• Marian Carcache: The place our narrative began

    Marian Carcache: The place our narrative began

    While once again arranging important things I’ve saved for a lifetime  – an ongoing process – I came across a record this week that means a lot to me. It’s a 7-inch, 45-rpm vinyl, and the artist is my lifelong friend, George McLendon. We grew up together in southern end of rural Russell County. George

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  • Marian Carcache: Scary movie houses are the best

    Marian Carcache: Scary movie houses are the best

    October is scary movie month at my house.  We start in September making the list of movies for the coming Halloween season. My favorite horror movies are the “atmospheric” ones that usually involve a beautiful old—often haunted— house. Looking back on my childhood, I realize that old houses played an important part. My Blackstock ancestors

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  • Marian Carcache: Etched in my heart

    Marian Carcache: Etched in my heart

    In the mid-fifties, there were still a few young families in Jernigan. The old Cottonton schoolhouse lunchroom was the setting for birthday and Halloween parties for children, as well as for first-aid classes and other courses for adults. I can still hear children’s feet pounding up and down the hall of the old school building.

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  • Jamey Anderson: Comparing the ‘good old days’ to today

    Jamey Anderson: Comparing the ‘good old days’ to today

    Using our extraordinary powers of observation, humans have yet to find anything in the universe that remains static.  Everything changes.  Every single thing.  So far as we know, there isn’t a single entity, organic or nonorganic, that does not become altered over time.  Earth, the planet that humans call home, is constantly changing.  The Sun,

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  • Marian Carcache: Lane cake is a point of pride in Alabama

    Marian Carcache: Lane cake is a point of pride in Alabama

    My aunt posted a recipe for Lane Cake on Facebook this week, reviving memories from my childhood. My grandmother used to make Lane cakes, but I wasn’t a fan of cake when I was a child, so I don’t think I ever ate a slice. I certainly have never baked a Lane Cake, and after

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  • Anderson joins Citizen team as intern

    Anderson joins Citizen team as intern

    How old is the typical college graduate in the country today? I tried to Google the answer, but there isn’t really a metric that calculates one for me. It only says that most college students are over the age of 26. That’s good, I guess, because I happen to be 42 years old.  Pretty soon

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