Iron Bowl 2017, Roll Tide Roll!

Today is Iron Bowl 2017–Get ready to Roll Tide Roll!

Hound's tooth hat

Alabama icon–a Bear Bryant hound’s tooth hat.

Lee Corso picks Alabama

Lefty and I love ESPN Gameday for the most part. We typically don’t like their guest prognosticators, but last week they had Craig T. Nelson, which was pretty cool.

Almost all the ESPN Gameday guys picked Alabama to win…but Lee Corso is the one who counts the most!  Unfortunately, I forgot while running around town trying to find the type of Christmas ornament holders that I like.  Didn’t find them. Fortunately, Lefty recorded it for me!

I say “Roll,” You say “Tide!” Roll Tide, Roll Tide!

But folks are all ready for The Game in their orange and blue or crimson (not red and white, thank you very much) and white.

You go past any random stranger in a crimson shirt and greet them cordially, “Roll Tide.”

In return, they say back in complete agreement, “Roll Tide.”



“Roll Tide” is to say: Alabama is going to beat Auburn, right?

The other person reciprocates, “Roll Tide!”  This means:  Absolutely!!!


Roll Tide t-shirt

Alabama vs. Auburn Rivalry

As always, the University of Alabama vs. Auburn University rivalry will be one of the most unforgettable game of the year.  Yes, the Crimson Tide is #1 in the NCAA.  But you just never can bet on the Iron Bowl–the name of the ageless rivalry.

Roll Tide?

Roll Tide!

Bama sweatshirt

Okay, marketing people at Walmart…The school colors are Crimson and White…Not black and red. :-p


The Reboot — How to get Up and Going after an Illness


My rainbow reboot!

I contracted my first poison ivy rash near the beginning of June. Miserable, I went to the doctor and got a shot that eventually cleared it up but somehow caught a tummy bug the next week. By the time I was feeling better, I found another horrific rash on my legs that itched and hurt like poison ivy but it was much, much worse. I experienced extreme swelling and fever at the site. My doc again told me that it was some type of contact dermatitis. After the pain and itching went away, my tonsils started swelling and my throat became inflamed with tonsilitis. By that time, I felt like a truck had hit me. When I was a little better, I went outside just to pick a couple of tomatoes from my garden. And, you got it…I got that same horrible rash on my hands this time and had to have a shot and antibiotics.



The culprit: Virginia Creeper!


As you can guess, I was beginning to feel “learned helplessness” like Seligman’s dogs in his classical conditioning experiment.


Point is, I had become very discouraged. The house needed cleaning, my family had been eating out a lot during my infirmary, and I was deplete of positive energy.

I needed a complete reboot!

Just shut the whole system down, and start over.


Here are some things I learned about rebooting after a major setback:

1. Be patient. Regaining energy takes time. Be sure to give your mind and body time to rest so that it can heal. You definitely don’t want a relapse!

2. Be patient. It takes time to get back into the swing of things–the housework, grocery shopping, prepping meals. Patience helps to keep you from being overwhelmed by it all.

3. Be patient. Ease back into an exercise routine. I found that tai chi was a good way to do this because I can do it inside, and the stretches and movements are slow and easy.

4. Be thankful. In my case, I’ve been thankful that I don’t have a long-term illness and am usually very healthy.

5. Go! I began to feel alive again after getting out, being around people again, and being creative.

The reboot isn’t fast, but I’m thankful that it’s happening.

I’ve just got to avoid the Virginia Creeper.

“Jesus said, ‘Rise, take up your bed, and walk John 5:8.’”


This beautiful field of flowers makes me happy.



Happy Thanksgiving 2016


Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers!

I hope you plan on feasting like crazy and can build wonderful memories with your family and friends!

I took these fall photos from downtown Huntsville this afternoon. The store is the old Harrison Brothers store that now is a unique boutique where you can buy stuff from local artisans.

Be Blessed,



Do you recognize these leaves from the “Happy Thanksgiving!” text I wrote above?


“No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.”






Piper & Leaf at Harrison Brothers! Woohoo!


Alabama vs. Auburn game on Saturday!!!!!!!!


I want these chippy chairs!



Downtown lofts.





Alabama Football Insanity

My Auburn friend Van and I show our team spirit.  See, we canall be friends.

My Auburn friend, Van, and I show our team spirit. See, we can all be friends.

Everything that you’ve ever heard about fanaticism over college football in the state of Alabama is true. It can get kind of crazy.

Mom and Dad both graduated from the University of Alabama, and Ben and I used to be able hear them screaming for the Tide during the games…and we’d be clear across the pasture.

I’m the same way. I love myself some Alabama football. Oddly enough, my parents never took me to a game when I was a child. It was probably too expensive.

No, the first time that I stepped foot on Legion Field or Bryant-Denny Stadium was when I marched in there. I was in the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band. (Love to write the whole thing out…it’s just so sounds so grand.)

Over the years, though, I have a different perspective. When I think of the University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide, I mostly think of memories. It’s not just about football, you see. I think of the Quad (quadrangle), Denny Chimes sounding across the campus on a frosty morning, the Dogwoods in the spring.

I wonder if most people know that it is an institution of higher learning. That there are lovely buildings with Greek-revival columns. That we have an amazing school of communications, business, education, and so forth.

Sometimes the whole silly rivalry thing gets me frustrated. There have been times that I’ve mentioned my school, and someone has said, “There’s just one thing that I don’t like about Bama…” And then they’ll go on to say something like we’re just a bunch of rednecks or that someone keyed their car at a Bama game or something.


One time, my dad was in another state, wearing an Alabama cap. Some random guy said to him, “Alabama (meaning the football team) hasn’t got nuthin’ this year.” At least Dad calmly said, “We’ll see.”

Some of the nicest people just seem to forget the Golden Rule, when it comes to college football.

People. It’s just a game.

But, what's this?  Oh, no!

But, what’s this? Oh, no!

Speaking on the other hand, a loony Alabama fan went over to our biggest rival’s (Auburn University) campus one night. And do you know what he did? The man went to Toomer’s Corner, and guys…he poured poison over their old oak trees that Auburn rolls with toilet paper after big wins.

As a big tree-hugger, I (and most other law-abiding Alabamians) was appalled. Rolling Toomer’s Corner was a lovely and fun tradition that has been going on forever.

Owww!  A vicious fight breaks out at Starbucks!  With two respectable mommies.  Oh, the shame!

Owww! A vicious fight breaks out at Starbucks! With two respectable mommies. Oh, the shame!

I really do like Auburn, even though we are big rivals. If someone offers Princess Buttercup a scholarship there one day, I’ll be like, “War Eagle, baby!” Not to mention, my brother Ben and his wife graduated from there. It’s a beautiful campus, and it has its own uniqueness about it.

But back to the state of AL and its love of football. Rivalries are fun, but the insanity is not unique to the south.

Brazil vs. Argentina and Liverpool vs. Manchester United – England (soccer), Australia vs. New Zealand (rugby), Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, the Tour de France, Wimbledon… comes to mind.

So whoever you root for this week end, let’s just be nice.

And Roll Tide!
[Click to hear our fight song.]

War Eagle!

Go Vols!

Geaux Tigers!

Go Buckeyes!

Boomer Sooner!

Woooooo Pig, Sooie!

Go Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler!