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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…

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I don't know if you're like me, but I don't pay attention to most commercials on TV. Though, there are some exceptions to that rule.

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The Alabama Legislature convenes for its 2019 regular session next week and so far the most talked about issue probably has been a proposed gasoline tax increase, although a proposed Medicaid expansion has gotten considerable ink lately, as influential groups like the Alabama Hospital Associ…

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The Russian cosmonaut, Gagarin, has the distinction of being the first person in outer space. This momentous event occurred in 1961. After returning to earth, Gagarin reportedly said, “No, I didn’t see God. I looked and looked but I didn’t see God.”

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About a year ago, a young adult member of St Michael Catholic Parish took his own life.

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A couple of years ago, my sweet wife subscribed to Reader's Digest — for me. She said it would be worth the price just to give me some ideas for our weekly conversations. And she was right.

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There was a time in my life that hearing and then seeing U.S. Army helicopters flying overhead was as commonplace in south Alabama as swatting mosquitoes on a hot summer evening.

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In his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul writes, “If I speak of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1

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How many of us in the south use “bless” for everything? Remember how the phrase “bless his heart” really meant "you’re so stupid" …ouch! But then, we’d give a little laugh. Mainly because we realized how many times someone could say that about us.

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Did you know that there is an "official sausage" of the Southeastern Conference? That's right, the Johnsonville company — "Family Owned Since 1945" is an official SEC sponsor. I had no idea we had our very own "official" sausage.

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Well, we got a dose of the movie "Christmas Vacation" this weekend. When they say the crapper is full, it’s full. 

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Rarely do I disagree with my friend Richard Penaskovic, but I feel a duty to express reservations on some, although not all, of the points in his recent column (published Jan. 17 in The Villager) in opposition to President Trump’s proposal to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

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For some odd reason, I like old things. Well-worn, scruffy, flaking, fading. Doesn’t matter. New has no appeal to me much anymore. 

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By the time I was old enough to be sent to the grocery store to pick up a forgotten item or two, my mother would dispatch me to the Piggly Wiggly in downtown Geneva.

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Imagine being an early pioneer — perhaps a Native American — traveling on your own with nothing more than word-of-mouth and celestial navigation to get you where you needed to go.

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For the whole month of January, I have been doing a "Seeing God" challenge. I have posted everyday about people I’ve met, experiences that I have had and observations of nature.

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It’s a truism that there’s two topics that polite people should avoid discussing — religion and politics. 

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I remember a time as a kid when my two brothers and I attempted to build a wall in our backyard from old cement blocks stored on our property.

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The Trump administration has been deeply divided in regard to its policy in Syria. President Trump himself keeps changing his mind about U.S. military involvement in Syria.

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Now that I'm no longer in the television news business, this year's inauguration for Gov. Kay Ivey and other elected officials sneaked up on me.

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Today is my dad’s birthday. He celebrated his last one in 1994. Less than six months later, he collapsed in a poolside chair and died.

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The turning of the calendar to 2019 reminds me of one of my favorite passages of scripture, John 20:19.

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Recently my friend Rex Roach and I were talking about growing up in our hometown of Geneva. 

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My wife Jean and I spent a delightful eight years living and working in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She taught school and wrote for the Ste. Genevieve Herald, the newspaper of which I was editor and publisher. 

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Between all the college football bowl games and holiday movies that also have a New Year's theme, I'm going to take you way back in time and place.

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Somewhere in the final months of 2018, I realized I needed to stop listening to public radio in front of my 4- and 6-year-old.

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The great Jewish historian, Josephus, writes about King Herod, who looms large in the story of Christmas.

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Those who want to reform the world must first reform themselves; purify their inner worlds of hatred, rancor, and jealousy; and adorn their outer worlds with virtue.” M. Fethullah Gülen

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The year 1958 was a great one if you were a 10-year-old who loved movies about men going into space.

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The Christian singer Brandon Heath has a wonderful, fun song I heard for the first time in late November. Here are the first two stanzas:

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My nightmarish yule memory dates back to a time when our American military men — there were no women trained for combat then — were treated like second-class citizens, or perhaps even less.