Sep 18, 2018

Carolina's Flooding Silver Lining: Alabama Poultry

USA Today reports:

At least 1.7 million chickens have died in flooding from Hurricane Florence, according to a major poultry producer.
The chickens died at 60 farm buildings located at independent farms in North Carolina, Sanderson Farms announced Monday. The number of chickens killed by flooding might continue to rise, the company says.
Approximately six million more chickens were isolated by flood waters at 30 farms, the company said. If feed trucks remain unable to reach the affected farms, more chickens could die as a result of the flooding.

     Alabama is one of the top poultry producers in the country. The shortage caused by Florence in The Carolina's should increase the value of the broilers raised in Alabama.



Some wonderful photography in an exhibit of Doy Gorton's work in the 60's and 70's in the NY Times today, the first time some of them have been shown. There are a number of Alabama photos included:

Sep 17, 2018

Recommended Reading

     An Alabama writer in the NY Times complains about Yankee attitudes towards The South...

"During the Q. and A., I took my turn at the microphone to make this point. “Sir,” I said, “I’m from Alabama.” Instantly that giant audience of Pennsylvanians broke into laughter."

     But at the same time, her column about 

"A group of forward-thinking, upstart journals and websites are exploding the stereotypes so many attach to this place and its people" 

     .....seems to leave out any such publications or websites in her own home state.

Sep 16, 2018

Forget Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week. Go straight for the Big Day!

Spotted at a dollar store in Ballinger Creek, Maryland on September 16, 2018.  This photo has not been altered or edited or photo-shopped. 
     Courtesy  our exclusive Maryland correspondent, Jay Croft.

(And I thought they were pushing it locally to put Christmas stuff out any day now!) 
UPDATE: saw it at WalMart today 9-17-18:


Sep 15, 2018

Fill in the blanks...

 From CNN:
"Washington (CNN)You'll soon be getting a message on your phone from the President of the United States -- whether you are a supporter or not.
It's not a political message, but an emergency test message sent from President Donald Trump as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's system to warn the public in cases of emergency, such as dangerous weather, and missing children.
A majority of cell phone users will receive an alert on Thursday, September 20, with the header "Presidential Alert" and the message, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
This is the first time FEMA has tested its Wireless Emergency Alert system on the presidential level in hopes to work out the kinks, the agency said in a press release this week.
You can expect to see the alert pop up on your phone at 2:18 p.m. ET so long as you have your phone turned on, are within range of a cell tower, and if your wireless provider is part of the WEA system."

Will the president be tempted to use it like some kind of uber-twitter machine? And if so, what message would he send?
This is a presidential alert:........

Sep 13, 2018

At The Exhibit

The rain didn't keep people away from the 52nd Regions Bank Art Exhibit opening reception tonight. I met lots of nice folks and saw a great diverse display of art in several categories.

Two of my pieces...Hank, top left and Freedom?Bus top right,
My third photo in the show---electric flowers: 

Center Top, Electric Flowers

 Of my three entries, Hank received the most comment. Said one visitor--"Who would have thought to take a photo in the fog from the rear of the Hank Williams statue?". I'm glad I did.

 The Regions Bank show is open through October 3rd on the second floor of the main Regions Branch in Downtown Montgomery at 201 Monroe Street. Stop on by!