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My South By Rick Watson more

Feb 24, 2017 7:44 PM Rick Watson

Life Actually By Kari Kampakis more

Feb 24, 2017 7:43 PM Kari Kampakis

I once asked a principal whom I met through my work with teenagers what advice he had for parents. After thinking a few seconds, he said this: Presume positive intent. more

Jan 27, 2017 4:59 PM Kari Kampakis

It’s easy to forget how sensitive animals can be. more

Jan 27, 2017 4:50 PM Rick Watson

I’ve never been a fan of pretense. Even as a little girl, if I sensed that a person was acting fake or a little hoity-toity for my taste, it made me want to run the other way. more

Dec 28, 2016 7:46 PM Kari Kampakis

Rick Watson is a columnist and author. His latest book, “Life Changes,” is available on Amazon.com. You can contact him at rick@homefolkmedia.com. more

Dec 28, 2016 7:43 PM Rick Watson

It was a simple task, really, and one that many families had successfully carried out before us. more

Nov 21, 2016 10:32 PM Kari Kampakis

Now the countdown can begin for Christmas at the Watson household. more

Nov 21, 2016 9:58 PM Rick Watson

The month of October is not for pluviophiles (people who love rainy days), because it’s one of the driest months in the South. But it’s probably the favorite month of the “philes” who love sunsets. more

Sep 29, 2016 3:36 PM Rick Watson

There are certain people in this world who soften me when I look at them. My daughter Marie Claire is one of them. more

Sep 29, 2016 3:34 PM Kari Kampakis

Quality and quantity are two concepts we face almost daily in our lives. We find ourselves making decisions based on one or the other. For some, quantity is key. But some prefer quality. The reasons we choose one or the other are many. more

Aug 30, 2016 3:06 PM Rick Watson

Recently I asked my 9-year-old daughter what she wants to be when she grows up. She eagerly replied, “I want to be awesome and make history!” more

Aug 30, 2016 3:05 PM Kari Kampakis

"We desperately need a new leader who is looking out for ALL of us while planning for our future responder needs, student needs, roadway needs, business needs, cultural needs and neighborhood needs." more

Aug 22, 2016 12:21 PM Columns

Gary Ivey 2016 campaign kickoff

Photo courtesy of Gary Ivey campaign

A Hoover resident and former Board of Education member responds to a letter about Mayor Gary Ivey. more

Aug 9, 2016 5:56 PM Columns

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Readers' opinion: Mayor Gary Ivey has failed to demonstrate transparent and collaborative leadership. more

Aug 5, 2016 3:17 PM Columns

It’s that time of year again, time to pull out the backpacks, get haircuts, set up alarm clocks, and make 20 trips to Target because school is about to start, and Mom is on a mission. more

Jul 26, 2016 7:18 PM Kari Kampakis

Like most people my age, I started doing chores early in life. Some tasks were more enjoyable than others. more

Jul 26, 2016 7:15 PM Rick Watson

Through my writing and my life as a mom, I often hear from mothers who share the struggles their kids face. One concern I hear is for those children who are shy or quiet more

Jun 21, 2016 7:24 PM Kari Kampakis

Snake’s surprise helps lesson sink in. more

Jun 21, 2016 7:20 PM Rick Watson

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Courtesy of Casey Morris

Swift Straw donated the pinestraw used to landscape around Chelsea High School. more

Jun 9, 2016 6:50 PM Columns

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