Thanksgiving for the earth – a prayer, poems and passages

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Please take a moment out of the madness that is the Thanksgiving holiday/Iron Bowl weekend and read the following inspirational prayer, poems and passages about our natural wonders here in Alabama and the South.

Have a nature-filled, meaningful, memorable, and joyful Thanksgiving.

“… Praise Thee, wondrous God for the blessed watershed that is Alabama, pliant to man’s needs, gracious to his questing spirit. May her sons and daughters not forget Thy bounty, nor fail to deserve Thy benediction through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”  ~From the state of Alabama Prayer at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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Here’s to taking care of yourself from the inside out

Forget about the holidays, at times we all get stressed, worn out, depressed, anxious, under the weather or whatever you want to call the things that are affecting your mental health. Even celebrities deal with it. We’re all human, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re feeling blue.

It’s never a bad idea to be informed on your local mental health resources—whether for yourself or for others. Young, old or in-between, taking care of ourselves allows us to take care of others.

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When extra responsibilities and commitments are caroling at your door, the combination can leave you troubled.

Maybe it’s something different altogether, like debilitating PTSD, crippling depression or stressful anxiety that’s affecting you. It doesn’t matter one bit. Just know that help is there, waiting for all of us.

Reaching out is a courageous step! Here’s a list of local mental health resources for Birmingham, just in time for the holidays.

Photo courtesy of National Institute of Mental Health
Photo courtesy of National Institute of Mental Health

For general information, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers simple definitions of mental health topics and research. The topics are even divided by audience, so that you can learn about conditions for a particular population.

In the Birmingham-metro area there are a number of community-based resources for counseling, psychology and emergency mental health services for those with our without insurance. If you do have insurance, reach out to your primary healthcare provider for a referral or give the psychiatry department at UAB a call for direction.

  1. For local counseling on a sliding scale that’s geared towards women and children, try Oasis. They offer “individual, couples, group, and family counseling, as well as art therapy and play therapy. Fees are determined on the basis of a sliding fee scale.”
  2. The UAB Community Counseling Clinic “offers affordable counseling services to the residents of Jefferson County through its Community Counseling Clinic.”

    Photo courtesy of Veterans' Administration
    Photo courtesy of Veterans’ Administration
  3. For Birmingham veterans suffering from PTSD, the Birmingham VA Medical Center is a good place to start, and they even offer a suicide hotline. Their contact information and hotline number can be found here.
  4.  For healthcare services for the homeless (including mental health), Alabama Regional Healthcare Services (ARMS) “provides comprehensive urgent, acute, and primary health care services with linkages to community providers when needed.”
  5. The Jefferson County Department of Health also offers a variety of health services for individuals without insurance. Information about specific services and health department offices can be found here.

 

Water main break on Glen View Rd leaves Forest Park residents dry

If you live in Forest Park, the historic residential section surrounding much of Highland Golf Course, you might wish you had cooked your Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Oh, and taken an extra long shower.

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Photo credit: Regina Ammon

A water main line broke today on Glen View Rd and flooded the street for hours.  The Birmingham Water Works was alerted early on, but reportedly said there were several breaks around Birmingham which delayed their appearance until late this afternoon.

 

As of 9pm, the faucets are all dry.  We’re starting to feel like the Cahaba River.

 

 

 

The new Western in Mountain Brook – a pleasant surprise

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After years of planning, in early October, the venerable Western Market on Culver Road, moved to its new home.

Perhaps, we were expecting the new Western Market in Mountain Brook to be much like the old one – a little cramped and small compared to most big box supermarkets. The old Western had that wonderful “neighborhood feel” without too many frills.

The new Western Market, which is located in the new Lane Parke development behind and near the old Western, is the exact opposite.  It is spacious and modern. It has an upstairs dining area, that will become a destination for friends, families and business people to meet. The murals and the signage are eye-popping.

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Birmingham Originals restaurants – the perfect Black Friday gift (slideshow)

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Birmingham Originals – Continental Bakery/Chez Lulu

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Do you want to finish all your Black Friday gift shopping on one website?

Try this out.

The Birmingham Originals is a group of  local restaurants that have banded together to promote and develop locally owned and operated restaurants, each with its own unique flavor and flair, to propel Birmingham’s robust food scene.

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Be inspired. Bham Now Facebook Live interview at Hand in Paw

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This morning, Bham Now Director Pat Byington interviewed via Facebook Live Beth Franklin, the founder of Hand in Paw.

Hand in Paw is the designated charity for December’s Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series presenter, polar explorer and UAB researcher Jim McClintock (Purchase tickets for the Dec. 6th event  – here).

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A Guide to the Magic City’s Startup & Revitalization Organizations – (Part 2 of 5)

We can attribute Birmingham’s growth to many different factors in today’s economy, but the two leading forces are the immense amount of startups and revitalization of our communities/districts within city limits.


Part 2 – Innovation Depot

BhamNow talked with Devon Laney, CEO of the Depot

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Bham Now Facebook Live interview at Hand in Paw this morning – 10:15am

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Join Bham Now and Hand in Paw this morning around 10:15am for a Facebook Live interview with their founder Beth Franklin and of course the wonderful animals.

Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Polar Researcher Jim McClintock has designated Hand in Paw as the designated charity for his BOLD Speaker Series presentation on December 6th at Avondale Brewery.

Please purchase your tickets today!

Patagonia’s own “doorbuster” sale on Black Friday. Give 100% for the Planet

Photo by Garrett Grove
Photo by Garrett Grove

Rebel against Black Friday madness – Patagonia 100% for the Planet

 

Black Friday.  The kickoff of the holiday retail season. It can be madness.

At storefronts across America, people literally wait outside in long lines for hours to rush into retail stores immediately when the establishment opens at daybreak to purchase the latest electronic game or the hottest trendy toy.  These type of events are often called “Doorbuster” sales.

In lieu of all the Black Friday madness, yesterday, Patagonia, one of the most successful and popular outdoor sustainable clothing companies in the U.S. announced its own special kind of Black Friday “Doorbuster” sale.

Patagonia is giving 100% of their sales on Black Friday to grassroots organizations working in local communities for the environment.

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A Guide to the Magic City’s Startup & Revitalization Organizations – (Part 1 of 5)

We can attribute Birmingham’s growth to many different factors in today’s economy, but the two leading forces are the immense amount of startups and revitalization of our communities/districts within city limits.

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Part 1 –1MillionCupsBHM

BhamNow talked with Scott Phillips, Organizer of 1MC

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