• Lifestyle: Losing weight can lead to gain in confidence

    It is not easy to lose weight. However, if you have will and determination, it is possible. Over the last two months, I have been involved in a weight loss program. I wasn’t sure about it when I started because like many people, I have been down this road. However, ...
  • Doug Jones

    Doug Jones: Alabama’s Democratic Senate Candidate Makes History

    Doug Jones made history on Tuesday night as Alabama elected the Democratic candidate to the US Senate. It was a highly watch raced throughout the nation as Alabama’s citizens headed to the polls on Tuesday. It was a special election to replace Jeff Sessions’ Senate spot. Democratic candidate Doug Jones ...
  • Autism

    An Open Letter to My Autistic Son

    Editor’s Note: I received the following letter from a friend who wanted a forum to tell his struggles dealing with his son’s autism. I don’t know where to go from here. I know, I know. I’m your father. Along with your mother, we are supposed to have it all planned ...
  • Cuban Cigars

    Cuban Cigars Versus Non Cuban Cigars: What Is The Difference

    There is a great mystique surrounding Cuban cigars. Mainly because from the 1962 embargo to just recently in 2016, Cuban cigars – in fact, anything made in Cuba – had been illegal in the United States. So it was only natural to want what we couldn’t have. Although Cuba has ...
  • Christmas Beers

    The Mad Scientist’s Top Eight Christmas Beers

    Whether it’s with hops, spices or magic, these eight Christmas beers have what it takes to make your holidays merry and bright. This past weekend, I decided to take a trip to my local spirits shop to buy and sample a bounty of winter warmers, spiced Christmas ales, and hoppy ...
  • Great Lakes Blackout Stout

    Beer Review: Great Lakes Blackout Stout

    Every so often, you will run across a beer inspired by an actual event. Great Lakes Blackout Stout fits that description, in more ways than one. Does anyone remember the blackout of 2003? If you do not, allow me to refresh your memories. On August 14, 2003, at 4:10 pm, ...
  • Bourbon Barrel Stout

    Beer Review: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

    Bourbon-barrel-aged beers are nothing new at this point. Also, nothing new is adding coffee to the brewing of a beer. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen both things in one beer, though…but the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout (or Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout) is not even that new, ...
  • Maduro

    The Mad Scientist’s Top Five Maduro Cigars

    When someone offers you a Maduro cigar, you probably immediately think “strong” or “full-bodied.” Most of the time you would end up being correct, although the special kind of dark leaf that is “Maduro” doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to be stronger than any other given blend. Today, I’m going ...
  • Things I’ve Learned From Failure: Part 1 – Depression

    One of the hardest topics to discuss is depression. Either the person who suffers from depression doesn’t know how to express their feelings, or the listener doesn’t know how to respond. Depression is a complex emotion that some people just don’t understand. Too often people treat it as something you ...
  • Mental Health

    Mental Health: Suicide is not an option!

    Imagine going to sleep in love. Then waking up and finding out it’s over. While some may view this as the ups & downs of a relationship, others may take the breakup hard. One’s Mental Health is not a laughing matter. If not treated properly it may easily take the shine out ...