Monthly Archives: March 2017

Back to Bama

Campus was beautiful, as the early spring azaleas blossomed.

On the way to Butler, Alabama a couple of weeks ago, I took a detour in Tuscaloosa to visit campus at the University of Alabama.

You may have heard of Bama, Crimson Tide, National Champions, and all that, but did you know that it is actually an institute of higher learning, founded in 1831?

View of campus from the steps of Doster Hall…my school of Human Environmental Sciences.

According to the University’s site, “In 1818, the federal government authorized Alabama Territory to set aside a township for the establishment of a ‘seminary of learning.'” In 1819, Alabama became a state, per President Monroe’s pen. The seminary was dubbed “The University of Alabama” in 1820.

Initially, there were 52 male students and only seven buildings. Almost all of the buildings were burned by Union troops. The Gorgas House was saved by a spunky little lady named Louisa Frances Garland, who was the university president’s wife.

UA was the first university in the state to over a degree in engineering in the late 1800s, and was one of 5 engineering universities in the nation. It is “…one of the few [engineering schools] to have maintained accreditation continuously since national accreditation began in 1936.

In 1893, the first female students joined the UA assemblage. A lot of the credit goes to Julia S. Tutwiler, who lobbied to let us in. Much thanks, Ms. Tutwiler!

1914-1915: The University band was formed, with its precision military-style marching. It later became known as the Million Dollar Band.Dad, Mom, and her sisters attend UA, but my parents didn’t meet until they both had teaching jobs.

Later, I matriculated to UA. Yeah!

My first home on campus, Harris Hall.

When I was there, UA had around 18,000 students. Enrollment is now over 35k, and UA is ranked in the top 50 of public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

We celebrate the 50th year of desegregation in 2013.

I first learned about Krispe Kreme Donuts when Mom had some conference at UA. She took my brother and I by there. Later, Krispy Kreme was the site of numerous Deadweek midnight donut runs when I attended UA.


Krispe Kreme got destroyed by a state-wide tornado in 2011, but they built it back near the original location, bigger and (well, they couldn’t make it any better).

Since the donuts are manufactured on-site, I don’t know of any better donuts on the face of this earth. I brought a box home to share with Lefty and Princess Buttercup who are died-in-the-wool Krispy Kreme lovers, as well.

Going back to UA is bittersweet. I miss it, but I don’t want to be 18 years old again!

Inside Krispy Kreme, the best donuts in the world!




“Hot Now” are the best! Yummmmm!!!



A Tribute to Mr. CQ & Mrs. Jo

When you go, do you think anyone will remember you? If so, how do you want to be remembered? Sometimes, it’s not until someone dies that you think about what a Wonderful Life that person had. At least, that’s how it seems to me. Weekend before last, I attended “Mrs. Jo’s” funeral. I think she’d… Continue Reading

Back to Jachin

  I grew up in a little community in rural south Alabama. This past weekend, I went back through what initially was called Williams Crossroads, Alabama and then later changed Jachin, named after one of the pillars of King Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:15). My Papa built a general store at the crossroads and sold… Continue Reading

Stories to come…Lot’s of Stories!

Dear Readers, What a busy week last week! It was crazy. I went down to south Alabama this past weekend and literally took hundreds of photos. I brought back tons of stories to share with you all and look forward to writing about them. I will try to post later today as soon as I… Continue Reading

What have you done?

  One of my buds posted this on Facebook, so I decided that it would be fun to blog post it. Of course, I added a few fun things and took away some others. Be sure to copy and paste your list in the Comments section. Even if you only list one or two, I… Continue Reading

Congratulations to the Twins!

Congratulations to the winner of the photography contest! These two adorable twins won, followed by the Sis to Lil’ Miss, followed by the Boy with his hound dog. Thanks again, Cristen, for sharing your beautiful photo art! Continue Reading

Nothin’ but a Hound Dog…

Did anyone notice that the dog in the photo is not a Beagle? I didn’t until Cristen told me. And then, I was like Rick Perry in 2012:  Oops. I told Lefty about it, and he said, “Well, you know…Snoopy is a Beagle.” “That’s exactly who I was thinking of when Cristen told me,” I… Continue Reading

Favorite Photo Contest!

Vote on your favorite photo and the family whose photo gets the most comment votes (tallied Friday at 5 p.m. CST) will win a prize! We all seemed to have so much fun looking at Cristen Smith’s photos that Cristen and I decided to run a contest for the favorite photo! We will include previous comments, so you… Continue Reading