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Dr. Bill Deutsch, a retired researcher and educator at Auburn University who recently delighted readers with his ability to communicate scientific concepts to an audience of laypersons, has followed up his acclaimed work on Alabama rivers with a new book titled "Ancient Life in Alabama: The …

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At this time a year ago, our feeling of normalcy tilted firmly toward trepidation of an unknown killer hitchhiking its way into our community — the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, were arriving in the Loveliest Village.

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Recently, I was watching TV and came across a fascinating program (at least it was to me) featuring people who choose —for whatever reason — to live off the grid in frozen Alaska.

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A lot of people have fretted over Auburn’s proposed short-term rental (the “STR”) ordinance. Thus far, many people, particularly the majority of Auburn’s elected officials, have viewed the proposed ordinance as simply a means for bringing a noncompliant use into compliance, as a supplemental…

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A renter’s perspective: When our daughter was an infant, my wife and I were invited to a friend’s wedding in Knoxville. We wanted to stay somewhere that had multiple rooms because our daughter was a light sleeper. We also needed to be close to downtown since that is where the wedding party a…

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As I was preparing this week's conversation, I found out how treatment of some of the most dreadful diseases known to man are literally going to the dogs. 

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The failure of the electrical power system in Texas, which left millions without heat and other necessities during very cold weather, is beyond awful. Why did this happen?

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To this observer of the hours-long Feb. 16 Auburn City Council meeting, one Councilperson’s multi-part amendment (which was adopted) to the “Short-term Rental/Homestay Ordinance” looks like an eleventh-hour strategy to undermine the years of work done by the Planning Commission and the Task …

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e careful where you step. There are lots of rabbit holes out there, and they are not easy to spot. 

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You might say we're living by the numbers. Here's more on what I'm talking about.

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We’re a dog family. Right now, I’m sharing a couch with six pooches. Every time my husband Joe walks by six heads rise, 12 ears prick, 12 eyes sparkle. Then all gazes turn to me. “Will she get up?” they seem to ask before Joe disappears into the next room. 

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Big news! The Gopher Tortoise Council held its 44th annual meeting last weekend in Freeport, Florida. Gopher tortoise champions and researchers gathered to discuss recent regulations, status updates and best conservation practices for these important reptiles.

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It has been several months since I wrote for the Auburn Villager. Several subscribers have either in person or by letter ask that I continue writing. I decided I will pen an article every four to six weeks, as opposed to writing three columns a month. In this article I tackle a puzzling ques…

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It sure is hot outside. It’s hard to believe that we recently celebrated the arrival of a highly anticipated annual event at our house: turning on the heat! Alas, only cool air blew from the vents. A quick $100 visit from a repairman determined that rats had built a nest directly over the he…

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Sometimes laws become outdated and begin to have negative consequences for the people they were originally meant to help. When that happens, it becomes necessary to vote out the old law to make way for an improved system.

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I can’t believe it. Once again, National Mule Day (October 26) has come and gone, and I forgot to celebrate this noble beast. I suppose I can tweak things a bit and use this week’s space to share a true story of a little donkey named Jeremiah who stole my heart many years ago. 

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On Monday, the Bryan Harsin era at Auburn came to a merciful end with a press release abruptly sent out just before noon that didn't even mention the second-year head coach by name. 

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He was short in size, thin as a leaf. Twenty-nine years of smoking, drinking and drugging had worn him out. At age 29, his sickly heart gave out.

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I’ve always harbored a quiet love for blue jays, those oft-maligned backyard beauties. When folks speak harshly of them I usually come back with a feeble, “But they’re so pretty,” to which no one can argue. 

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I’m mad for squirrels. I’ve contemplated dedicating a column to them previously, but squirrels? The pests in our attics, the thieves of our birdfeeders, and the tormentors of our dogs? 

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Last year, I was gifted a membership to the Capri Theater in Montgomery by someone who found out I love independent films. Since then, my partner and I have made it a regular practice to have a date night: watching a film we can’t watch anywhere else in the area.

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When given the time, everything old becomes new again. Blue jeans and T-shirts are perfect examples of that old saying.

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October is a glorious time to stroll amongst the wildflowers, those hearty blossoming plants some people call weeds. I’ve always appreciated the golds of goldenrod and the purples of American Beautyberries. I also love haircap mosses, pixie cup lichens, late boneset, blue curls, false foxglo…

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My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding 

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Despite an unorthodox childhood, we had one traditional pastime: the summer vacation to the beach. We stayed at “Orange Beach Cottages,” where pastel cottages named after flowers nestled on a rustic spit of land. 

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We need Will Rogers around today. The folksy cowboy philosopher would make grand humor of our politicians and their foibles, just as he did back in the late 1920s and early '30s with the zany politics of his time.

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Like all self-respecting children, my brother Robert and I tried to dig a hole to China in our backyard. We didn’t get there, but we did dig an impressive pit. 

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After last Saturday's embarrassing 41-12 whooping at the hands of Penn State, it seems clear that Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin likely won't be walking the sidelines at Jordan-Hare Stadium next season barring a miraculous turnaround on both the field and recruiting front. 

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Mid-September mornings in Alabama bring a tease of cooler temperatures, though the month repeatedly disappoints with insufferable heat as soon as the sun crests over the trees. Still, here I am, sitting on the porch with coffee and dogs, loving the chill on my bare arms. I welcome winter, un…

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We finally tossed my dad’s ashes into the river. I debated admitting this publicly, but after checking the books I understand that we didn’t break any laws, so here we are.

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We awoke the morning of July 23, 1954, with armed soldiers roaming the downtown streets in Phenix City, specifically in the 14th Street strip of night clubs that offered gambling, illegal drugs and prostitution.

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I have long been an admirer of Auburn University historian Wayne Flynt’s work, and with his incisive biography of Nelle Harper Lee, "Afternoons with Harper Lee," he outdid himself. 

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Well, it happened. I made a big gaffe in my column last week, writing Panthera onca (jaguar) when I meant Panthera pardus (leopard). This cuts to the core not only because I know the scientific names of these cats, but also because one of them, the jaguar, is my favorite. To clarify last wee…

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Do you remember the Antique’s Road Show program that still appears from time to time on the Alabama Public Broadcasting station? 

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Labor Day, which makes its annual arrival Monday, is our nation’s most peculiar holiday. We take a day off from the grind to celebrate the grind.

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Growing up, few people in my hometown seemed to care a lot about the celebration of the Labor Day holiday. 

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I must have seen five gray rat snakes this week. That’s good; they are one of my favorites. It’s common knowledge that these snakes are beneficial. They keep the rodent populations down and pose no threat to humans or our pets, except maybe the chicken owners (again) who might lose a few egg…

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We talked last time about going on assignment to England back in 1985. We were traveling with former U.S. Postmaster General Wynton “Red” Blount and his wife, Carolyn, documenting their role in moving the Alabama Shakespeare Festival from Anniston to Montgomery. All it took was a dream and a…

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Back in my teenage days, I once came home and found an angry, frightened fox huddled on a blanket in the corner of the kitchen. 

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Big Mary’s Bama Club, our neighborhood’s watering hole and gambling den, was located about a block from where I grew up in Phenix City, at a time when the town was still wild and lawless.

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One of the highlights of my career in television was traveling abroad covering stories that had local impact. One of those trips I made had to do with the construction of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival complex now located in Montgomery — having moved from Anniston, Alabama in 1985.

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Dust off the box fans and grab the OFF! It’s almost time to celebrate World Mosquito Day! August 20, 2022, marks the 125th anniversary of the day Sir Ronald Ross discovered that mosquitoes carry malaria, thus changing the course of history. 

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One of the best features about social media is the ability to follow people or organizations that you have a real interest in. 

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The Auburn men's basketball team just wrapped up a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Holy Land that will likely pay dividends in both the short-term and long-term for the players, coaches and all involved.