Q&A With Author Mary Laura Philpott

By Anderson McKean of Page & Pallette Mary Laura Philpott, nationally bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and the new memoir Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives, writes about the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. A former bookseller, Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family. Mary Laura took time to chat with PORTICO about Bomb Shelter, a brutally honest, beautifully … Continue reading Q&A With Author Mary Laura Philpott

Summer 2022 Reading List

By Anderson McKean of Page & Pallette Summer reading is something I look forward to all year long. When the hustle and bustle of the end of the school gets overwhelming, I look toward my stack of summer reads to get me across the finish line. Each of the following books offer beautifully written, immersive stories filled with unforgettable characters — the kind of people … Continue reading Summer 2022 Reading List

Conjuring Up a Documentary

The Art and Magic of Filmmaking  By Norman Jetmundsen  Life takes crazy turns sometimes.  Like when I made an offhand suggestion to my good friend and Sewanee classmate, David Crews, that he should do a documentary on the amazing season of the Sewanee Tigers of 1899.  Although he has a full-time job, David had done an award-winning documentary about Mississippi Governor, William Winter, called “The Toughest Job.”   His reply was, … Continue reading Conjuring Up a Documentary

Three Entrepreneurs That Followed Their Bliss

Bennie and Coco Surf Co.Vicki BarclayMB VillagePhoto by Andrea Dapkus Why the name and how did you get involved? Vicki Barclay:  Bennie and Coco Surf Co. opened four years ago in Charleston by my friend Katie Poole. The name is a play on her parents’ and grandparents’ last names and is a nod to who and from whom she is. Deciding to open my own version … Continue reading Three Entrepreneurs That Followed Their Bliss

Allowing Yourself the Freedom to be Curious

By Kate-Pride Muse Twenty-three is a big number. When I was eight, I thought I’d have three kids by now. A fourth on the way. Now that I am twenty-three, I’ve found I’ve never felt younger. Childhood is overrated. Or at least it was for me. I spent the first half learning the basics. How to walk, tie my shoe, and ride a bike. The … Continue reading Allowing Yourself the Freedom to be Curious

Meet Film Editor Paul Rogers

By Lee HurleyPhoto by Luke Lynch Birmingham native Paul Rogers has been editing films in Los Angeles for the last eight years. His latest film called Everything Everywhere All At Once has an incredibly high IMDB rating of 8.5. The movie was written and directed by the Daniels, one of whom is Daniel Scheinert also a Birmingham native. Paul’s father Alan Rogers is a well-known lawyer and more … Continue reading Meet Film Editor Paul Rogers

Providing Hope with Alabama Appleseed

Alabama Appleseed’s life-changing work on post-prison integration By Rick LewisPhotos by Brit Huckabay and Bernard Troncale Scott Fuqua sounds incredulous. “This guy could die in prison for stealing two polo shirts,” he says, without irony. Sadly, there is a fair chance he is not wrong. In Alabama, under the sentencing strictures of the Habitual Felony Offender Act (HFOA), also known as the “three-strikes law,” a … Continue reading Providing Hope with Alabama Appleseed

Muscle Shoals: Cross This off Your Bucket List

Muscle Shoals: places to see (and hear) in your own state By Jim Hannaford “Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.” ― Russell Conwell Sometimes we overlook the importance of things when they are close by, and Muscle Shoals is a shining example. This is a place that’s … Continue reading Muscle Shoals: Cross This off Your Bucket List

In Their Own Words: Lauren Steele

Instagram Fashionista and Blogger By Barry Wise Smith | Photo by Dr. David Steele Lauren Steele is a Mississippi girl and licensed attorney who moved to Homewood when her husband, Dr. David Steele, came to UAB to complete a fellowship. Lauren started her blog, LC-Steele, in law school as a way to face her frustration with social media. Today, she has almost 200,000 Instagram (@lc_steele) followers and devoted blog readers. … Continue reading In Their Own Words: Lauren Steele