Author: Ashley Trice

Puttering through purple political purgatory

What a strange, strange, strange world we now live in. As our 45th president prepares to be sworn in this week, I find myself in a place I have never been before — in some sort of unfamiliar political purgatory. Even though we live in a red state, I have many friends who inhabit the blue dot. I used to be a blue dotter myself — bluer than blue. But as I have gotten older, and realized with great certainty that no one person or party will ever have all of the answers, I feel adrift in a sea...

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Breeders beware of the happiest place on Earth!

We have been dreading it for almost seven years now, but the time has finally come. We must let go of all of our preconceived notions and prepare ourselves for this journey, which we feel is our duty. We do know it is going to cost us greatly. And will test our patience, kindness and bond as a family unit. But beyond that, we just can’t be sure what will happen. We have been told it will be magical. We have been told it will make us feel like kids again ourselves. We have been told that while it...

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Dream a little (or big) dream with me

January is the month for crazy ideas. I am going to be more organized. I am going to the gym every single day. I am going to save money. Ahhh, yes. Those first few weeks are so dreamy! As such, I’ve had a few dreams bouncing around my head for our fair burg. I will be the first to admit some are crazier than others. And I am quite sure there are some naysayers out there who will tell me exactly why we can’t do these things for a variety of very legitimate reasons. But I don’t want to...

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We gotta have faith, faith, faith

The most wonderful time of the year is almost over (thank goodness). The tree looks sad and lonely with most of the presents gone from underneath. Scraps of wrapping paper are still lurking around in the strangest of places. (How oh how did that get in between the screen and the window pane?) Pants around Mobile are too tight from too much of … well, everything. And families have miraculously survived another holiday of splitting up time among all the relatives (“But y’all stayed with them last year!”) and talking politics (“I just can’t even do this with you...

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Con-tree-versies arise from Trump visit

Only in Mobile could one of the most polarizing political figures in recent history come to town and the two biggest controversies to come out of that visit be those involving an old tree and the young maidens who honor the trail of a flowering bush. It all started when Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s chief of staff, Colby Cooper, received a request from President-elect Donald Trump’s advance team to have Christmas decorations at his “thank you” tour event last Saturday. Cooper said he asked city crews to begin looking in our city parks for a Christmas tree, and they found...

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