What I’m writing: April 2014

These are stories I wrote that were published this month.

Meet Birmingham magazine Editorial Intern Abby Colella

 

Abby Colella

Abby Colella

Birmingham magazine interns are essential to the publication, and readers often see their work in print. But there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes, as Editorial Intern Abby Colella can attest. She’s been hard at work this semester on our annual Beautiful People issue, which will be published in June. This isn’t Abby’s first time working at Alabama Media Group, either; last summer, she interned with specialty publications in Huntsville. Read more “Meet Birmingham magazine Editorial Intern Abby Colella” at bhammag.com.

Lessons yet to learn as Red Clay Readers near the end of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

To Kill a MockingbirdAL.com’s Red Clay Readers, in partnership with the Alabama Center for Literary Arts, is a book club designed to take a fresh look at a southern classic with the help of our readers. Today, Birmingham magazine Managing Editor Carla Jean Whitley takes a look at Chapters 27 and 28 of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Click here to get 20 percent off your copy of the book at Books a Million.

Atticus Finch has lost his case. Tom Robinson has died.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s masterpiece novel, is winding down. Several of the book’s central conflicts have resolved, but there are lessons yet to learn. Read more “Lessons yet to learn as Red Clay Readers near the end of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird” at al.com

Churches reaching a variety of communities for Christ

MultiplySpring2014Cover-227x300We’ve all spotted them: the people who slip out of a worship service immediately after—or sometimes, even before—its conclusion. Preston Graham, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) in New Haven CT, approached some such folks to find out why. They didn’t feel like they belonged, he learned. In a church built around the Yale University community and led by a pastor with a degree from that institution, less educated and affluent  residents didn’t think they fit in.

“That’s when we realized we were expecting people of all communities and cultures to become like us,” Graham says. “We decided we had to find another way.” Read more “Churches reaching a variety of communities for Christ” at pcamna.org

Meet Birmingham magazine Sales Intern Alexis Nord

Alexis Nord

Alexis Nord

Our interns are a crucial part of our team, and Alexis Nord has brought her enthusiasm to the sales team. Alexis is a Homewood resident and a sophomore at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She hails from Mobile, where her parents, three older siblings and two mini shih tzus reside. In addition to her studies and work at the magazine, Alexis is a tutor at Glen Iris Elementary School and a sales associate at Lotus Boutique. Read more “Meet Birmingham magazine Sales Intern Alexis Nord” at bhammag.com.

Meet Birmingham magazine Editorial Intern Hayley McDonald

Hayley McDonald

Hayley McDonald

One of my greatest joys as managing editor of Birmingham magazine is getting to work with young journalists. They’ve taught me so much about being a manager and a leader, and they always bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to our office.

This semester, Samford University senior Hayley McDonald has been a tremendous asset to our team. Hayley stays busy outside of work, too; she’s the editor-in-chief of Samford’s Exodus magazine and works part-time at Seibel’s in Homewood. With graduation on the horizon, we’re eager to see where she lands next. Read more “Meet Birmingham magazine Editorial Intern Hayley McDonald” at bhammag.com.

 

Meet Birmingham magazine Senior Account Executive Garrick Stone

Garrick Stone (Photo by Cary Norton)

Garrick Stone (Photo by Cary Norton)

If you’ve ever advertised with a publication in Birmingham, chances are you’ve worked with Birmingham magazine Senior Account Executive Garrick Stone. Garrick has worked in advertising and media for 20 years, and the last five have been with Birmingham magazine. (Lucky us!)

This University of Alabama at Birmingham alumnus lives in Vestavia Hills with his beautiful wife, twin daughters and a dog. After working hours, you’re likely to catch G, as we call him, on his bike. Read more “Meet Birmingham magazine Senior Account Executive Garrick Stone” at bhammag.com.

Vintage: Boutique Bonds

VintageIn Vintage, author and secondhand store enthusiast Susan Gloss weaves together the lives of three very different women in a story filled with humor and heart.

Violet Turner, the 30-something proprietor of Hourglass Vintage, has a passion for making something out of the hand life has dealt. Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, she was always a bit offbeat but found safety in dating a popular boy. With dogged determination, Violet continued to live the life she thought she should live. But when she realized that she wanted more from life and that her husband was a good-for-nothing alcoholic, Violet took off for the state capital and a new life. Read more “Vintage: Boutique Bonds” at bookpage.com.

You Should Have Known: Take your own medicine

YSHKIn the latest novel by accomplished author Jean Hanff Korelitz (Admission, A Jury of Her Peers), which shares the title of its main character’s book, relationship challenges raise questions of how often we really know what’s best, whether living the life we’ve envisioned necessarily means we’re living it right, and how we overlook our instinctive responses to the people we meet. Read more “You Should Have Known: Take your own medicine” at bookpage.com.

Cook What You Buy: A new website helps users keep track of the food they have on hand

RecipeCraftersHad she caught me in the act, my roommate would have wondered why the heck I was sitting on the kitchen floor, the contents of our pantry strewn about me as I bent over my laptop computer. I’m a bit obsessive and certainly a list maker, but cataloging every spice and vegetable in the house was taking my organizing tendencies to a new level.

But if she had asked what on earth I was thinking, I would have showed her recipecrafters.com. And then she would understand. Read more “Cook What You Buy: A new website helps users keep track of the food they have on hand” at bhammag.com.

Shining Light on Heavy Hearts: These folk singers aim to use music to lift spirits.

The Heavy Hearts

The Heavy Hearts

What’s in a name?

For The Heavy Hearts, quite a lot. The Americana band contemplated a number of options before settling on a name that they hope represents their sound. They’ll reveal that to listeners on May 2 with the release of “Keep Your Light On,” their first full-length album. Read more “Shining Light on Heavy Hearts: These folks singers aim to use music to lift spirits” at bhammag.com.

Meet Birmingham magazine Account Executive Haley Isbell

Haley Isbell (Photo by Cary Norton)

Haley Isbell (Photo by Cary Norton)

Haley Isbell is no stranger to Birmingham. She and husband Bobby were born and raised here, and all of their immediate family call Birmingham home. “Both sides of the family get along super well so I’m crazy spoiled,” says Moody resident Haley, who is four-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s first child.

It’s no surprise, then, that in 2013 Haley jumped at the chance to work for Birmingham magazine. She’s transferred six years of experience in marketing to her work as a sales account executive. “I thought it would be an awesome way to stay connected to the community with a little bit more of a creative aspect involved,” the University of Alabama graduate explains. The magazine staff already knew her as mom to Raleigh, a Weimaraner who was a finalist in the 2013 Cutest Pets contest. Read more “Meet Birmingham magazine Account Executive Haley Isbell” at bhammag.com.

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