George Shamblin / Author Bio

April 2, 2021By francis-adminArticles, Communications, Faith, People

Writer, Teacher and Pastor, George Shamblin is that rare individual whose excitement on the day of his salvation never cooled. He’s a man who lives to challenge other Christians to take God’s gift to them, and pay it forward. It’s a challenge borne of equal parts enthusiasm and concern. “At any given time,” he contends, … Read More

Meet The Need, And Funding Will Take Care Of Itself.

February 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, CULTURE, Neat Ideas, People

A look inside The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s strategic planning process Few, if any, non-profit organizations have played a broader role in my hometown’s transformation from a Civil Rights-era battleground to an emergent symbol of the New South than the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Created in 1959, the Foundation has used grants from … Read More

ProctorU: Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence)

December 18, 2018By francis-adminArticles, BUSINESS, General Biz, People, Tech

2018 Jemison Award Nominee (First Of Three) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests.  “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence … Read More

Bon Voyage, Erin!

August 24, 2011By FrancisBUSINESS, FUN, People, THE AGENCY, Trucking, Uncategorized

Just this morning, Martha put Erin on a plane for the Great American Truck Show in Dallas. She’s really been looking forward to it—since James Hudson (one of our many good friends at Randall-Reilly) was kind enough to send her a snapshot of a Time And Temperature display indicating that the outdoor temperature was exactly 100º. … Read More

Fletcher Hare: YouTube Star

May 4, 2010By FrancisCULTURE, Music, People, THE AGENCY, Uncategorized

(He’s in the middle, wearing the Parliament T-Shirt) Fletcher signed-up for Rock Band as his elective this Spring—and the band had its public debut in Birmingham’s world-famous Spencer Center last night. Click here for a sonic blast of primal rock at its absolute rawest. (Warning: May be disturbing to pets and small children).

I Had The Most Liberating Experience Recently.

April 15, 2010By FrancisPeople, THE AGENCY, Uncategorized

I was deleting unimportant emails the other day, and clicked on my Sent Items folder—where I discovered that, somehow, Outlook Express had deleted every message I’d sent since February 16. That’s at least 2000 messages, and the vast majority of them were business related. What’s more, no message I send right now registers in the … Read More

My Music Blog For B-Metro

April 1, 2010By FrancisPeople, THE AGENCY, Uncategorized

Wherein yours truly connects new and recently released records with older, similar (and invariably superior) albums. But who cares what I think? Which is why each column comes with a Click-To-Play link—featuring the records reviewed—so you can decide for yourself. Isn’t that exciting! Charlotte Gainsbourg w/ Beck & Sam Phillips Dave Matthews w/ Mofro & Donna The Buffalo … Read More