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I Love the Landscape Because It Is So Sincere. It Never Cheats Me.

“I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. ~ Henry David Thoreau ~ Taken between Townsend, TN and Cades Cove, TN Most of you know me as the BamaSteelMagnolia. And, there is a reason for that. For most of my life I’ve lived in… Continue reading I Love the Landscape Because It Is So Sincere. It Never Cheats Me.

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Summer in the South and a Big Ol’ Shady Porch, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Does anything say summer in the South like a big ol’ shady front porch? Add to that a bright sunny day and red, white and blue and you’ve just got an all American day. We were glad to be able to finally recapture this half of the porch back. The barn swallows finally hatched (all… Continue reading Summer in the South and a Big Ol’ Shady Porch, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Dappled Lane, by Beverly Hicks Burch

My parents live on the same little mountain top in Alabama that I do. As a matter of fact we all moved up here several years ago because it reminded us of our roots back in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. You know that old saying “you can take the boy out of the… Continue reading Dappled Lane, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Home for the Holidays: Some of My Favorite Things, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Today’s post will continue the Home for the Holidays spirit I started the other day. I shared the over all effect in the first post and then in another post shared some of the holiday quilts I’ve made over the years and use just for this time of the year. Every time I pull out… Continue reading Home for the Holidays: Some of My Favorite Things, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Home For the Holidays, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Tall & Handsome and I both are hopeless when it comes to the holidays. The decorations, the music, the kitschy movies, the food, and the festivities. I’m normally a “gonzo” Christmas decorator. All in good taste of course… Well, the last few years T & H and I have had very little opportunity to partake… Continue reading Home For the Holidays, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Sweet Home Alabama, by Beverly Hicks Burch

As you and your family celebrate the 4th this year, I ask you to keep my home State Alabama in your thoughts and prayers. This photo was taken not too far from my house…and the home remains in this condition today. If you have been spared the devastation of the April storms that tore through… Continue reading Sweet Home Alabama, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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God’s Green Earth, by Beverly Hicks Burch

In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains there is a little hamlet called Townsend, TN. It is part of my ancestral roots. My Daddy was born there and his daddy before him and so on and so on. The Hicks Family and the Walker family and the Dunn family were Blount County residents for generations.… Continue reading God’s Green Earth, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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A Special Anniversary and Birthday, by Beverly Hicks Burch

This past week we celebrated a very special occasion in our family…the anniversary of welcoming Abbi into our family AND her second birthday. Her Dad shares it just like it is…with heart. Please take the time to read their story, people. It will warm your heart on this Mother’s Day eve. In the meantime, Abbi,… Continue reading A Special Anniversary and Birthday, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Birmingham ranks as one of brainiest cities according to Forbes Magazine

Birmingham ranks as one of brainiest cities | Birmingham Business Journal. This comes as no surprise to me, but it may to the rest of the country who think of most Southerners, especially those from Alabama as uneducated, red-neck hicks. Sorry folks. Time for a world view adjustment. And welcome to our well kept surprise… Continue reading Birmingham ranks as one of brainiest cities according to Forbes Magazine

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And then I had Chowder…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

The day broke and I could see the aftermath of last night’s “winter weather event”. I was a little leery to peek out of my blinds this morning because I heard  sleet and freezing rain blowing up against my bedroom window all night into the wee hours of the morning…yes, we’re talking until about 4:30AM… Continue reading And then I had Chowder…, by Beverly Hicks Burch