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Recently, my wife Paula and I had a close encounter of the marsupial kind out on our patio. It was about 9 p.m. when I heard a muffled scream followed by a clear "Bob, come here quick." I dashed through the house to the back door where Paula was looking through the glass door and pointing at…

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The annual United Way campaign is in full swing and, at last count, we’ve reached $133,360, 14 percent   of our overall goal. We know we have a long way to go, but we’re encouraged daily as we see more and more members of our community choose to give and become part of something much bigger.

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This letter is a response to the two letters from pro-life (i.e., anti-abortion-legalization) advocates that appeared in the Villager issue of Oct. 8. I am pro-choice (i.e., pro-abortion-legalization). I do not, however, regard the pro-life view as “wrong” or untenable. To me, it is a view t…

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President Trump calls himself pro-life but that was not always the case. He has changed his political affiliation four times. In 1987, Trump was a Republican but switched to the Reform Party in 1999, and declared himself “very pro-choice.” Trump then became a Democrat from 2001-2008. In 2009…

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Before we get started with this week's conversation, a correction. 

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What can we do for Trump, Pence, Biden and Harris? Yes, vote. But as Christians, we are called to do something else ... pray! 

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By definition, you know you're getting old when you start doing things normally associated with "old people." I thought during this conversation we'd review some of the things only old people would remember doing. 

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Tommy Tuberville was a good football coach at Auburn — so good that I hated to see him leave. Now, many Alabama residents – an estimated three-fourths of a million of them — think he will make a good U.S. Senator.

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A month ago we launched our 2020-21 campaign here at the United Way of Lee County with the goal of raising $925,000 — and all the feelings of 2020. While this amount is similar to years past, our whole world is looking much, much different. 

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We’re anxious and we know it. The economy has us stressed and stretched. The upcoming election has us separated and suspicious. The pandemic has us sanitized and social-distanced. Yet we are not the first, nor will we be the last, to face such adversity. 

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Most all of us have had a special pet in our lives. Whether it was a dog or cat, or some exotic animal like a bird or fish. For Paula and me, it was Charlie Brown who left us for doggie heaven last Christmas.

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My wife and I were shocked to hear that President Trump and the First Lady contracted Covid-19. Hence, we prayed for them that they have a complete and speedy recovery. No one deserves to get this horrendous virus. Covid-19 is completely non-political and marches to its own non-partisan tune…

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Last week, I read an article in Inc. Magazine about Chuck Feeney. Writer Bill Murphy Jr. described Chuck Feeney as his hero as well as the hero of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and many other wealthy millionaires and billionaires. 

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You think doing your tax returns is difficult, try figuring out how to pick the top team in college football for this crazy year of 2020. 

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Each time there is an open place on the U.S. Supreme Court, the issue that towers above others is abortion — whether the new justice will rule in favor of overturning the decades-old landmark decision that said that a woman has a right to an abortion under her constitutionally protected righ…

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It's official. The season has changed from summer to fall. When my wife Paula and I got up this morning, she called for me to come outside to the patio to sample the brisk fall air that somehow made it into our part of the country. The cooler air with less of our usual stifling humidity was …

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It is difficult to analyze the tangled relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. On the one hand, Trump greatly admires the way Putin runs Russia like a dictator, poisoning opponents like Alexei Navalny with a chemical weapon and nerve agent like Novichok, smashing protesters usi…

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In March and April, the idea that college football players would return to the gridiron for the 2020 season seemed a stretch, at best — most of the country was locked down and spring sports, including spring practice for football, were nixed. 

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This September marks the 250th anniversary of the first Universalist sermon in North America. 

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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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“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.