Tara Massouleh McCay

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About Tara Massouleh McCay

Tara Massouleh McCay is a writer and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama. She was previously associate editor at Birmingham magazine and has been contributing to local and regional publications since 2015. She loves sports, spicy food, and above all the art of storytelling.

Get your floral fix at these 8 Alabama flower farms

2021-06-14T14:52:49-05:00By |Living, Outdoors|

Nothing brightens up a room like a vase of fresh flowers. If you don’t have a green thumb and you’re looking to support your floral addiction with something a little more sustainable than Trader Joe’s, look no further than these 8 Alabama flower farms. Offering everything from U-pick weekends to delivered flower CSAs, these local farmers are guaranteed to keep you in bloom all summer—and beyond—long.  

Tour Helen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia and see The Miracle Worker play

2021-06-07T09:44:18-05:00By |Culture, Travel|

If you grew up in Alabama or have spent any amount of time in the state, then you likely know a little about Helen Keller's life here. After suffering a severe illness at 19 months, she was left deaf and blind. For the next five years, her world was dark, lonely, and utterly silent until Anne Sullivan entered her life. On a spring day in 1887, the teacher made a breakthrough when she successfully taught Helen the word “water” by repeatedly pumping cool well water into her hand while tapping out an alphabet code spelling the word into her other. By the end of the night, Helen had learned 30 words.

5 questions with Mentone maker Orbix Hot Glass

2021-06-04T16:42:15-05:00By |Culture|

Christy and Cal Breed are fluent in the language of fire. In 2002, the couple opened a hot shop and gallery to practice and teach others about the ancient art of glass blowing. Since then, Orbix Hot Glass, located on 26 acres bordering Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne, has become an established business—attracting visitors from near and far to see Cal’s extraordinary pieces and the fascinating process of creating them. We sat down with Christy to learn more about Orbix, glass art, and the Alabama maker community.  

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