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  • 10/18/17 5:22 pm EDT
    In July of this year, Kazunori Tago, one of the world’s finest Japanese temple and shrine builders, returned to Birmingham to celebrate a structure he had designed and handcrafted a quarter of a century ago. The Japanese Tea House at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens symbolizes the idea of bringing cultures together, and it was instrumental in forging a friendship between the cities of Birmingham, Alabama, and Maebashi, Japan. Today, the tea house continues to live up to this mission, servingmore...
  • 10/5/17 2:47 pm EDT
    On one of July’s hottest days in Birmingham, Alabama, a team of Protective Life Corporation employees converged at the Joe Rush Center for Urban Mission and quickly battled a mass of overgrown shrubbery and trees, giving a fresh look to the mission camp. What they left behind was a lasting impression.  “I can honestly say that I didn’t think 50 people could do so much in two hours, but it is remarkable what they did,” said Hill Carmichael, Urban Ministries Executive Director. The missionmore...
  • 9/20/17 2:59 pm EDT
    Jeff Newman, hobbyist mine historian, walks along one of the trails at Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, Alabama, where the Birmingham Mineral Railroad used to run. He pushes fallen branches out of the way, a habit learned from years working maintenance at the park. “I’m here to make the park look good, no matter what it takes,” he says. Fifty years ago, long before the Red Mountain Park and Recreational Area Commission established the park to memorialize the pivotal role the area playedmore...
  • 9/6/17 4:59 pm EDT
    It’s not every day you find a corporate executive taking care of zoo animals. But for David Loper, it’s a privilege. Loper, Senior Vice President and Counsel at Protective Life Corporation, loves rolling up his sleeves for the Birmingham Zoo.As a member of the zoo’s Board of Directors, he’s been known to stroll through its grounds on his lunch break and even on occasion, lend a hand cleaning the Children’s Zoo. We followed him one recent morning as he assisted animal care coordinator Andymore...
  • 8/23/17 2:44 pm EDT
    Images of Cabo San Lucas with its picturesque beaches against the backdrop of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains reveal why the city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula is a popular vacation destination. But not far from the high-end resorts and golf courses, Casa Hogar, a refuge for children and teenagers unable to live with their parents, is celebrating a recent renovation that provides them expanded access to clean water.   Led by Jayson Stirrup,more...

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