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Amazing Old Hinson Family Photo

Have taken a little time off this holiday season and have been scanning old family photos. Brother-in-law Bill Till found this particularly awesome photo of my grandmother, Sadie Hinson, in his ancestry research. Never seen it before. (She is the one with the guitar)

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Photo Album from Octagon

Pages 1-10 of an old photo album from Octagon, Alabama. Hinson Family photos.  

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My Father and Nash Cars

Found this photo the other day stuck in the back of a box of my old school photos (those probably won’t be scanned in–they weren’t really from my “cute” period). Thought it was an interesting shot…. (Clark Watts, my father, standing just to the right of the Nash logo–below him, my Aunt Marguerite Skinner).

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Waffles!

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Several years ago, Ann bought a waffle maker for me for Christmas. I love it! We had buttermilk waffles with fresh Chilton County peaches (thanks Madeline) in a maple syrup sauce. The waffle recipe comes from Cooks Illustrated–my favorite food magazine. The liquid is club soda; the buttermilk comes from buttermilk powder. The club soda […]

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Happy Father’s Day

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Now here was a man who knew how to enjoy children! Happy Father’s Day Papa. I miss you!  

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I Miss You Mama

In keeping with my yearly posting on this date (March 3), here’s a letter my mother sent me nearly 15 years ago. Here’s a link to my original posting 3 years ago. Here are a couple of videos of my Mama telling stories (she would give me a shake of the head for posting these, […]

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Happy Birthday Mama

Mama would have been 87 years old today. I miss her each and every day. The jonquils are blooming in my yard as are the hyacinths (dug from bulbs that bloomed in Octagon for years). I’m sure the blooms in Octagon are a sea of golden yellow! I find myself regularly turning to a box […]

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Recent Trip to Fairhope, Alabama

I have been working on a statewide birding project for the past couple of months and we happened to schedule a meeting at the Five Rivers Resource Center on February 18. Lucky for us, it turned out to be the nicest weekend in months! Ann and I went down Thursday and stayed until Sunday. The […]

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Steelhead Trout with Potato Crisps and Spinach

Dinner Saturday night: Potatoes sliced thin and crisped in the oven, panko breaded okra, cucumbers soaked in rice wine vinegar and spinach sauteed with garlic and shallots. And the steelhead trout, brushed with Alabama honey, soy sauce and ground peppers.

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The HBO Mini-Series “The Pacific”

I’ve been really excited about this since I first heard about it this fall. We loved “Band of Brothers” and can’t wait to watch “The Pacific” tonight! My dad was in WWII and in the Pacific theater. He didn’t talk about it much, but he did write letters home regularly–the last letters I think he […]

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