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Sydney Sims’ news article in last week’s Villager about the heroic actions of Kounte Threadgill during a tragic home fire touched me in many ways.

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I admit it. There's a lot I don't know about the state where I was born and raised. How about you? Alabama has a lot of surprising natives who had certain talents that may have flown under the radar, so to speak. 

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In the Catholic Church, like other liturgical communities, we have set readings for the entire year for each Sunday that follow the seasons of the church calendar and certain themes throughout the year.  

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When I was just a lad, my Dad said I should learn that "money didn't grow on trees." So by the time I could handle mowing our lawn, I decided it was time to put that theory to the test. 

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The High Holy Days are rolling around again: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Weren’t we here a few months ago? It seems so, but the kids are taller, and my oldest is studying for her bat mitzvah. I guess another year really has gone by. 

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We celebrated National Dog Day last week. To be honest, I had never heard of National Dog Day, but  I had nothing but great canine memories to celebrate.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month and it's important that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From lear…

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“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown great resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe.”

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Hurricanes are a fact of life for folks who enjoy living on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. But Mother Nature's version of the spin cycle on your washing machine is just like paying taxes — you don't look forward to it but you know it's going to happen. 

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Mr. Trump was able to win the 2016 election on the basis of his status as a billionaire, TV personality, and with the help of Russia under Vladimir Putin. Yet, he has shown himself unable to govern effectively and come up with a plan to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. In this piece, I will re…

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When I was student, from elementary school through my master’s program, I always enjoyed the beginning of the school year. Of course I was sad to see summer vacation come to an end, but I liked school, and the first day of classes made me optimistic about the semester to come. 

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Your Villager newspaper is what we journalists call a weekly — meaning, as it sounds, published once a week. 

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I consider myself to be a “cradle Catholic.” It began with my baptism about a month after my birth. My parents were both Catholics, my Dad of Slovak origin, hence my last name, and my Mom of Italian origin. All three of my grandparents emigrated to the U.S., except for my paternal grandfathe…

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Ever since our sons came along we have put up one or two bird feeders on the yard. In fact, I've become quite good at designing and building the feeding stations. I make my feeders big — usually 2 feet square with a large roof with plenty of overhang. I began making them big in order to acco…

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Sometimes, it seems we are at the mercy of a raging rollercoaster carrying us through a dark tunnel that is twisting and turning us as it wills. All we can do is scream and hold tight.

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When I came to Auburn in 1984, I was invited to a luncheon by the Auburn University School of Nursing. At the time I came to AU as Chair of the Department of Religion. In a conversation with some of the nursing faculty, a professor asked me the question, “Have you found a Church yet?” 

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Just the other day, I was reading Facebook when I came across a post from a high school classmate of mine who was writing about what it was like to load up his extremely large family for a weekend trip to one of the local drive-in movie theaters.

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Traditionally presidential election campaigns have kicked off soon after Labor Day. That was largely because of the influence of unions on elections. This year, it seems we are already in a campaign.

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“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” (Colossians 3:8, ESV)

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With Covid-19, the entire human race now lives in a fog, unaware of where we’re headed. It’s like we’re on a gigantic cruise ship, plowing through a thick fog, sirens blaring, thus warning other ships to beware. Passengers cannot see the sun and much less are the stars and sky open to their …

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We never miss something important to us until it's gone ... even temporarily. 

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During last Sunday’s online worship service, a small ensemble of singers sang the spiritual, “We have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, trusting in His holy Word, He’s never failed us yet, Singin’ oh, oh, oh, can’t turn around, We’ve come this far by faith.” 

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One of the great pleasures I experienced during my career in TV news was the opportunity to interview some very interesting people. I've interviewed politicians, actors, sports figures, scientists, and many, many other newsmakers.

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Alabama’s general election is less than 100 days away now and it is turning out to be of more importance than we imagined. 

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I believe Gov. Kay Ivey acted appropriately in ordering flags to be flown  at half-staff in honor of native son and pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, Congressman John Lewis, and for him to lie in state in the Alabama State Capitol. But I didn’t always hold this view. I grew up in Alabama…

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In an unreleased report, the CDC classifies Alabama as a Red State. This label has nothing to do with our well-deserved classification as a Red State politically. Rather, much more importantly, the classification means that Alabama has entered a stage of increased Covid virus cases that warr…

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With the governor of Alabama mandating that all Alabamians were facial masks in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, just about everybody in our part of the state seems to be complying. Everywhere you go you see people wearing all sorts of masks. There are patriotic masks festooned wi…

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In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs a rich young man in how to follow him: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21 NRSV) In an age of prosperity gospel preachers, …

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Over the weekend, the local Howell group played the game of name the state capitals. That's when we came across what I considered some fascinating facts about state capitals that I've never seen before.

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Two weeks ago, here at St. Michael Parish we sponsored a blood drive before and after our four Sunday Masses. 

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I’d say it was probably three or four weeks into quarantine when I put my finger on the extreme sense of déjà vu I’d been having for weeks. The emotions, exhaustion and anxieties I’d been experiencing since that fateful weekend in March when we’d all been thrust into a new life defined by Co…

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All my life, in work and in leisure, I’ve depended on the U.S. Postal Service. 

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My how things have changed. And, I think many of the changes have not been for the better.

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Alabama’s election is finally here. Election primaries will be Tuesday, the 14th, and the general election will be in November. Topping the ticket will be the presidential election, although President Trump is not expected to be seriously challenged in our state.

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Do you know what it's like to get a song "stuck" in your head? You hear it 24/7 until, for some unknown reason, it disappears as quickly as it appeared. This happens to me quite frequently when I get up in the middle of the night to visit the bathroom. Most of the time it's a song that I kno…