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When you are in the TV business, you must play the promotional game, too. Every so often I would be sent to New York City for a promotional event with news anchors from NBC stations across the country. (I did not want to make you think it was just for our station.)

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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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This past Monday, Jan. 17, was the 93rd birthday anniversary of a man of destiny, a Southerner like you and me, who used the power of his oratorical skills and persuasion and his courage to advance the quality of life for millions of Americans. 

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I was a kid of the '80s and '90s. I grew up watching cheesy sitcoms and getting to know families who, though they were completely fictional, felt like old friends. 

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My wife and I were reminiscing about our childhoods the other day and, in particular, dumb things I had done that ended in a bloody mess — literally. Now, don’t be scared off from sharing the time necessary to finish today’s conversation just because I mentioned blood. I survived and was not…

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All the news over the past week has included reports on the passing of Betty White .... who was only a few weeks away from her 100th birthday. 

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My crystal ball tells me we’ll have to be awfully careful lest we come down with Covid-19 in the next three months of winter. Not a joyful thought. Maximizing our stay-at-home life can be both difficult, boring and lonely since we humans are by nature social beings. 

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There were two major events during the 20th century that stand out for me:  the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989. These two events came seemingly out of nowhere, surprising the heck out of me.

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Over the days after Christmas, I was thinking back on some of the special sayings my dad and others passed along to me. When asked how to handle a particularly sticky situation, Daddy would remind me of one saying that he swore by. After hearing the particulars of the situation, he would tak…

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As far as years go, 2021 started off on a hopeful note — the vaccine rollout was poised to beat the Covid-19 pandemic into submission; the White House would be welcoming a new resident in President Joe Biden after four years of a Trump presidency that, for one reason or another, was constant…

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My most nightmarish Christmas memory dates back to a time more than half a century ago, when our American military soldiers — there were no women trained for combat then — were treated like second-class citizens, or worse. 

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In 2006, the Auburn Villager was founded to fill a need for hyperlocal, community-based news in Auburn, with a model fashioned from the award-winning Auburn Bulletin that served this community, in one form or another, for decades. From 2006 until now, the Villager has resisted raising its su…

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“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.”   

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It appears I am always cleaning out parts of my home office and finding things to share with you. This week, my findings have put us in a patriotic mood ... so much so, I will test your knowledge of the American Declaration of Independence. The answers can be found at the end of this week’s …

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A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first isolated and characterized from South Africa on Nov. 9. This “variant of concern” is designated "Omicron" by the World Health Organization for the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. 

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All of us are on a fast track today, speeding toward a digital world while we leave the printed word in the rear view mirror.

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On Nov. 27, the Auburn Tigers held Nick Saban to the fewest points in the first three quarters since he came to Alabama in 2007. Has any team in Bama’s history taken the Tide to four overtimes and, to boot, held them scoreless for three quarters? I don’t think so.

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My favorite December is the Winter Solstice, known to the ancients as the Yule, the shortest day of the year, when the North Pole reaches its maximum tilt away from the sun. The ancients marked the solstice because it reminded them of their dependence on the Earth. The winter could be downri…

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While rummaging around my cluttered office closet, I came across a list of Murphy’s Law and Corollaries from it. My good friend Rex Roach compiled the long list of the different laws with an eye toward me utilizing them in a future column.

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Picture this — it’s Halloween weekend. In his first year coaching on the Plains, Auburn’s Bryan Harsin had just pulled off an upset win over a top-10 team in Ole Miss. The Tigers post a 6-2 record, and are in control of their own destiny in the SEC West.

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The title of comedian Bob Hope’s theme song best describes most all of my family’s Thanksgiving Day feasts together.

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This weekend as we enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers and cheer on our favorite team, many churches prepare for the celebration of Advent. The word advent comes from the Latin word meaning “adventus” or coming. I like to think of the word advent as related to the word “adventure.” Every year about…

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It’s apparent that we live in a time of political polarization that appears to be increasing rather than decreasing. Republicans and Democrats are at each other’s throat like two feral cats in a dark alley. We’re a deeply divided nation and seemingly nothing can break the gigantic log-jam be…

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It’s almost Thanksgiving. That means it’s time to cut back on our consumption of food and drink so that we’ll have lots of room left for the “eating holiday.” 

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“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

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There was plenty of excitement to go around when the Atlanta Braves won the World Series over the Astros in Houston last week. A die-hard group of Braves fans made the trip to Texas and made as much championship noise as possible. 

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“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg, even  though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”         

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I spent most of last week re-reading Winston Groom’s World War I nonfiction book, “A Storm in Flanders.”

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Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for another cohort to receive Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine, giving emergency use authorization for a pediatric dose for children ages 5 to 11 years old. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signing off on t…

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When I was a grown man, husband and father, my mother would still send me little reminders about the proper pronunciation of words she would hear me say while I was anchoring the news on WSFA-TV 12. 

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Greg Bradshaw never met a stranger. As the "Mayor of Downtown Auburn," as he was unofficially known, he kissed babies, shook hands and struck up conversations along the streets downtown like a seasoned politician for decades, and never forgot a name.

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Sometimes, the terms morality and ethics are thought to be synonymous words. I say that there’s a difference between morality and ethics. Morality has to do with the goodness or badness of an action. Ethics or moral philosophy is a science dealing with human activity and being using reason a…

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On Monday, October 18, our country lost a great leader when Colin Powell, an esteemed military and diplomatic figure, died after contracting Covid-19 while undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma.