Day 22, Idea Machine Project: People Who Impacted My Life

Today's topic for Becoming an Idea Machine is to list 10 people who made an impact in my life and briefly explain why. I've intentionally excluded family members because that's too easy and too complex. I thought about excluding teachers, as well, but decided to include a couple of my early school teachers who helped to spark, inspire and nurture my innate curiosity. Backstory: I'm … [Read more...]

Sunday Sign: Roxy Theatre, Russellville, Alabama

This week's Sunday Sign celebrates the Roxy Theatre in Russellville, Alabama: The earliest movies I can remember seeing in a theatre are Georgy Girl and Bonnie & Clyde. My parents took me with them to see those movies when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Neither film is what you'd call a "kids flick." I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who can say they saw both of those films at a theatre as … [Read more...]

Mae Frances Nelson & Daily Bread Barbecue

When I was a teen, my grandmother introduced me to Mae Frances Nelson, a beautiful person and wonderful cook. Mrs. Nelson is known all around the South for her homemade caramel cakes and other delicious Southern foods she serves at Daily Bread Barbecue in Russellville, Alabama. I don't recall whether Miss Mae Frances had already opened Daily Bread Barbecue at that time in the late 1970s but my … [Read more...]