What Ricky’s Reading

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell You can tell when a stranger is deceiving you, right? We see people do it all the time on television. Liars show some of those classic signs – eyes darting, a little twitch, or maybe a bead of sweat on the brow. If we […]

Recipe Corner

Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-up 1 pound ground chuck4 slices bacon, chopped1 small onion, chopped8 oz. block sharp cheddar cheese,shredded1 package refrigerated pizza crust Cook ground chuck, bacon, and onions in a large skillet then drain. Press pizza dough into a 15×8 rectangle on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray; spread evenly with the meat mixture and sprinkle the shredded cheese […]


As we have shuffled and cleaned in the office since Molly and Rob passed, we have found what may seem insignificant bits of paper to the average Joe. To those of us who knew, worked with, and loved them, they are treasures. I keep a slip of paper in my desk, probably written by Jane Hill, with a great joke. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 1, 1976

Coming: photos on driver licenses “The new Alabama driver license law, passed Sept. 23, is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 1977,” says Col. E.C. Dothard, Department of Public Safety director. “There are some striking changes which will affect each individual holding a driver license issued by the state of Alabama. The most noticeable of these changes will be, […]

Roger’s Ramblings

She had me at Dickens

She had me at Dickens. You need a bit of backstory to understand that. During some of my wife’s travels earlier this year, she discovered a Dickens festival in some far away world called California. Being a wonderful wife, and knowing my deep affinity for anything related to Charles Dickens, Mrs. Thorne started formulating a plan to get us to […]

Recipe Corner

Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Mushrooms 4 boneless skinless chicken breastspounded to even thickness3 Tbsp. oilSalt and pepper, to taste½ tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. Italian seasoning2/3 cup thinly sliced mushrooms3 Tbsp. butter2 tsp. minced garlic2 Tbsp. flour1 cup chicken broth1 cup heavy cream2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plusadditional for topping In a bowl combine chicken, oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 25, 1941

Santa Claus Letters Dear Old Santa Claus: I am a little girl and I am very, very glad it’s nearly time for you to visit us again. I want you to bring me a big doll that will say Mama. I want a little broom and some dishes; also a tricycle. Bring lots of presents for all the other little […]

Out and About

Talking about the next generation

Many of you know about, and some of you attended, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) public meeting in Blountsville in November. ADEM allowed the public to present their concern or support for Tyson Foods’ wastewater discharge into the Locust Fork River permit renewal. No doubt Tyson will do what is spelled out in the permit, but the concerned […]

Recipe Corner

Cheese Straws 1 jar Old English sharp cheese1 stick butter, softened1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour¼ tsp.cayenne pepper Cream cheese with margarine. Add flour and pepper. Transfer to a cookie press and press out into flat straws. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not brown. My mom always made these for holiday parties when I was growing […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 18, 1975

Casual Comments Without rhyme or reason: I would be helpless in the kitchen if I didn’t have a husband. I can’t open these modern packaged foods — and sometimes he almost fails. I hate housekeeping! My mother used to get amused at me. The house would be a mess; I was expecting guests for dinner, and the first thing I […]

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