Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for December 12, 2012:
JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us this morning at the Birminham Museum of Art! The clock is ticking to check out Norman Rockwell's America, an in-depth look at the life and work of America's favorite illustrator. Rockwell's six-decade career coincided with one of the most eventful periods in American history, spanning four wars, the Great Depression, the space race, and the Civil Rights Movement, all vividly depicted in his work. The exhibition includes 52 original paintings and drawings, and all 323 Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell created between 1916 and 1963. Organized by the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island, the exhibition premiered to critical and popular acclaim at London's Dulwich Picture Gallery in December 2010. Visitors to the exhibition will also enjoy a supplemental exhibition focusing on Norman Rockwell's work for The Coca-Cola Company, as well as an exhibition of illustrations from the BMA's permanent collection, including works by Frederic Remington, N. C. Wyeth, and Maxfield Parrish. It is open through January 6th. For more information, visit http://www.artsbma.org.
ZOO - Mickey visited with Danielle Williams from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the the orangutan's birthday party on Saturday. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
DWARF - Tiffanie Didonato joined us this morning to talk about her new memoir, Dwarf. Born with a very rare form of dwarfism, writer Tiffanie shares her remarkable story of defying all odds in her new memoir. When she was born, Tiffanie Didonato's limbs were so short she was unable to reach her own ears. Diagnosed with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a very rare form of dwarfism, as a child she stood at three feet, eight inches tall and was told by doctors that she wouldn't get any taller. But she was a little girl with big dreams not the least of which was leading a normal life-of being able to reach the sink unassisted, of buying clothes that fit her age, not just her body, or even someday, drive a car. When she became old enough, Tiffanie made a bold and controversial decision. She elected to undergo a series of radical surgeries that involved breaking bones and drilling dozens of pins in her limbs in the hope that her body would fill in the gap. Incredibly, after years of grueling rehabilitation, she gained an unprecedented fourteen inches, taking her from 3'8" to 4'10". As her story beautifully illustrates, she is living proof that the seemingly impossible can be overcome. Tiffany DiDonato graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a BFA in writing and communications. She's now a weekly columnist for the magazine Encore www.encorepub.com and is stationed with her husband at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Keehn Hosier, OBGYN from Brookwood Medical CenteR joined us this morning to talk about pregnancy!
GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent joined us this morning with some advice on festive plants to give as gifts such as the Christmas cactus and poinsettia. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions!
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we turn to the expert for advice on how to learn to appreciate your loved ones especially during this holiday season! Jeh Jeh brings us a twist on the traditional classic.... He takes us to the Chocolate Nutcracker! Taking your kids with you to some of the holiday parties? We look at ways to teach them how to act and ways to keep them entertained! And author Marianne Williamson joins us with advice on how your attitude about money is a muscle that you have to use it or lose it. She shows us her new book The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work Money and Miracles. Plus our pet of the week joins us in the studio... That and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!