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Lucy’s Beats Starbucks

Let me be clear: I LIKE Starbucks. In the West Pavilion here at UAB Medicine, we have a Starbucks coffee kiosk and I go there frequently and get their “Veranda Blend.” A fantastic woman named Annie works there and when she sees me coming, she fills a cup for me even before I get to […]

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Looking Upstream

Wendell Berry once said, “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”  In my opinion, it’s a great variation on the Golden Rule.  It’s also a nicer sentiment than it’s corollary, “Always drink upstream from the herd.”  The second quote comes from a compendium of so-called Cowboy Wisdom, the first from […]

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Where Would the Big Wheels be without the Ball Bearings?

Back in 1968, one of my sister’s boyfriends invited me to go with him to the National 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  This was back before NASCAR was cool and televised and large corporations renamed the tracks and the races, which proves I’m a long-standing, North Carolina redneck.  It was also before my sister agreed […]