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I grew up in a Christian denomination that many would consider legalistic. That is, there were a lot of rules to follow, usually dictated by whatever my pastor considered to be sinful. Everything was up for grabs, from the way I dressed to the television and music I watched and the relations…

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At this time a year ago, our feeling of normalcy tilted firmly toward trepidation of an unknown killer hitchhiking its way into our community — the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, were arriving in the Loveliest Village.

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Recently, I was watching TV and came across a fascinating program (at least it was to me) featuring people who choose —for whatever reason — to live off the grid in frozen Alaska.

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A lot of people have fretted over Auburn’s proposed short-term rental (the “STR”) ordinance. Thus far, many people, particularly the majority of Auburn’s elected officials, have viewed the proposed ordinance as simply a means for bringing a noncompliant use into compliance, as a supplemental…

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A renter’s perspective: When our daughter was an infant, my wife and I were invited to a friend’s wedding in Knoxville. We wanted to stay somewhere that had multiple rooms because our daughter was a light sleeper. We also needed to be close to downtown since that is where the wedding party a…

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As I was preparing this week's conversation, I found out how treatment of some of the most dreadful diseases known to man are literally going to the dogs. 

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The failure of the electrical power system in Texas, which left millions without heat and other necessities during very cold weather, is beyond awful. Why did this happen?

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To this observer of the hours-long Feb. 16 Auburn City Council meeting, one Councilperson’s multi-part amendment (which was adopted) to the “Short-term Rental/Homestay Ordinance” looks like an eleventh-hour strategy to undermine the years of work done by the Planning Commission and the Task …

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e careful where you step. There are lots of rabbit holes out there, and they are not easy to spot. 

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You might say we're living by the numbers. Here's more on what I'm talking about.

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On any given day, we can be totally surprised by events with which we must cope, whether we want to or not. Recently, I noticed that the sunroof on my car had been smashed into a myriad pile of razor-sharp broken glass. I thought to myself, Did someone take a hammer to the sunroof in hopes o…

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When I got the news that I’d been hired as the 6 and 10 p.m. news anchor at WSFA-TV in Montgomery, I wanted to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. After a couple of hours, I was sure that I wasn’t. 

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The first week of football has finally come and gone. And, perhaps, it deserves some evaluation. When a team wins 60 – 10, it must be said that it performed well and its execution was good, even though Bryan Harsin was coaching in an entirely different league with a much bigger audience and …

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After rummaging through some old papers and photos in a box labeled “Troy State University Stuff,” I had a rush of memories from my college days. Specifically, the days when, for whatever reason I can’t recall, I decided it would be “cool” to join an acting group. It would show the world tha…

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A month ago, we thought things were getting better.  We could take off our masks around vaccinated friends, we could go out to eat — we felt safer going to church and to the grocery store. Then the Delta variant hit and it’s a game-changer, especially for children. Because of low vaccination…

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I am not asking to change your political views or your faith. All I am asking is for you to truly think about who to trust when it comes to Covid-19.

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I have had difficulty lately dealing with the daily news. Why so? There’s so much horrible news from the situation at the Kabul airport where 170-plus Afghans and 13 of our soldiers were killed to the situation in the U.S., where the Delta variant is killing thousands of our citizens on a da…

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I got to thinking the other day ... which is a dangerous thing for me to do. I was looking back on the celebrities I had met over my years in the TV business ...  specifically, singers and musicians.

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The following is written as a tribute to the volunteers that make youth sports programs work ... all across the country.

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I’m a neophyte when it comes to medicine, yet I have more questions than answers when it comes to the Delta strain or Covid B.1.617.2. 

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The full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for Covid-19 clears the way for companies and other entities to take a more aggressive approach and mandate that their employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment. It also clears the wa…

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Since 1995, when I moved to Auburn to attend college, I have had the good fortune to see many memorable and legendary musical acts in town — the Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson at Beard Eaves, Widespread Panic and Blues Traveler at the Indoor Arena, and Taj Mahal at the Supper Club, to nam…

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Fifty years ago, this weekend, Paula and I were married. By today’s standards, it was a simple wedding ceremony and reception afterwards. 

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Like many, much of my time over the summer was spent thinking about “guidelines.” As both an individual and as a pastor, I have followed reports from health officials to discern what guidelines my community and I should follow as the number of Covid-19 cases rises in our county. 

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This editorial is not intended to offend; it is a plea for an acceptance of reality and to prevent unnecessary illness, misery and death. 

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A brief compilation of how I survived before getting a real job in TV.

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We just completed a sermon series at Auburn United Methodist Church where we spent time this summer reclaiming some of the important truths of our faith. We revisited the stories of Creation, Noah and the Ark, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Ruth and Naomi, to name a few. In other words, we reache…

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Recently, my wife and I flew from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (ATL) to MacArthur Airport in Long Island (Islip) on Southwest Airlines. We got up at 3 a.m. (Central Time) in order to make our flight at 8:45 a.m. (Eastern Time). We couldn’t take the Groome’s Shuttle Service from Auburn …

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When I was a youngster, I looked forward to being in the seventh grade and playing in the Geneva High School marching band. 

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Newspapers, especially big-city dailies, love to thunder editorially on their sacred responsibility to keep readers informed on important issues and to protect our freedom of speech. 

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Sitting in a Buddhist zendo in Evanston, Illinois, my senses were supposed to be focused on the meditation around me. I came there in 2013 for a sesshin, a week-long residential, silent meditation retreat in the suburbs of Chicago. It was day five and I felt very relaxed, especially after an…

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There are a significant number of Americans who have not been vaccinated because they wanted to wait to have more information concerning the long-term effects of the Covid-19 vaccines. 

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The Southeastern Conference is expected to make a move as soon as this week that will drastically alter the landscape of college football — adding two of the premier sports brands in the country to what is already the NCAA's strongest athletic conference. 

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North Carolina writer Thomas Wolfe penned the novel, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” But you can.

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If you have satellite TV, you know what it's like to try and watch your favorite program in the middle of a rain storm. 

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Many of the conversations we share here in the Auburn Villager begin with words from my lovely and talented bride of nearly 50 years, Paula, and this will be another one.

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News may be defined as noteworthy information about recent or important events. The plural of our English word “new” comes from the Latin word “nova,” meaning “new things.” The major TV networks like ABC, CBS or NBC had journalists overseas who were foreign correspondents. They fired them in…

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Two weeks from today the Auburn Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks and Missouri Tigers will take the stage to wrap up day four, the final session of the 2021 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days at Hoover. None of those three teams is expected to be one of the favorites to win their division…

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It was a typical hot and muggy August evening in 1976 when my wife Paula and I rolled into Montgomery. We were driving from Nashville where I had interviewed for a job at a TV station in the Music City.

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Towns and cities with rivers running through or by them are few and far between on the American landscape.

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It’s difficult to be a Muslim today in the U.S. It seems that Muslims have replaced communists as the bad guys in the cultural wars. As a child living in Bayonne, New Jersey, I never heard of the words “Muslims” and “Islam.”  This was back in the Forties and Fifties.

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The Lone Ranger: If we ride together, we ride for justice.

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So may of our conversations begin with things I see on television. Take for instance last weekend when my wife Paula and I were watching a number of documentaries from WWII. The most memorable one was a documentary on the Battle of Britain. During part of the program, the narrator mentioned …

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“Each religion is alone true, in the same way, each landscape, each picture, each poem, etc. is alone beautiful.”— Simone Weil 

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When I’m counseling people, I try to emphasize that we learn by way of contrast and by way of example. We can observe marriages and say, “I want to have a relationship like that.” Or, “I definitely don’t want to do it that way.” And since no relationship is perfect, you can learn by contrast…

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re officially in the summer season. I guess you could say it’s time to get used to high temperatures and soaring humidities. I can remember when I was doing the 6 p.m. and 10.p.m. newscasts, I had Tuesday and Thursday mornings free to take care of my jobs arou…