Hope Amid Chaos

By Christian G. Crawford Hope is a pursuit. Unending. Hope commands breath. Inhale. Exhale. Our pursuit has ended abruptly—however. Our ears have stopped listening. Chaos is no longer imminent. It is now. Present. Real. Buildings burning. Monuments tumbling. People dying. Children crying. Despair has taken the place of hope. Leading to mass funerals. Physical. Virtual. … Continue reading Hope Amid Chaos

Alabama Historical Commission suggested ordinance for establishing historic preservation commission

READ: 'We're about to lose this thing': Cahaba Project residents debate future of historic neighborhood SUGGESTED ORDINANCE AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION IN THE CITY OF                           , TO PROVIDE FOR DESIGNATION OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES OR HISTORIC DISTRICTS; TO PROVIDE FOR ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN APPEALS PROCEDURE; TO … Continue reading Alabama Historical Commission suggested ordinance for establishing historic preservation commission

US Attorney launches Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

'Here for as long as it takes,' sheriff saysBIRMINGHAM – The U.S. Attorney’s Office today launched the Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force to offer prevention and community outreach programs within the city. This task force will complement the law enforcement work of the Birmingham Public Safety Task Force, which was announced last month, in combined efforts … Continue reading US Attorney launches Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

A bond beyond baseball

The following story appears in my book Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.The baseball coach felt as if the pastor was talking directly to him. Sure, there was a congregation full of people, but the message was so pointed, so personal, that it felt like a one-on-one conversation. The sermon was about … Continue reading A bond beyond baseball

Donations to The Foundry by May 31 will be doubled

BESSEMER, Ala.— People like Cris and Austin are examples of the hundreds of struggling men and women The Foundry serves who benefit from the resources and programs funded by “Matching Challenge” contributions. An anonymous supporter has contributed a total of $25,000 and challenged other friends of The Foundry to donate an additional $25,000 by May … Continue reading Donations to The Foundry by May 31 will be doubled

A bit about ‘Heart of the Plate’

My third book, Heart of the Plate, is one that I wrote rather quickly.Some may think that it is not of a certain quality, since I wrote it in about four months and had it published five months after the release of Deep Green. That's for others who read it to judge and not me.But I … Continue reading A bit about ‘Heart of the Plate’

Pitches and promises

The sophomore pitcher circled the mound before the first batter stepped into the box, and then he bent over behind the rubber. He extended his left hand and began to use his index finger as a pencil for the cool dirt. It was winter, and the high school baseball season was just underway. He was … Continue reading Pitches and promises

The piano man

A chapter from "Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South"by Gary Lloyd, complete with video of the man playing the piano: As long as I have known him, he has played the piano. At Christmas, Mr. Darby would play “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” at my grandmother’s house. He could have … Continue reading The piano man

Some positive news from Atlanta

I went to Atlanta this weekend, and if you perused the Georgia headlines, you would have seen this:A Gainesville, Ga., man was charged with molesting an eleven-year-old girl. A man was shot outside of a Krispy Kreme.A middle school student brought a gun to school and showed it to classmates. A man fired a shot into the … Continue reading Some positive news from Atlanta