• 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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  • Citizen staff wins 17 awards from Alabama Press Assoc.

    Citizen staff wins 17 awards from Alabama Press Assoc.

    Every year, The Citizen staff competes in the Alabama Press Association Media Awards (formerly known as the Better Newspaper Contest). The contest gives our staff a chance to put our work against similar newspapers across the state. This year, The Citizen won 17 awards.  Awards include: Second place for Best Lifestyle and Family pages, Second

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  • Marian Carcache: ‘Gardens, Not Lawns’

    Marian Carcache: ‘Gardens, Not Lawns’

    There would be no oil millionaires if their wealth depended on me. I easily spend more a month on water than I do on gasoline.  Maybe it’s because I am a homebody that I find so much pleasure in the sights I see along the way when I do go out in the car. For

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