Bloody Sunday 2015

March 2015 Fifty years ago in March 1965, marchers sought to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in an effort to achieve the right to register to vote.  The first attempt is remembered as Bloody Sunday because the peaceful protest evolved in to law enforcement beating marchers with billy clubs and blood ran … Continue reading Bloody Sunday 2015

Selma

March 2015 My son and I had the privilege to experience the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama commemorating the fight for voting rights. The day began as we left our accommodations in nearby Prattville, Alabama, about an hour’s drive from Selma. My primary concern was parking, and by the grace … Continue reading Selma

Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.

Original Post Written June 2014 Think Travyon Martin.  Think Jordan Davis. Think Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station. Think Central Park Five. OK. Now rewind the clock 80 years. And envision life in the South. It is 1931 . Enter the Scottsboro Boys. In all of these cases young men were mercilessly falsely accused. Lives were … Continue reading Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.

Kayaking from Lake Guntersville Recreation Area

Kayaking from Lake Guntersville Recreation Area Unphiltered Kayaking offers an array of tours for all skill levels. As a first timer, Phil and Cindy were kind and patient. We put out from the Tennessee Valley Authority Lake Guntersville Recreation area. We were on the water about 2 hours. It was a delightful evening tour which … Continue reading Kayaking from Lake Guntersville Recreation Area

Leaflessness

One of my favorite movie quotes is from A Bugs Life (1998). The Ants were given a deadline. They were told their deadline occurs "When the Last Leaf Falls". I often think of that movie quote in the autumn of the year as leaves rapidly make their way to the ground.  I thought of that … Continue reading Leaflessness

The fields are white unto harvest

When I see cotton in the fields in the fall of the year my mind returns to Jesus Christ's quotation found in the Bible in the Gospel of John, Chapter 4:35 "The fields are white unto harvest" For me, this verse means that opportunity awaits. Opportunity to reap. Opportunity to gather. Opportunity to make a … Continue reading The fields are white unto harvest

Why you need to visit Hambrick Bat Cave

If you have heard the expression, "flying like a bat out of H---" you can witness that imagery near Lake Guntersville's Hambrick Bat Cave. While entrance to the cave is prohibited, you can get close enough to see the bats zooming out. Unphiltered Kayaking  offers a delightful kayak tour to the Hambrick Bat Cave. We put … Continue reading Why you need to visit Hambrick Bat Cave

Three Thoughts on Three Caves event venue

Three Thoughts on Three Caves event venue 1. ViewPoints Near the Three Caves event venue is the Three Caves Trailhead at Monte Sano Nature Preserve. Here you will find the Three Caves loop. You will be able to see the cavity of Three Caves from an aerial view. It is just as beautiful from the top … Continue reading Three Thoughts on Three Caves event venue

Five Fun Facts About Lake Guntersville Recreation Area

Five Facts About Lake Guntersville Recreation Area 1. Make a Getaway. I like to describe a place as "If you go you won't see anyone that you know". Such is Lake Guntersville Recreation Area. It is quiet. Unbothered. Serene. Peaceful. 2. Immerse in Greenspace. The lawns are lush. Plenty of room for kids to romp … Continue reading Five Fun Facts About Lake Guntersville Recreation Area

Waiting beside still water

Lessons learned from Water Fowl

Lessons learned from water fowl: I happened upon three species of waterfowl while visiting Big Spring Park in Huntsville, Alabama. Each species - Geese, Egret - Ducks - were waiting beside still water. Neither species immediately dived in at the moment I was there. I watched them carefully and it was as if their were … Continue reading Waiting beside still water