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 By Amanda Walker    Women    January 1, 2023 

Tears & Laughter: All resolutions begin in the heart

Thirty-two years ago, I lived in Montgomery. I was freshly enrolled as a full-time student at AUM, and a part-time waitress at Country’s Barbecue. I was 18. Barbara, who was 45 at the time, was...

 

Tears & Laughter: My official Christmas column!

Every year I claim to myself that I am going to write an official Christmas column. A column good enough to run every Christmas when the days just prior become so rushed and busy. Something classic...

 

Tears & Laughter: It's Carnival Season

I bought a purse last week I will probably never use. It is small. A simple zippered change pouch. I don’t need it, and it doesn’t particularly suit my taste. It is not my shade of pink....

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    October 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - Rx: Laugher – take as needed, endless refills, no expiration

Remember how legendary columnist Lewis Grizzard used to write about how he could hardly wait for Cathy Rigby to go through menopause so she wouldn’t be in commercials advertising feminine care...

 

Tears & Laughter: The IRS may hire 87,000 new agents, but do not worry

In Camden…poor little small Camden, we have limited restaurants of any kind. Fried chicken is widely available. There are more places to buy fried chicken than there are gas stations or red lights,...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    August 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter: All grown people need a place of their own

I heard a report last week suggesting one way to deal with inflation is to live with your parents. As a parent, I would suggest that this might not be a viable plan. And let me go ahead and make a...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    July 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - Guns for Hire and Wet Nurses Needed

I don’t encourage a whole lot of dabbling in soul searching, but consider questioning your relationship with whoever it was that encouraged you to vote for Joe Biden. I didn’t. A lot of us...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    June 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - Your Wallet, Your Voice, Your Vote

Nina Jankowicz, the executive director of the Disinformation Governance Board resigned Wednesday. She explained in her resignation letter that it was because the future of the board was uncertain....

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    May 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - American Heartbreak for Ukraine

It is difficult to watch Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t it? Since the beginning, citizens of the world have watched helplessly. As individuals, it can feel as if there is practically nothing...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    April 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - An Alabama Lottery Proposal Loses Value Every Year

The Alabama Legislature has once again introduced a lottery proposal that would give voters the opportunity to choose whether or not Alabama can have a lottery. It is one of the only states in the...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    March 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter: How to be Social Without the Social Media

The United States surgeon general has issued a report stating the negative effects social media platforms are having on mental health, especially in teens and young adults. The platforms generate...

 

Tears & Laughter: Waiting and Watching for Purple Martins

Even before daybreak, you can hear them singing their happy sounding songs from inside their swinging gourds. The purple martin song. It will soon be their season. They return every year from their...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    January 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter: Be Ashamed to Tell Others to be Ashamed

[Editor’s note: Introduction is from December 1, 2020] Before I launch into my topic this [month], I want to acknowledge what happened in Wilcox County yesterday. A long time, much-loved, retired...

 

Tears & Laughter: The First Day of the Season of Excess

I’m sure I heard it somewhere, but I can’t remember where. Or maybe I read it. I don’t know. But for a few years now, when I think about the day after Thanksgiving – or Black Friday as it is...

 

Tears & Laughter - Christmas is Not Trapped on a Ship Off the Coast of California

The White House cannot guarantee Christmas gifts will be available this year. It is warning that you many not get what you want. It has never occurred to me before to consider that the White House is...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    October 1, 2021

Tears & Laughter - For the Love of Autumn

This week’s cooler air has been refreshing after a long Alabama summer…a summer that is likely not through. These first dips in temps are just teases. We know this. We know Southern summers...

 

Tears & Laughter - We are woke, but are we awake?

It depends on how old you are, but most people in the United States can tell time by the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. There was before, and then there was after. Everybody remembers...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    August 1, 2021

Tears & Laughter - Life is a fleeting thing

There are voices in other rooms tonight. Soft voices. Young voices. Granddaughters’ voices. Their brother – the baby – is asleep in an adjoining room. We were all worried if he could sleep, or...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    July 1, 2021

Tears & Laughter - The Hydrangeas are Blooming

It is July. The hydrangeas are blooming. It has always struck me odd how it is that we can know something is coming up…we know it is on the way, and yet, we are still taken back a little by its...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    June 1, 2021

Tears & Laughter - The Good Times of an Alabama Summer

Summer means different things to different people. To some it probably means nothing more than long days and hot nights. Unless you are a fan of the two…which I happen to be. I’m not sure anymore...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    May 1, 2021

Tears & Laughter -Growing Tomatoes & Thumping Watermelons

By this time of the year, gardeners have already tilled their ground and formed their rows. They have sown seeds that by now sprouting and growing. The watching and waiting has begun. I like people...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    April 1, 2021

Tears & Laughter - What is the Significance of Alabama History in 2021?

Sometimes, when I am in Montgomery, I make it a point to go out and have lunch with Hank and Audrey. Usually, I take fried chicken. They don’t ever say too much, and neither do I really. Nobody...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    March 1, 2021

Tears & Laughter: The Beauty of Alabama Dirt

Alabama has delivered into the world many an eccentric personalities, one of those being the late Eugene Walter – an entertainer, writer, and chef who engaged in so many varied activities he was...

 

Tears & Laughter: We the People Get Along Just Fine

Now that he is in office, Joe Biden has the task of trying to unite the United States. He says it is his intention. He is committed to it. I think it is possible. I really do. I don’t know how much...

 

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