Last week ESPN ran an hour-long reality show that went behind the scenes of Alabama football practice. (Full title: Rolling With the Alabama Crimson Tide. But on our viewing guide, it got shortened to the above blog title.) I think it was last week–it all blurs together what with the repeated viewings. My husband recorded it and…

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I just had an e-mail from someone asking for advice on getting a first book published. That happens fairly often, either in e-mail or by phone or running into someone in the grocery store–it’s usually the friend of a friend of a friend or  someone who knows someone who goes to church with my mother.…

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I don’s usually have a stack of books on my bedside table–I like to finish one book before I start another. Usually that means I buy them one at a time according to my mood at the time. But after a particularly eclectic trip to the bookstore, I came home with Hunger Games by Suzanne…

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Why do dogs love dead things? It’s like there’s no bigger treat than to roll in a nice decomposing mouse or to snatch up a dead bird. When we walk the dog, we’re on constant high alert for any potential little corpses along the sidewalk. If Javier spots something dead before we do, he’s chomping…

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For anybody around the Birmingham area, I want to put in a plug for a really funky, fantastic coffee shop out in Bessemer. That’s right–Bessemer. If you thought you knew every coffee shop in town, this one’s a little off the regular circuit. It’s called Coffee Shoppee, and it’s at 2145 Bessemer Road. I was there…

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This appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser a couple of weeks ago. The newspaper was doing a special on the 100th anniversary of my high school, Sidney Lanier. So a few alums–me included–wrote about their memories. Oh, and LAMP–aside from being a cool stand-alone acronym–was the Lanier Academic Motivationl Program. Gin Phillips: Math, science curriculum at Lanier…

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I’ve been thinking about kids’ books lately. Young adult fiction, to use the technical term. I’m working on a young adult novel, but really I’ve been thinking about reading kids’ books more than writing them. I miss the total escape of a good adventure or fantasy book when I was, oh, elementary-school age. Books were…

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