As I mentioned last month, I have recently entered the world of full-time working mom. Unfortunately, my son didn’t get the memo about mom’s return to work, so life continues to go full throttle into this new year. Luckily for me, and the rest of the Tuscaloosa community, a heaven-sent business has opened up to feed all us busy folk in T-town! 

Throughout 2018, United Way of West Alabama’s United4Good campaign brought the community together to support the dozens of agencies that provide services across the region. A combination of their everyday slogan, Live United, and a nod to this year’s ambitious fundraising goal of four million dollars, United4Good will help keep dozens of community programs running through the next year. 

In late 1883, Tuscaloosans heard for the first time a sound that signaled profound change. That sound was the ringing of telephones connected to the area’s first telephone exchange. According to the Tuskaloosa Gazette, the exchange was quietly organized “by a few of our local business men to facilitate commercial transactions and in some instances social convenience.”  

The history of the telephone is complicated and often confusing. There was a dizzying array of patents, claims, lawsuits, and mergers that lasted for decades. However, two basic patents upheld by United States courts became the foundation for modern telephonic communication. The first was an electric telephone that could send and receive understandable voice messages to another telephone along a wire. The second was a telephone exchange that allowed users to connect to different phones. 

Beginning in the 17th century, a number of inventors worked on devices for voice communication over distances further than the range of human hearing. The earliest attempts to create a telephone were by mechanical means (vibrating strings or wires, speaking tubes, etc.) However, by the mid-19th century, several inventors were developing “acoustical telegraphy” or the sending of modulated audio frequencies by electricity over telegraph wires. Alexander Graham Bell, a native of Scotland, was a teacher of the deaf, inventor, engineer, and scientist. While working in Canada and the United States, Bell developed a device that received the first American patent for a telephone in 1876. 

Being a first-time parent can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on to learn tips on diapering and bathing your baby.

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: 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!

Pastor Marvin Sapp, award-winning Gospel singer and songwriter, is the featured performer for the 2019 Realizing the Dream Concert. The concert will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at The University of Alabama’s Moody Music Concert Hall.

Say hi to Rudy, an 8-9 month old (as of 12/18), male German Shepherd mix. This gorgeous pup is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

If you’ve got a child, or a grandchild, in school, you should probably read this. 

The Community Foundation of West Alabama announces the 2018 winners of the Elois Zeanah scholarship. Madison Clary of Tuscaloosa and Jaleel Washington of Panola were awarded $1,000 each. Both are students at The University of Alabama.

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope all of you had a great holiday break, but it’s time to get back to the grind now. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but after the holidays, I often want something different in January. This chicken saltimbocca is a perfect choice, and the sausage and cheese soufflé is a mouth-wateringly great option for breakfast, brunch – or any time, really. Both these dishes, in fact, are quick and easy to make.  

Bon Appetit! 

The West Alabama Quilters Guild will present the formal unveiling of Hallie O’Kelley’s “October Glory” quilt installation that is part of the Tuscaloosa Public Art project on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Government Plaza. The community is invited to attend and show appreciation to O’Kelley for her lifelong contributions to the arts and to the community. 

Tuscaloosa has grown over recent years, and the city is giving residents the opportunity to help decide what Tuscaloosa’s future will be. 

American Ninja Warrior has grown exponentially in the 10 years since its creation. This year, NBC created American Ninja Warrior Junior, a competition for students ages 9-14 that airs on the Universal Kids network. From more than 10,000 applicants, the network chose fewer than 200 to compete, including Tuscaloosa’s own Luke Pate, aka the Crimson Ninja. 

You've gone through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and now you're ready to go home and begin life with your baby. Once home, use these tips to help you, as a first-time parent, feel confident about caring for your newborn.

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: 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!

Is Bird Box the victim of bad timing?  Watching the movie last night on Netflix, I kept wondering if my opinion might have been so sour if the movie hadn’t come out in the shadow of better end-of-the world thrillers from 2018, like A Quiet Place and Annihilation

Waylon (Jennings) is one cool crooner! He is an 8-month-old male, and he's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

At its Nov 29 meeting, the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa’s James A. Cowden Book of Golden Deeds was awarded to Bob Shaw in recognition of his volunteer work as a Lay Chaplain at the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH Regional Medical Center. The Book of Golden Deeds Award is an annual award given to recognize dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live.

The Bama Art House Film Series Winter 2019 will begin January 15 and will feature five screenings.  A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, this upcoming series will feature categories ranging from drama and documentary to animation.

Aquaman is quite possibly the most ridiculous big-budget movie that I’ve seen in at least five years, and (I swear) I mean that with affection. Yes, it is ridiculous but in a common-sense sort of way. I mean, this is the story of a displaced half-human, half-Atlantean ruler of an undersea kingdom who is known on land as Arthur Curry. Given that, a serious dramatic template is a little difficult to attach here. For heaven’s sake, there’s a battle scene in which the good guys ride giant seahorses and the bad guys ride giant sharks.

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

 

captcha 

Most Popular