluff, Ala ., his mother, Jennie Lou, would make fruitcakes that were legendary in these parts. To keep those fruitcakes moist, she soaked them in wine made
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Artist’s Spotlight: Bridging the Past

Artist’s Spotlight: Bridging the Past

Tammy Beane reproduces early Native American pottery for museums using a mix of prehistoric techniques and her own self-taught skills. Story and photos by STEVEN STIEFEL How many people can say that their job is keeping 4,000-year-old traditions alive? Tammy Beane does just that, creating reproductions of prehistoric and early historic pottery from the southern United States for museums and
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