Issues, players, successes, setbacks and events that define one s community and family all mix to help make a columnist. So do the sweat of stiff deadlines, topics that say something and putting yourself on show for a very critical audience, the readers. This compilation of columns spans twenty-six years of life in Alabama as one editor observed it and lived it. Quality journalism has longevity, which allows these messages to have present-day meaning that will speak to you gently, forcefully, sadly and humorously. Mirrors, they are, in which you will see yourself.