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Straight from the Heart

Straight from the Heart

By on 3 June, 2015 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments

Editors’ Note: This was very much on our mind as we made sure to go get heartworm meds for our dog at Montgomery Veterinary Associates today. At the core of all living beings is the heart. Its beats mean life to all. Without a beating heart, there is no life, right? And a compromised heart […]

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Third Time’s the Charm

Third Time’s the Charm

By on 18 May, 2015 in Carole King, Fun, Karren Pell with 1 Comment

Editor’s note: Regular MML contributors Carole King and Karren Pell are releasing their third book on May 28. There’s even a release party! In honor of this event, we’re running two posts today, one by each of them, about the book. Carole’s Take If you want to beat the lines for the newest, hottest publication […]

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River Jam Music Festival: Save the Date – May 15-16

River Jam Music Festival: Save the Date – May 15-16

By on 8 May, 2015 in Fun with 0 Comments

Readers of this blog know that we are big fans of the Alabama Roots Music Society (ARMS). We are huge supporters of live music, and try to get out there as often as our busy schedules will allow. It’s easy to complain about the live music scene in Montgomery (“Nobody good ever comes to town”), […]

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King Lear at ASF

King Lear at ASF

By on 20 April, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 4 Comments

Sometimes it can be a pain to get exactly what you’ve been asking for. But in the case of King Lear at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, we felt vindicated by our constant requests that ASF perform more of the Bard’s high-powered originals. It’s not that we’re against the family-friendly fare (like Mary Poppins or The […]

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Historic Midtown

Progress on Our List

Progress on Our List

By on 8 June, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Last month, we wrote about our plan to go ahead and fix up our house the way we would if we were selling it. We aren’t selling our Cloverdale-Idlewild home (built in 1930), but it was just kind of a fun exercise. The idea was to go ahead and make repairs, repaint, etc., so that […]

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Your Home Should Make You Smile

Your Home Should Make You Smile

Monday morning I was out on my front porch when a dog and her owner passed by. Being the neighborly thing to do, I called out a greeting. She responded warmly and then introduced herself as a Perry Street resident, fairly new in the Garden District. “I love walking by your house,” she said warmly. […]

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Making a List

Making a List

No house is perfect. We’ve all got little things that need fixing. Some are piled on top of the vague aspirations that populate the “someday” pile. Someday we’ll replace that electrical outlet. Someday it’d be nice to have a brighter kitchen. Someday we really need to get around to repainting the front door. Other things […]

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End Your Day with the Sundowners

End Your Day with the Sundowners

Sundowners is a new fun and educational series that Landmarks Foundation has initiated to help you wind down your busy work day. A “sundowner” is actually a British colloquial term for an alcoholic beverage shared with friends after completing a long, hard day. And although we do have refreshing beverages and munchies, it’s all about […]

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Eating Midtown

The A&P Social

The A&P Social

There’s an old joke about the weather, suggesting that if you don’t like it, wait around for a while and it’ll change. The same could be said for the building at 503 Cloverdale Road, which in the seven or eight years that we have lived here has been a series of restaurants called Nancy Patterson’s, […]

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JoZettie’s Cupcakes

JoZettie’s Cupcakes

By on 9 April, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments

Three years ago, we ate ourselves into a complete sugar coma as we tried to decide Montgomery’s best cupcake. We went to absurd lengths for this effort, even drawing up a bracket (and scoring some great Prosecco from Derk’s Filet & Vine to go with our tasting). Here’s what the bracket looked like back then: […]

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Kudzu Noodle Bar

Kudzu Noodle Bar

By on 4 March, 2015 in Bars, Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 1 Comment

Alabama’s always been a place where food matters. A lot. Southern food traditions are considered to be some of the most culturally important in the world. Got a doubt? Ask five people what the best cornbread tastes like, and you’ll likely get five different answers (e.g., fried, sweet, cake-like…). Food is intimate, fun, tied to […]

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Taste of India – Simply Southern

Taste of India – Simply Southern

By on 26 January, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Sometimes, it can take a little effort to break out of routines. We recently found ourselves somewhat stumped by the simple question of where we should go for lunch. But a little brainstorming led us to two different options that aren’t brand new for the city, but were new to us. Although the two are […]

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Real Estate

Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

By on 1 June, 2015 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Just because we live and work in the older and historic parts of town, don’t assume that Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS, is stuck in the past. On the contrary, we spend a lot of time talking about the future and how to make buying and/or selling a house a more pleasurable and satisfying experience. […]

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Inside King Lear’s House

Inside King Lear’s House

By on 27 April, 2015 in Kate and Stephen, Real Estate with 0 Comments

For those who don’t know, MML is sponsored by the Hat Team Realtors. This means two things for our readers. First, you get to read all of our content without advertisements – a blessing in today’s increasingly ad-ridden Internet experience. Second, it means that sometimes we get to go look around in other people’s houses […]

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The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

By on 29 January, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

I don’t usually write “hard” real estate information for this publication, but today I’m making an exception. It’s worth making a rare detour because it’s really important for Midtown property owners to understand that there is no longer a “middle market.” There was a time (like when my husband and I were first time homebuyers) […]

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Remembering Judge Johnson

Remembering Judge Johnson

By on 19 January, 2015 in Government, Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Legal Issues with 2 Comments

In the Montgomery airport, there’s a new advertisement for the movie Selma, which was shot partly right here in town. The movie’s advertising slogan reads “One dream can change the world.” That’s catchy, and clearly calls back to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech at the 1963 March on Washington. Unfortunately, it reflects a common […]

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Other Recent Posts

Remembering Loved Ones

By on 11 June, 2015 in Carole King, Outdoors with 0 Comments
Remembering Loved Ones

This time of year there are lots of rites-of-passage events happening: graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Our mailboxes are full of invitations and announcements. But trying to come up with the “perfect” gift can be difficult and stressful. Montgomery Trees has initiated one of the kindest ways to commemorate someone special through its […]

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Directing Dinner

By on 29 May, 2015 in Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
Directing Dinner

“One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray The third production of our 2015 Season is Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies, which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. It is directed by Mike Winkelman, who currently holds the Ida Belle Young Professorship Award at […]

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Does a house have a soul?

By on 27 May, 2015 in Bil Hitchcock with 5 Comments
Does a house have a soul?

Editor’s note: We’d like to welcome our newest writer, Bil Hitchcock, to Midtown Montgomery Living. A version of this post first appeared on the Huffington Post on May 22. My mom just sold her house — a home she and Daddy, along with a lot of young children and innumerable dogs moved into 17, 872 […]

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No Kidding Around

By on 6 May, 2015 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
No Kidding Around

The Montgomery Branch of Taoist Tai Chi® Arts isn’t kidding around. On the morning of May 16 they will sponsor a big Awareness Day event at the Montgomery Zoo to promote Tai Chi and make a contribution to the North American Ram Exhibit to acknowledge 2015 as the Chinese Year of the Ram. May 16 […]

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Managing the Playhouse

By on 24 April, 2015 in Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
Managing the Playhouse

“Art for art’s sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden… it is the best […]

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Words and Music at New South Books

By on 8 April, 2015 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Words and Music at New South Books

Some years ago I was trying to find a venue here in Montgomery for a singer-songwriter friend of mine who was on the road passing through and wanted to stop for a night here in our wonderful city. At that time, there were not a lot of acoustic rooms available. I remember bemoaning that fact […]

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On a Roll Downtown

By on 30 March, 2015 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
On a Roll Downtown

Surely you’ve seen it. The shiny Airstream trailer down at the corner of Coosa and Commerce? It’s hard to miss, what with the big light-up arrow and the gleaming silver cylinder, glinting in the sun. It’s been set up for a while now, and is designed to provide a platform for existing and emerging cooks […]

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Outside Looking In

By on 27 March, 2015 in Art, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
Outside Looking In

“We wander, question. But the answer waits in each separate heart – the answer of our own identity and the way by which we can master loneliness and feel that at last we belong.”  ― Carson McCullers, The Mortgaged Heart: Selected Writings Listening to The Member of the Wedding as we sit around the table in our […]

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The Dream Marches On

By on 26 March, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
The Dream Marches On

Fifty years ago today I was employed at WCOV and could not leave the building to attend the final leg of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. Missing that huge moment in history has plagued me ever since. So today, 50 years later, I was on the street as hundreds made their way up Dexter Avenue to the […]

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Signs of Spring

By on 25 March, 2015 in Karren Pell, Music with 0 Comments
Signs of Spring

Are those six weeks that ole groundhog dictated over? Feels like spring. I can pull on just a light jacket in the morning when I walk my dog, Lumpy. Time to put the wolf hat up! Looks like spring. The forsythia bush is bursting with its small, but full-of-cheer yellow blooms, and Cindy and Carol’s […]

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Spring Events

By on 23 March, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Spring Events

We moved the big cactus outside this week. At our house, this is an official sign of spring, or at least a sign that we’re pretty sure the cold is over. If it’s warm enough for the cactus, it might be time to bid farewell to the winter. The big, clumsy bumblebees are back and […]

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Alabama Book Festival Celebrates 10 Years

By on 20 March, 2015 in Carole King, Fun with 0 Comments
Alabama Book Festival Celebrates 10 Years

With cool temperatures and dreary days hopefully behind us, our calendars are filling up with fun things to do in the River Region. Every year the Alabama Book Festival is at the top of my list and should definitely be on yours! Celebrating 10 years of presenting book-related activities for all ages, the Alabama Book […]

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