The Big Picture

A Mother’s Day Gift of Words

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – There are no famous quotations published anywhere that capture what my mother means to me. Not on any Website, anyway, or in any book, newspaper or magazine either. Certainly not on any Hallmark card. Not that I didn’t try to find one this morning. I Googled around…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…

Camping With WiFi in the Talladega National Forest

Get Involved to Stop Fracking on Public Land – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – CANE CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here by the creek listening to the water flow over the rocks and the birds sing in the trees, it’s hard to believe anyone would want to clear off the top of every…

Birmingham, Alabama: ‘Shoot Yourself in the Foot Town’

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bomingham. The Magic City. The Tragic City. The Murder Capital of the South? What’s next? Shoot Yourself in the Foot Town? I met Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell at a fund raising party on Birmingham’s Southside at the Rev. Jack Zylman’s house a few years…

Supreme Court to Consider the South’s Legacy On Voting Rights

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – How can one be fair and balanced in the face of blatant, retrograde racism? The Washington Post is just now figuring out that at the top of the steps of Alabama’s old Capitol, there’s a six-pointed bronze star marking the spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in…

The Big Picture: We Can Save the Planet and the Economy Too

Who Needs Jobs on a Dead Planet? – Bill McKibben at the front of the march – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following folks from all over the country willing to travel thousands of miles and brave freezing temperatures and a bone chilling wind to march from the Washington…

What Will the Alabama Super Tea Party Majority Do Next?

The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – CAMP GUNTER HILL, Ala. – The rain has finally stopped in Montgomery, after a February deluge that swelled creeks to overflowing and made for a soggy government tea party downtown. The boys of Agribusiness munched on shrimp and pimento cheese and crackers Tuesday night, giving legislators an…

News Flash: Half the People in Alabama Are NOT ‘Conservative’

The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – Reporting that Alabama is the most conservative state in the union is sort of like saying grass is green. Everybody already knows it, so what’s the point? How is that “news?” But you know Gallup. Them public opinion pollsters just can’t stop doing what they do for…

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star And Other Fairy Tales in the News

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are.” – From the 19th-century English poem, “The Star,” by Jane Taylor – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – Way to go, working folks. You voted for former Riley aide Twinkle Cavanaugh for the Alabama Public Service Commission, and now you’ve got it. A…

Is the World About to Come to an End on Dec. 21, 2012?

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – First let’s dispense with the hype. In spite of what is reported in some of the hyped up pseudo documentaries on the subject, not to mention the zany Websites about it, the world is not going to end on Dec. 12, 2012 — or Dec. 21, 2012…

Where Oh Where Have All the Wildlife Gone?

A stuffed owl on the wall of the Cheaha State Park Restaurant – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – LAKE CHINNABEE CAMPGROUND, Ala. — Sitting quietly by the fire in the woods on a windless, moonlit night, with only the sound of firewood crackling and coon dogs off in the distance — and…

The War Between the States is Finally Almost Over

Unfortunately Our Long Alabama Nightmare Continues – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — The so-called leaders of Alabama’s Republican party honestly remind me of the last Rebs at Gettysburg, still willing to charge up Big Roundtop hill one more time for “the cause” in the face of certain defeat…

The Ultimate Metaphor: Life is Like A River

Peak autumn color in the Catawba River near Marion, North Carolina By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Life is like a river. This is the ultimate metaphor for life. Many an American writer has compared life to the game of baseball. Myself included. But when I took this turn in life seven years ago…

A Cooling Off Period: The Democrats Did It

But Down in Alabamaland, A Budget Collapse is in the Offing The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Ahhh, finally a reprieve from the summer heat. The summer of 2012 has been the hottest and one of the dryest seasons on record in the U.S. But it was 60 degrees with low humidity when I woke…