Gratitude is the sentiment at the heart of Thanksgiving. Recently, gratitude practice has been a major area of study in psychology. More than any other personality trait, gratitude is a predictor of good mental health and life satisfaction. For a list of research on gratitude, check out www.centerforhealthyminds.org.
Caroline Boxmeyer, Professor in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama, has found that gratitude practice is useful in her professional and personal life.
Getting to know the artists is one of the charms of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Well, that and sitting under the pine trees, listening to music, surrounded by beautiful art while enjoying great food. For the artists, it is not only a chance to meet with collectors and share their art, but also a time to enjoy spending time with old friends and basking in the special charisma of the annual art festival. This year's festival takes place this weekend, Oct. 21-22, at Kentuck Park in Northport.
“S-Town” has raised many questions in Tuscaloosa, but the one perhaps heard most often is, “What is a ‘podcast’ and why are people all over the world talking about Bibb County in one?”
CrossFit has a reputation for being a tough workout. And it is. But according to Jamie Cormier, co-owner of Tuscaloosa’s CrossFit Candor, it is workout that can be altered to benefit a wide range of needs.
She says it can work, even for kids with cerebral palsy. And autism. And spina bifida.
The proof is in the Power Hour, an idea that was developed when Vera Spinks and Candor developed a program for Kylie Spinks, Vera’s daughter with cerebral palsy.
Thanksgiving in the South is about enjoying time with friends and family in the comfort of home to celebrate all that is good in life.
For some people, that means popping off the top button off their pants and taking a nap as soon as possible after the big meal. For others, it is about enjoying a beautiful meal that is an Occasion (with a capital “O”) by breaking out the good china and silver.
Dr. Katy Drain has been a veterinarian in Tuscaloosa for 15 years. She graduated from the University of Alabama as an undergraduate and attended Auburn University for her doctorate of veterinary medicine. Dr. Drain works with all types of pets from cats and dogs (of course!) to pigs and goats, and even some exotics.
Halloween is a spooky time for pets. There are lots of unfamiliar people milling about in costumes, weird smells and doorbells galore.
While it may be fun for us (and super fun to put pets in costumes to take photos with pumpkins), it can be scary for them. Here are some of the ways to make Halloween a safe and pleasant holiday for your pet.
The Kentuck Festival of the Arts has brought artists, tourists and local families together in Northport on the third weekend in October for decades. This year, the Festival celebrates its 45th year. And one local group that has been involved with the Festival for many years is, once again, looking forward to being a part of the special event.
George Shelton, one of Tuscaloosa’s teachers of all things woodworking, has been involved with the Kentuck Arts Festival since its earliest days. And for the past decade or so, Shelton, and the Woodworkers Association of West Alabama, has offered a build your own birdhouse project.
Richard Rhone had retired from two careers, first as a school principal and second, facilitating welfare reform. He was spending time as a docent at a museum when a member of OLLI approached him.
“One of the curriculum people came through the museum and asked me to teach. I have been teaching and taking classes ever since.”