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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. 

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Pat Cobb states that the purpose of her writings in A Fine Ride is entertainment and reflection, or in her words, “to write down some experiences for whatever family history and/or entertainment value they may be,” and “for a greater understanding of your neighbor and yourself.” She has acco…

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On Sunday morning as I walk through the hallways of the church, I am reminded the walls are layered with the extraordinary hopes and overwhelming concerns of our lives. The walls stand as a witness to the high joys and costly burdens of life, which are always silent stowaways and unspoken at…

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The 2020 race for the U.S. Senate became more intriguing this past weekend when former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville announced he is running for the Republican nomination.

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There is at least one factor common to the exodus of people of Central America to the U.S., the civil war in Syria, and the fleeing of residents of the Sahel in Africa to Europe. That factor is drought, which scientists report has been worsened by human caused climate change, resulting from …

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St. Michael Catholic Parish was blessed on March 22 to dedicate a 150-seat chapel located at 342 N. College Street. 

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A friend told me recently that he would not trade Bruce Pearl for any college basketball coach in America. Based on Auburn’s performance the past week or so, I would be hard pressed to disagree with him.

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When I was a college student in the ’60s, folks often asked me “What is your major?” College students are often asked that question, mainly because a college education costs oodles of money. For that reason, students want to know how they can find a good paying job with their college degree.

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Our lives have all been affected by the tornadoes which devastated our communities in Lee County. Within a small square-footage area, the tornado ripped apart homes, trees and anything in its path. Twenty-three people lost their lives and several homes were completely destroyed. Words do not…

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Bernie Sanders’ grab for the Oval Office came and went four years ago. He had a slim chance of winning then and no chance of winning now.

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“Common Core,” the national school standards originally the idea of the National Governors Association, have suddenly and surprisingly become a hot topic in the Alabama Legislature.

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Spring is upon us ... and that brings back lots of wonderful memories from my childhood.  

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My youngest will listen to me read chapter after chapter from a grownup’s mystery novel (edited on the fly for content) but no longer wants to read Harry Potter. I sometimes bargain with him to let me read HP, and his interest picks up, but it’s never his go-to. 

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In his State of the Union address on June 29th, 2002, President George W. Bush famously called Iraq, Iran, and North Korea the “axis of evil.” Pres. Bush made this statement in order to rally the nation against countries that he thought sponsored terrorism and/or desired to make weapons of m…

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Folks who live in and around Flomaton down in Escambia County along the Florida line have noticed some unusual seismic activity in the last couple of weeks. Yes, there have been earthquakes felt in southwest Alabama ... three of them since March 6th! 

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With so many of President Trump’s closest allies facing the possibility of prison time, presidential pardons is a topical issue right now. And the issue that towers over the others is whether the president may pardon himself.

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One morning not long ago, I was sitting at our breakfast bar doing a crossword puzzle to try and shake the cobwebs out of my half-awake brain. 

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Most of us are familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, either through reading the books or seeing the movies. The story of four little hobbits and how their story intersects and inhabits the larger story captivates us. 

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Auburn’s “second” football season starts Monday when spring training begins. And all eyes will be on the quarterback competition, since coach Gus Malzahn hopes to name a starter by the end of spring drills.

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It’s a conundrum we’ve lived with since the birth of civilization: why bad things, like killer tornadoes or deadly storms, happen to good people.

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One recurring issue before the Alabama Legislature is whether the state of Alabama should be in the liquor business and operate so-called "state stores."

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The older I get, the more I'm convinced that we have more than our share of good people living around us. People who are willing to share what they have with total strangers who are hurting and in need. Of course I'm referencing the tragic tornado that ripped through our part of the world on…