• Marian Carcache: Getting rutabagas right

    Marian Carcache: Getting rutabagas right

    Since we were children, my friend Joan and I have loved rutabagas. When Joan lived in other states and came home to visit, I’d sometimes cook a rutabaga to celebrate.  She even named her antique mall booth in Arkansas “Rutabagas.” Rutabaga is a member of the cabbage family.  Depending on where one might be, the

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  • Mark Clark: Top 15 high school football prospects in Alabama

    Mark Clark: Top 15 high school football prospects in Alabama

    The 2020 high school football season is getting closer each day – if it actually happens. There is still a chance the season could be canned by the state or the local administration. I hope it is not canned. I choose to believe the Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Savarese who says

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  • Marian Carcache: Prettiest meals ever were served on ‘Hazel’

    Marian Carcache: Prettiest meals ever were served on ‘Hazel’

    One of my fondest memories is eating “hoecake” cornbread and drinking buttermilk with my great-grandmother off the enamel top of the Hoosier cabinet in her kitchen in Jernigan. For years after her death, I looked for the name of the dishes I remember us eating from. I have no idea what happened to her china

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  • Mark Clark: More strange but true stories from baseball

    Mark Clark: More strange but true stories from baseball

    I had several requests to share more strange but true stories of baseball after last week’s column. I hope you enjoy this second collection of stories as you apparently did the first collection. Let’s get started: Joe Medwick was a star outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was nicknamed “Ducky” and “Ducky Wucky” because

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  • Marian Carcache: Be considerate

    Marian Carcache: Be considerate

    My writing group, The Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers, decided to resume meetings this month, but to do so while following social distancing guidelines by gathering outside on Mystic Katie’s porch and sitting six feet apart. I was the lone Mystic who didn’t attend the meeting. I have not socialized with friends in

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  • Mark Clark: Strange but true stories of baseball

    Mark Clark: Strange but true stories of baseball

    I love good baseball stories, especially those that can be seen as a bit strange but true. So, wanting to find something to read last week, I decided to scan a few Internet sites to see what stories I might could find that fall into that category. The first such story was sad, but true

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