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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
“In a higher world it may be otherwise, but, here below, to live is to change and to be perfect, is to have changed often.” St. John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
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.
Imagine living in a place where a dangerous criminal is captured by authorities, and then the criminal’s colleagues overrun the city with high-powered rifles and machine guns mounted on vehicles.