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In so many communities like ours across the country, people have taken time this summer to remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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In 2010, I had one of the best nights of my broadcasting career, and it wasn't in a TV studio.

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Around Independence Day, people seriously start talking about vacations — if they haven’t gone on one already. So, I tried to remember our favorite vacations of all time.

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Lately, the Chinese government has embraced the religion known as Confucianism for its own political purposes.

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Something was seriously amiss, I reasoned, when Auburn President Steven Leath refused to put a football-only facility on the June agenda and members of the Board of Trustees overrode him. That was a public slap in the face.

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It's time to delve into the origins of some of our most curious words and phrases. We say them so easily — but often have no clue as to where they came from.

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The American Camp Association will give you many reasons why your child should attend camp — developing independence, experiencing the outdoors, relaxing, getting unplugged and becoming better at making and keeping friends (these five particular reasons are listed on their website, acacamps.org.)

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Did you know that a crime committed by a pair of the country's best-known outlaws occurred about 52 miles from my hometown? That's a fact. And it was this crime that sent them on their way to Alcatraz federal prison.

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One of the most interesting laws passed this year by the Alabama Legislature provides for chemical castration for persons convicted of sex crimes against children. 

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We now have a full-blown crisis in the Middle East with various incidents, particularly the attacks on a Norwegian and a Japanese tanker near the Strait of Hormuz. Immediately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed the attack squarely on Iran without providing any evidence. In short order, t…

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Father's Day and my birthday often fall on the same day. Such is the case this year.

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One of my favorite and earliest memories I have of my father was when he was tilling the ground in our backyard to start a vegetable garden.

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Today, let's become time travelers, randomly picking a year to explore. 

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In the summer, as we have time to unclutter crowded closets, toss out items from a packed attic or sort through a congested garage, we are liberated from the confines of old items.

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It has been said that “no man’s life, liberty or property is safe with the Legislature in session.” (And in the old days of 100 percent male assemblies the “l” in life was changed to a “w.”)

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The Democrats in the House are divided on whether the impeachment process should commence immediately or should wait until they get more information from handing out subpoenas to Attorney General William Barr, Deutsche Bank, Capital One, Donald McGahn and Hope Hicks.

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In my mid-teens I worked odd hours — weekends, holidays and anytime nobody else wanted to work — at WGEA radio in Geneva, Alabama. In the fall of the year, we broadcast the Auburn college football games thanks to a complicated setup that involved re-broadcasting the play-by-play of the game …

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Two months after the deadly tornado struck Alabama, a team of six cyclists trekked across Alabama for two and a half days, logging over 245 miles and raising about $9,000.

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I'll never forget the day my father dropped me off at Auburn for my freshman year. (It was a while ago before the turn of the millennium). 

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While reminiscing  last weekend, I started wondering about the history of the holiday we're about to celebrate. After a sizable amount of research into Memorial Day, I learned a lot more than I expected.

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Gov. Kay Ivey has come up with some good initiatives during her short tenure as governor. But one proposal that is not so good would change Alabama’s elected State Board of Education to an appointed board.

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A few readers commented on my column about radical change and the steep decline in the use of toothpicks. I’ll admit it was an off-the-wall subject. 

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Do you realize how much computing power you're carrying in the form of your smartphone?

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In the coming days, hundreds of our local high school seniors will gather for their final time as a class.

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A decade has passed since I became acquainted with Jim Buford’s first work of fiction, "The House Across the Road." I am thrilled to once again be invited to Tucker’s Mill, Buford’s equivalent to Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County or Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.

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When I attended synagogue services for the first time in Texas, Helene Levi Shiver was doing what she had long done — speaking publicly about the Holocaust. 

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This conversation we're having is a little more serious than most others. Hang with me, there's a lighter side, too.

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Years ago I served as a mentor to a seventh-grade girl going through the confirmation process, discerning whether or not she wanted to make her membership with our church “official.”

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The Hollywood tough-guy image of a hardened soul with a toothpick dangling from his lip has all but disappeared.

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I've always been fascinated with tricks — mainly tricks that really catch an audience off guard. I remember learning one years ago that I thought was pretty good, although not absolutely foolproof. I used it as an opening when making speeches. (I used large, individual pieces of cardboard wi…

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Recently, Carl Gagliano, a longtime Auburn resident, told me he was sending to his grandchildren my last piece in The Auburn Villager called “Sundry Words of Wisdom.” This warmed my heart, and I decided to expand on my last piece by adding some more reflections on wisdom. So, Carl, this is f…

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1. Wisdom means to make good out of what life throws at us. I would distinguish between knowledge and wisdom. One may know a lot of facts but that in itself does not make one wise. Wisdom is knowledge plus experience and good judgment. For example, learning to drive can be a frightening expe…

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Alabama seems poised to finally vote on a lottery again. And veteran observers believe it could pass statewide this time.

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Driving home a couple of weekends ago, I was momentarily startled to hear the sound of sirens blaring as we approached one of the busiest intersections in east Montgomery, where Taylor Road and Vaughn Road cross.

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When you live in a city like Montgomery for as long as Paula and I have (more than four decades), you often find yourself in a rut when it comes to things the city has to offer. Paula and I found ourselves looking for something to do just the other weekend.

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As we gather to celebrate Easter this Sunday, Christians around the world focus on the reality and meaning of Jesus’ resurrection announced by the angels — “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6)

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When I was growing up, aliens were creatures from outer space. Today, they’re people from countries like Mexico, Guatemala, Syria or Afghanistan.

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I have had the privilege of studying with some outstanding teachers. The names that immediately come to mind are these: Rudolf Schnackenberg, professor of New Testament at Wuerzburg, Germany, Wolfhart Pannenberg, professor of systematics at the University of Munich, and professor Leo Scheffz…

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Christians around the world are celebrating “Holy Week,” which culminates in Easter this Sunday. During Holy Week, I normally take a point of personal privilege in this space to discuss my faith.

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This part of our conversation will only take less than a minute because it deals with a subject that is still quite sore for those of us who pull for the Auburn Tigers.