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