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meditation instruction

Saturday, April 15, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Sit, knees below waist.
Breathe in, eyes open, breathe out.
Repeat until wise.

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no fate but what we make

Friday, April 14, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The pen is in our
hand. For us, the next chapter
is to be written.

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all’s well in trumpland

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Our leader is smart
and strong. We’re thriving and free.
All’s well in Trumpland.

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a new day, a new leader

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Wade Kwon

In Alabama,
we shed corrupt officials
to bring in worse ones.

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Bentley out, Ivey in: newspaper front pages

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at today’s newspapers, with front pages showing Gov. Bentley’s resignation and Kay Ivey’s swearing-in ceremony Monday.

Alabama

Anniston Star

The Anniston Star

Centre Post

The (Centre) Post

Decatur Daily

The Decatur Daily

Dothan Eagle

The Dothan Eagle

Enterprise Ledger

The Enterprise Ledger
(no mention of Bentley or Ivey)

Florence TimesDaily

The (Florence) TimesDaily

Gadsden Times

The Gadsden Times

Montgomery Advertiser

The Montgomery Advertiser

Opelika-Auburn News

The Opelika-Auburn News

Tuscaloosa News

The Tuscaloosa News

Birmingham News

The Birmingham News

Huntsville Times

The Huntsville Times

Mobile Press-Register

(Mobile) Press-Register

Elsewhere

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

Charleston Post and Courier

The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News

Greenwood Miss. Commonwealth

Greenwood (Miss.) Commonwealth

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Miami Herald

Miami Herald

New Orleans Times-Picayune

The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune

New York Times

The New York Times

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

The Washington Post

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the love song of r. julian bentley

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Wade Kwon

I put my hands on
your breasts and just pull you real
close. I love that, too.

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Gov. Bentley resigns in disgrace

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey becomes second female governor of Alabama

Robert Bentley booking page

Booking page for Robert Bentley at the
Montgomery County Jail

Two-term and two-timing governor Robert Bentley was booked at the Montgomery County Jail this afternoon for campaign finance misdemeanors. He then resigned from office.

This morning, the House had begun impeachment hearings on Bentley, following the release of a committee report detailing numerous alleged incidents around the governor and an affair with his aide Rebekah Mason, one that ended his 50-year marriage to Dianne Bentley in 2015.

Among the cataloged misdeeds were bullying staff members, using the state plane for private getaways, illicit texting, ordering law enforcement officers to cover up the scandal and altering public records.

As part of a deal, Bentley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 30-day suspended jail sentence, 12 months probation, surrender of $36,912 in campaign funds, about $16,000 in fines and 100 hours of community service. He forfeits all retirement benefits and cannot run for public office again.

Kay Ivey

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, pictured above, will now finish out the term. The next gubernatorial election is in 2018.

It’s been a busy 11 months for Montgomery. In May, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office for a second time. For this incident, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended him for ethics code violations in regards to enforcing federal rulings on same-sex marriage.

In June, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was found guilty of violating state ethics rules — including ones he implemented — and later sentenced to 4 years in prison, 8 years probation and a $210,000 fine.

The Birmingham channel: Who’s the boss?

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Birmingham comedian Michael Ruffino performs an impression of Sean Connery as James Bond. From Michael Ruffino Comedy.

The Tragic City Rollers compete against the Chattanooga Rollergirls in February at the Zamora Shrine Temple in Irondale. From J. Toob.

A rant about Hoover restaurants closed for “inclement weather” in January (our vertical video of the week). From Ann Walker.

February fire at Park at Carlyle apartments (a k a Aspen Run Apartments) in Homewood. From Vladimir Fuerte.

Comedian Michael Blackson’s After Party in January at the Merienda Lounge on Southside. From Matrell Smith.

Visiting Vulcan, including a climb up the stairs. From Andrew Reams.

Protestors at January’s Rally for Refugees and Immigrants at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. From Tom Gordon.

Down the interstate at night (our other vertical video of the week). From Maggie McGowan.

Students from Mobile’s Centre for Performing Arts performs “Maestro” in March at the Alabama Theatre downtown. From Masquerade Dance.

February report from WIAT-42 on racist KKK graffiti in West End. From WIAT-42.

Richard Arrington Jr. talks about becoming Birmingham’s first black mayor. From Alabama NewsCenter.

A feature on the Birmingham Box. From Joshua J. Hamilton.

Performances from December’s 24 Seven Dance Convention closing show at the Sheraton Birmingham downtown. From Dance Competition Captures.

Kaylin Motton of Florence performs “Change” at the 24 Seven Dance Convention. From Kaylin Motton.

Talking with Laura Lou Delehanty, history teacher at Woodlawn High School. From KnowledgeWorks.

A performance of “O the Blood” at March’s Women of Grace Conference at Life of Faith Church in Irondale. From Women of Grace Conferences.

Music video for “Bag” by Birmingham rappers Yayo Jugg and Montrell Towns. From Phreal Innovations.

A casual drive in the city. From Murdaham Flocka.

Commercial for Birmingham’s Glow app. From the Glow App.

Promo for RentMonster apartment finding service. From RentMonster.

Birmingham Water Works billing issues press conference in February with general manager Mac Underwood. From WIAT-42.

Highlight reel for the 2016-17 season of the Ramsay Lady Rams basketball team. From Christopher Cooper.

New Jersey rock band Vasudeva performs “Tuxford Fall” in March at Zydeco on Southside. From Mrshamoozoo.

Ontario Christian rock band Thousand Foot Krutch performs “A Different Kind of Dynamite” in March at Legacy Arena downtown (our other other vertical video of the week). From Jerry Watkins.

Sign-off and sign-on for WTTO-21 and WABM-68, featuring “The Star-Spangled Banner.” From SFS Alternate.

Promo for project with Urban Hope Community Church and Clerestory to help Fairfield. From the Gospel Coalition.

Dancing Dolls of Birmingham vs. Nashville’s Mini Allstarz. From Dancing Dolls.

House damaged by squirrels. From Rid-a-Critter Inc.

Helmet-cam footage of a grey squirrel hole in a house’s soffit (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Rid-A-Critter Inc.

Hanging out with friends at Oak Mountain State Park. From Emily Wehner.

Alabama Power working with the City of Birmingham to install LED lighting. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Chihuahua band La Fiera de Ojinaga performs in December at El Sol on Valley Avenue. From Adriana Suarez.

Recruitment video for Birmingham’s tech community. From TechBirmingham.

Hanging out around Railroad Park downtown. From David Echols.

Glenn and Carol Arnette discuss her double-lung transplant at UAB Hospital. From B1Jeff.

Moving a grand piano at Birmingham-Southern College. From Road Runner Moving.

Fighting the Empire at February’s World of Wheels at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. From Ghost Boy.

San Diego alt-rock band Switchfoot performs “Love Alone Is Worth the Fight” in October at Iron City on Southside. From Bobbieann Cooke.

This 3,000-mile Southern road trip includes stops at Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park, Railroad Park, Botanical Gardens and Dreamland Bar-B-Que on Southside. From Rockaby.

Bodybuilders compete in July’s NGA Old Navy Natural Pro Am Classic at Homewood High School. From Chris Tippins.

Dallas indie rock artist Taylor Phelan’s tour included a February show at the Nick on Southside. From Mike Windle.

WWE wrestler John Cena greets fans after a match in January at Legacy Arena. From AL.com.

Watching the WWE event in January. From SupermanLuke 66.

Syreeta Cooper performs “He Had Me Open” in March at Legends Sports Lounge downtown (our other other other other vertical video of the week). From Syreeta Marie Writes.

New York hip-hop producer Gramatik performs on New Year’s Eve at Legacy Arena downtown. From Michael Anthony.

Kayaking on Hurricane Creek in Moss Rock Preserve. From Real Crazy Stuntmen.

Highlights from the 1973 Iron Bowl at Legion Field in Graymont. From Bama Rewind.

Mexican ska band Inspector performs “Ska Voovee Boobie Baby” in March at El Sol on Valley Avenue. From Vladimir Fuerte.

UAB’s Dr. Sudha Kodali presents on “Refractory ascites due to hepatic sarcoidosis” at the 7th annual Global Congress on Gastroenterology and Endoscopy in September in Atlanta. From Conference Series.

UAB’s Sergey Mirov presents “Mid-infrared lasers based on transition metal doped II-VI semiconductors” at the 2014 International Conference and Exhibition on Lasers, Optics and Photonics in Philadelphia. From Conference Series.

Confronting a fear of heights while visiting Vulcan. From Michael Anthony TV.

Demo reel for WIAT-42 reporter Cameron Edgeworth. From Cameron Edgeworth.

Demo reel for Birmingham R&B-pop band Original Point of View. From Stanley Parrish Jr.

An icy I-459 in January. From AccuWeather.

Model Jacobi Hatch filmed in Birmingham for Calvin Klein’s spring campaign. From Calvin Klein .

Highlight reel for Drew Thomas, senior point guard for Thompson High. From Street Light Recruiting.

Bluegrass artist Sam Bush Band performs “A Satisfied Mind” in February at the Lyric Theatre downtown. From Sonnie Dundal1.

UAB’s Dr. Gabrielle Rocque discusses “The Oncology Care Model: Transforming Practices” at March’s Quality Care Symposium in Orlando. From Harborside Press.

Scenes from the 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in March at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. From Emory Desu.

Baltimore indie pop band Lower Dens performs in 2016 at Avondale venue Saturn for an episode of Alabama Public Television’s “Subcarrier.” From Subcarrier.

Welcome to Birmingham interstate traffic jams. From B.G. and K’Bella UnCut.

Birmingham Blaze vs. Bessemer’s Marvel City Tigers in March at Parker High School in Smithfield. From T4Films.

California DJ G Jones performs “Pineapple (remix)” in December at Old Car Heaven on Southside. From James Thielman.

Memphis-based Wright Construction shows off its 2016 projects in Birmingham. From Wright Construction Birmingham.

Columbus, Ohio, alt-hip-hop duo Twenty One Pilots performs “Migraine” in February at Legacy Arena downtown. From xCcourtneyYx.

Dedication of the UAB Hospital labyrinth in January at Spain Rehabilitation Center. From Malcolm Marler.

More on the labyrinth. From University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Girls’ basketball. From Ural Mitchell.

Marc DeWitt of Dayton’s Sinclair Community College on the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. From Sinclair College.

“Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly” 2013 story on the 50th anniversary of the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church. From Kim Lawton.

New York alt-rock band Nada Surf performs “Friend Hospital” in October at Saturn in Avondale. From Collapsible_lung.

Highland Park’s Independent Presbyterian Church Youth Grant Team made a commitment to change lives and stuck to it. From IPC Birmingham.

Promo for June 8 appearance by San Diego sales consultant Claude Diamond. From Alabama Real Estate Investor Association.

Public service announcements by Birmingham AIDS Outreach. From Paul Cordes Wilm.

Stretching warmup. From Chaos a k a C4.

Making the ascent at High Point Climbing and Fitness in Inverness (our other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Sean Moffett.

Birmingham band Creature Camp performs as part of the Welcome to Monotonia series. From Daniel Hargett.

Driving from I-22 to I-65 down past I-459 junction. From Gatorpics09.

Visiting the predator exhibit at the Birmingham Zoo. From Jon Cullen.

Handing out groceries to residents of housing projects with the Birmingham Dream Center. From Becky from Bama.

The Tin Shop, a 1967 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck, at February’s World of Wheels at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. From ScottieDTV.

Boston Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys perform in March at Iron City on Southside. From Sean Mahoney.

Christmas with the Salvation Army. From Bham Salvation Army.

Highlights for Alabama Southern Community College power forward Kyla Evans against Wallace State at March’s ACCC State Basketball Tournament at Lawson State in Tarpley City. From Kyla Evans.

Drone flying, with a brief break to get red clay out of the motor. From the Flying Mechanic.

Students from Irondale’s NS Dance Studio perform “Renaissance” at February’s Industry Dance Awards at the Alabama Theatre. From KARtv.

Talking with homeless men. From Alabama Media Group.

An interview with members of Birmingham punk band Burden Control. From Wildflowerirl.

Workers for Christ United builds Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Gordo. From Workers for Christ United Birmingham, AL.

Birthday road trip from Birmingham to Washington. From IA Film Group.

Talking with Alabaster dentist Thomas Dudney. From Catapult Education.

Arizona rock band Jimmy Eat World performs “The Middle” in March at Iron City on Southside. From A. Levy.

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the next step is always the hardest

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Wade Kwon

We can hold fast, or
shuffle off to the side, or
soberly mark time.

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#sundayread for April 9, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017 by Wade Kwon

reading Little Owl's Night

Photo: Justin Snow (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for April 9, 2017:

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The latest #sundayread tweets:

arthouse anguish

Sunday, April 9, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Documentary
so depressing, I’m in tears
from the beginning.

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smells like villainy

Saturday, April 8, 2017 by Wade Kwon

When will the outright
snatching of infants’ noses
be stopped in its tracks?

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self-devaluation

Friday, April 7, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Are we able to
cast as critical an eye
at us as others?

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pain points

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The pill makes it all
go away, the suffering,
aches and family.

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to sleep, perchance to rest

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The clock, a silent
sentinel, marks the hours
till dawn’s weary light.

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