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Life is precious.  The death of my father when I was 17 years old taught me that. My heart attack six months ago taught me that. My wife being pregnant six times taught me that. She delivered four healthy babies at EAMC, but also experienced two miscarriages. Again, life is precious.

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Long before the Beatles took America by storm in 1963, there was a young Southern singer with sideburns and a curled top lip from a Tennessee river town that turned American music upside down.

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Have you circled February 2, 2020 on your calendar? It's a double-doozy for those who follow the NFL and the groundhog prognosticator known as Punxsutawney Phil. (Not to mention it's Lisa Rickey's birthday ... but I digress.)

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Something that can be kind of hard sometimes is figuring out what fruits and vegetables are cheaper, readily available, and taste better at different points throughout the year. One of the hardest times to figure that out is winter. It’s not just mac n’ cheese and mashed potatoes, either. 

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Have you ever had a moment of realization in which you discover that something you felt so sure of was actually totally wrong? If you’re honest, I bet there have been many of those times. For some of you, you probably felt embarrassed to discover that Africa is a continent and not a country.…

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How's your memory these days? I took an online memory test and did well. That got me to thinking about what smart phones are doing to our memories.

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A few weeks ago I read a news story that spoke to me about people and life. The USA Today article told of a woman who lived in an apartment in Compiègne, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris. The reporter shared how the woman owned a small piece of artwork that hung over a hot plat…

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So, the holiday rush is finally over and now it’s back to our ho hum daily lives again. Without all of that extra time on our hands, cooking times can be a little bit more difficult to slide into our daily routines. So what are some ways we can make sure to keep our beloved family time intac…

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This will likely be the most difficult conversation you and I will ever have. It follows the passing of our dear, sweet dog Charlie Brown. 

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My dad gave me his copy of Dale Carnegie’s book “The Power of Positive Thinking” when I turned 16. Little did I know then that positive words do lead to positive thinking and living.

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This past week, I decided to experiment with Facebook ads to promote our congregation’s Christmas Eve service.

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Do you still make New Year's resolutions? I'll be honest with you; I have such a dismal track record of keeping the resolutions I've made over the years that it is ludicrous to even consider making even making ANY for the year ahead.

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Being a native son of Alabama, I am very aware of the importance of “place” and “family” in daily life, thus the question is common — “Where are you from?”

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Some folks are all upset that buying online has taken the fun out of Christmas shopping. To people who feel that way, I say "Bah humbug!" I get into the Christmas spirit in front of my computer as much as I do when I find myself out in the masses trying to find those perfect gifts for loved …

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Impeachment was “an essential security for the good behavior” of the president otherwise “he will spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself re-elected.” — William Davie, Founding Father from North Carolina

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Saturday, I spent much of the afternoon responding to emails about cost of living adjustments (COLAs), or lack thereof, for retired state employees and teachers in response to a recent column I had written.

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Wireless providers are promising a revolution in mobile data with 5G. Just add “/5G” to the web address of any of the major cell phone carriers to see what they plan to offer. The City of Auburn is excited to work with them on getting 5G locally, but we need to talk about how they’re trying …

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Most well-known singers discovered early in their careers that you need to record several Christmas albums (or singles). That's because your songs are guaranteed to be played regularly during the holidays — no questions asked.

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If there is one thing I look forward to when I am going to any holiday dinner it is the pie.

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A few decades ago in the early 1980s, a majority of retirement plans — about 60 percent, according to CNN Money — were so-called “defined benefit” programs. Today, the figure is around 4 percent.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, so why are so many of us sad and unhappy at the most wonderful time of the year? Could it be utensil placement?

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For the last 85 years, we've been singing along to "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." And almost as long, parents have used this song to try to get their children to behave.

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Nothing is quite as horrible and shocking as murder. Yet, nothing turns us on more than a darn good murder mystery.

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Several thoughts made the cut to be the topics of our conversation this week.

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It seems like I’ve heard a thousand “holiday” messages about the importance of gratitude, family, and tradition. As a pastor, it’s difficult to say something new and fresh year after year since gratitude, family and tradition really are important pillars of our faith and community.

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This time of year, we try to count our blessings. Of course, faith, family and friends come first. No different this year, but I think I will add my home state of Alabama near the top of the list. After all the subject is topical, because Dec. 4 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for t…

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Cats, for the most part, just tolerate people. I saw a sign the other day that said how you own a dog, but cats just put up with you and wait to be fed.

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A few weeks ago I was in a staff meeting at Auburn UMC and feeling the excitement of our church staff as we finalized plans for Advent and Christmas.

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You may have noticed from The Villager’s front page today that my wife, Nikki, and I have bought out our partners, Charles and Ernest Whatley, and are now 100 percent owners of The Auburn Villager newspaper and website, auburnvillager.com.

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Did you ever stop and realize that virtually everything on earth has a name? And that means that in most cases, there is a story behind the name.

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It has been said that a TV program lives and dies by its ratings. So, how do the rating services know which program you and your family are watching? 

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Months before the March primaries, Alabama’s U.S. Senate race just keeps getting more interesting. In fact, many political observers feel that it could be one of the most hotly contested races in the nation.

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The year was 1959, 60 years ago. So what was going on when my class was three months into our sixth grade year?

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I recently found myself carefully explaining a church revival to our Jewish kids, and in the process, reflecting on Jewish renewal and conversion.

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Responsible journalists are under siege across the U.S. and in nations around the world. This fact doesn’t seem logical, because people want and need the truth.

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In the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Common Worship there is a phrase that more than once finds its way into the prayer of confession: 

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Alabama may be the locale of some interesting political races in 2020. The U.S. Senate is going to be a knock down, drag out race.

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These days, I have noticed an increase in the number of people who have tattoos. When I was a kid, tattoos were synonymous with sailors and other men who made their living working on ships that sailed the seven seas or who were carnies traveling with circuses and county fairs.

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When it comes to dirt, political dirt is pure gold. Uncovering dirt on an opponent can just about guarantee you a win.

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Admittedly, when I hear the sound of children running through the Fellowship Hall of the church, it puts a smile on my face.

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Most presidents making calls to foreign presidents and dignities have their aides and intelligence experts on speaker phone.