Chip is a little guy with a huge "purrsonality" – and he’s the Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet of the Week.

Sometimes you’ve got to leave home to realize how great “home” really is. Chad and I just returned from Spain, where we went for our anniversary trip. Sixteen years ago, we fell in love on our first overseas trip to Italy. Every year, we go places to remind ourselves of the world that’s beyond the one we call home. 

Now that the endless summer is finally over (hope I didn’t jinx anything), it’s time for some great, hearty family fare. That doesn’t always mean you need meat, either. Both recipes this month are (pretty much) meatless, though you can certainly add protein of your choice to either. And best of all? You can whip both dishes up quickly.  

Have a wonderful November, and Bon appétit! 

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 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.

Making change in your life always involves risks. Change is uncomfortable, and when the discomfort becomes too much, we tend to let our minds focus on what we are giving up, rather than what we had wanted to achieve when we started. Doing something new can be intimidating because we may not know how it will turn out. Often, we choose to remain in a painful situation because, at least there, we feel as if we know what the threats are and how to handle them. We can even convince ourselves that we have more control over our circumstances than we really do as a way to make us comfortable staying where we are. 

In 2010, the National League of Cities published a list of the 20 most common street names in the United States. Tuscaloosa has streets with all these names or some slight variation. The three most common names in order are numerical designations—Second, Third, and First. Other popular names are those of trees—Oak, Pine, Elm, etc.  Also included are mundane monikers such as Main, Hill, Lake, and View. Washington is the only person’s name making the list.

In the first decade of the 20th century, most downtown Tuscaloosa street names were changed to numbers, plus those aligned north and south were designated as “avenues.” Earlier, many of these streets were named for Presidents (Madison, Monroe, etc.), trees (Walnut, Chestnut, etc.) or destinations (Huntsville and Greensboro Roads).

Like other cities, Tuscaloosa has street names that are anecdotal or relate to local history. The following paragraphs describe a few of these. 

How do you get your baby to go to sleep and sleep through the night?

She may accomplish that milestone on her own, soon. Or she may need a little help from you to learn how to put herself to sleep. All humans have sleep cycles that take us into slightly wakened states during the night, and we all need to learn the skill of falling back into a deep sleep.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun!

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will be the setting for the District 3 Poetry Out Loud regional finals for West-Central Alabama students on Nov. 19. The competition begins at 9 a.m. at the DWCAC in Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public.

This happy dog is Cheyenne, a 1-2-year-old female Labrador Retriever mix. She’s the Humane Society of West Alabama’s pet of the week.

Mind Changers, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority, the University of Alabama’s Capstone Association of Black Journalists, and Stillman College’s Black Male Initiative announces the launch of the 2019-2020 After School Program at the McDonald Hughes Community Center, located at 3101 MLK, Jr. Blvd.

We all have secrets. At least, I mean, I think we all have secrets. 

I have one, but it’s not really a secret – at least not to the people that know me well. In fact, I’ve never withheld it from anyone. It is proudly displayed at my home, at my office, on my vehicle, and on many clothing items I possess. But for you, it is probably something that you don't know about me… and it could jeopardize the future of our reader/writer longstanding intimate relationship. 

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority announces the selection of three individuals as Grand Marshals of the 44th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade. PARA is proud to present the Parade as “The Official Bicentennial Parade” and has agreed to move the date to Friday, Dec. 13, in recognition of the City’s official birthday date.

The 2019 Grand Marshals are Tim Parker, Cathy Randall and Harrison Taylor.  As written in the nomination, “Each is deserving of the recognition individually but together they make up the Dream Team.”

Tuscaloosa’s annual Veterans Day program will be held on Monday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. The program, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public and all branches of the military. 

Frozen II 
Anytime Disney comes out with an animated feature, there is reason to take notice. In this case, its the eagerly awaited sequel to the 2013 hit Frozen 

The City of Tuscaloosa’s Holidays on the River event will return on Wednesday, Nov. 27 to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Tickets for the season, which will run through Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, are now on sale.

Runners throughout the area will be lacing up their running shoes for a charity event benefiting local veterans’ organizations. The Fourth Annual Tuscaloosa Runs for Veterans 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the McAbee Center at the VA Medical Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Tuscaloosa military organizations.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun!

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Smoke alarms save lives.  Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.  If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Meet Taz – this beautiful kitty is the Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet of the Week. Taz is the last of his litter waiting on his forever home and we have no idea why.

Taz was born, along with his brother Poe, to Clarice and had 3 "surrogate" siblings that Clarice also raised. But for some reason, Taz keeps getting overlooked.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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