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Tears and Laughter: Nobody is okay all the time…and that is okay

Everybody puts up a good front don’t they? Or at least they try to. And that is probably what we are supposed to do for the most part. Just by human nature we tend to put our best selves forward....

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    October 1, 2019 

Tears and Laughter: Why I Sound Southern

I was recently a guest on a podcast and some of my readers – specifically my mother and daughters – listened to it. A couple of their friends who were trapped in the car with them at the time had...

 

Tears and Laughter: What is the value of free?

Free has become a popular term here as of late. It is a new trend and an old favorite. Not free as in freedom. Not free-minded, or free-spirited, or being a Freebird. I mean free – as in no cost. I...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    August 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Anxiety Has Become A National Obsession

In response to the fast-paced lives Americans tend to lead, countless books and articles have been written offering ways to simplify life and minimize stress. Typical lifestyle change suggestions...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    July 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Gardening and fishing may be the secrets to a life well-lived

They tell me the road was paved right before I moved here. Prior to then it was dirt. It is still not nice enough to call a farm-to-market road, but once upon a time there were cotton field along...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    June 1, 2019

Exceptions For Rape And Incest Need To Be Added To The New Abortion Law

I did not realize during the last election that we were electing legislators to try and overturn Roe vs. Wade. Just like most Alabamians and all Christians, I would say I am pro-life. Some people say...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    May 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Where The Little Boys Go

I had been handling things pretty well, until we went to the Piggly Wiggly last week. And I’m hardly alone. There are mothers everywhere feeling like I feel. It’s the road all parents walk. We...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    April 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Now is the time for a Alabama Lottery

Few of us knew before the new gas tax that the Alabama Legislature was capable of moving any bill through both houses and having it signed by the Governor in one week. Governor Ivey announced it on th...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    March 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Beware Of Chicken Fever As Spring Draws Near

Based entirely upon my casual observation, women seem to be more susceptible than men, and children ag it on, but for some reason many people who have never so much as grew a turnip patch suddenly get...

 

Tears and Laughter: The American Dream Is Achievable, But It Requires Sobriety And Both Hands

There seems to be a recurring subject in the headlines from various news outlets over the last few weeks concerning the American dream. Evidently it is out of reach, not available to everyone, and...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    January 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: We've Got To Get Sober About Suicide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last month announcing that for the third consecutive year the life expectancy of Americans is dropping. Another statistic that emerged...

 

Tears and Laughter: The ghost of dentistry's past...

I cracked-up in the middle of a root canal a few days ago. I didn’t just giggle. No. I went all out. I laughed until the dental assistant, the dentist, and an assistant in training who was just...

 

Tears and Laughter: Alabama is heartbroken for Florida after Hurricane Michael's destruction

As I write this, there are people in the southeast corner of the state who are still cleaning up downed trees and are without power. There are farmers in the wiregrass region who have suffered extensi...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    October 1, 2018

Tears and Laughter: County line signs, yellow butterflies, deer hunters, and lavender skies

The Wilcox County line sign is missing on Highway 41 in Hybart. I stopped once to take a picture of it. I guess that’s why I noticed its absence. I’m sure others have noticed too. It has been gone...

 

Tears and Laughter: We Build Houses Like We Will Be Here Forever

We build houses like we will be here forever, but it is all very temporary. “Fleeting,” I think is what the Bible says, “The twinkling of an eye.” We are given, on average – if we are lucky...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    August 1, 2018

Tears and Laughter: Never Assume You Have The Luxury Of Time

Travis came into my life in 1990, when he was two and I was 18. His mother was not involved at that stage in his life and my life had not prepared me for being a stepmother. But I changed my schedule...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    July 1, 2018

Tears and Laughter: Suspended Chief Probate Clerk, "I'm not taking the fall for a con."

One reason Wilcox County stays broke is because people steal. That is not in any way meant to take away from the gross mismanagement we’ve come to call normal, but theft happens too often and...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    June 1, 2018

Tears and Laughter: Remnants and reminders of rural summer memories.

It has been almost 40 years since I spent my last summer with Fannie. She would not believe the lives we live now. Even in the 70’s she lived somewhere far back in time. It was partly, I suppose, be...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    May 1, 2018

Tears and Laughter: What does pretty look like?

To all the boys who don’t feel smart on paper. I call them the lost boys, these young people who seem in one way or another to be left behind or forgotten by what we tend to consider as traditional...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    April 1, 2018

Tears and Laughter: What does pretty look like?

Facebook is fabulous at providing us with fun ways to waste time. The latest is a link that lets you submit a picture of yourself and it shows you what you would look like on the cover of a fashion...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    March 1, 2018

Kids Don't Have The Answers, and Shouldn't Be Asked

It took me a long time in life to learn evil is a real thing that actually exists. Some people are evil. Some people have evil tendencies or evil ways about themselves. It is difficult to accept evil...

 

Tears and Laughter: Stay well or stay home Alabama

There are two types of people in Alabama this week – those who have the flu, and the handful of running scared fearful ones who don’t. Bless their hearts. I was one of them until a few short days...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    January 1, 2018

Well, here we are…welcome everybody, to 2018

I hope everyone had a safe and pleasant holiday season. I certainly did. I’m not even sure exactly what day of the week it is at this point. It feels like there were three Sundays in last week....

 

Tears and Laughter: Twice as many Alabamians die each year from suicide as homicide

Very early in the morning on November 6, child in Etowah County notified Hokes Bluff police that a murder/suicide had taken place at her home. On November 1, in the middle of an ordinary day, a...

 

Tears and Laughter: Bunches of banana spiders hanging out in Alabama this year

Just to be clear, I am writing about the banana spiders found in the southeastern region of the United States. They live as far north as North Carolina and as far west as Texas. I am not referring to...

 

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