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Recently, the subject of dangerous jobs came up in a conversation I was having with a friend.

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A few weeks ago, several of us from Auburn UMC traveled to visit and work with our partner church, First UMC of Port St. Joe Florida.

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Ever wonder how the cable TV political talk shows got so ugly and argumentative?

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If I've said it once, I've said it a couple dozen times — words mean something. But how did we get around to using certain words in the first place?

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By nature, I’m an optimist, but lately I worry that my beloved country is on a downward spiral for three reasons: (1) our national debt is off the charts, (2) the U.S. and Russia have decided to scrap the Intermediate range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)they signed in 1987, thus bringing about …

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What is a Unitarian Universalist? It’s a question I’ve had come up numerous times, even more so since I became a minister in the faith as the natural next question after you tell a curious acquaintance you’re a Unitarian Universalist minister is, “What’s that?”

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"Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in... Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." — Winston Churchill.  

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When my husband and I considered where to settle down, we had a handful of requirements beyond gainful employment — a good hospital, a place where you didn’t have to know about block heaters for cars in the winter (warm, thank you very much), a landscape with natural water beyond playas, and…

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Recently, I told someone that in Bo Nix I felt Auburn had signed its best quarterback out of high school since Pat Sullivan in the late 1960s (“out of high school” would eliminate Cam Newton, since he was a transfer). 

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Recently, I got an email from Clay Buhl whose wife Ivy (Berman), as we knew her at WSFA TV, had passed away last month.

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A few weeks ago, we had a conversation about smart phones and the long list of tasks they perform. One of those tasks is at the top of the list for TV stations looking for a way to lock in viewers day and night.

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Eighteen years ago I arrived on the campus of Indiana University for my first semester of college. 

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As a youngster, I considered the U.S. to be a safe and secure country. However, in my twenties, I came to the realization that security is a relative term. If a president like John F. Kennedy (who had the Secret Service guarding him) could be assassinated then no one is safe.

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In the big swamp of innuendo and falsehood, known as Washington D.C., we find The Donald, the rumormonger who trumps them all.

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Some time ago, The Villager ran stories about the planned stand-alone emergency room for Auburn, and other media have reported on it extensively of late. The venture amounts to a good example of the city of Auburn, East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) and Auburn University working together for…

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I have not done any research, but I have an old-fashioned hunch that one of the most repeated phrases in all of history is “Stop running in the house!”

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Fifty years ago, a lot of my friends thought it was cool to be a hippie.

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In past years, debates over economic policy have focused on the best application of sound economic principles — free markets based on voluntary exchange, prices determined by supply and demand, consumer sovereignty, free trade, limited government intervention and fiscal responsibility. These…

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In this conversation,  I thought I would share a couple examples of the things I consider odd and funny that happened to me over the last few weeks.

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As August begins, our community refocuses on one of its greatest strengths — education.

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A gentleman emailed me recently, incensed over what he perceived as an insinuation in my column about the departure of Dr. Steven Leath that Iowa State was an inferior institution to Auburn.

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What's the one thing that people around the world couldn't do without for any length of time? I'm not talking about food or water or any of the necessities of life. I'm talking about something optional to your existence as a human being.

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The word “authentic” isn’t spoken much these days. That’s because authentic means “the real deal — genuine.” There’s very little, if any, genuineness around in 2019. 

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The committee of legislators, state officials and prominent citizens studying ways to improve Alabama prisons met for the first time this week. And the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy, as the committee is called, faces a very difficult task.

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The next time you use GPS for navigation or secure Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, you'll find a connection to a comedy film and a gorgeous movie star born in Vienna. Let's begin with the movie.

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The sun blazes and is nearly unbearable. Afternoon thunderstorms thicken the air, leaving it stuffy and anything but cool.

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I've begun to lose track of all the television programs and written accounts dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the U.S. space program, NASA and its Apollo 11 flight to the moon.

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In a letter on July 21, 1944, to his longtime friend, Eberhard Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while in prison, recalled a conversation he had some years ago with a young French pastor. They discussed what they both wanted out of life.

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This weekend (the 20th), it will have been three years since I suffered a stroke. Little did I know as I drove home from work that day that in literally a split second my life was about to change forever.

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It  seems the whole country is preparing to relive an event that happened 50 years ago — the first manned mission to the moon.

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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.