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Five hundred years ago, during the summer of 1521, a young soldier from northern Spain found himself injured and immobile, recovering from a cannonball wound received in battle. Until his injury, the goal of the young man, Ignatius of Loyola, had been to serve as a soldier and to make a name…

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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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During the first week in June, it was estimated that 40 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and 60 percent have received one dose. The Biden Administration has set a goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the U.S. population by July 4, since in the region of …

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When my family moved from Albany, New York to Auburn in 1984, the city had about 30,000 residents. Now, we have circa 68,000 residents. That’s roughly a 38,000 increase in population. 

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The phone rang about 8 p.m. on Thursday night, May 27. The person on the other end was dejected and discouraged. I immediately recognized the voice of Hope Zeanah, a 40-year veteran educator, assistant superintendent of the Baldwin County school system and a former Alabama Elementary Princip…

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I did something last weekend I haven’t done in quite some time. I watched softball and Major League Baseball on TV... all in the same weekend. And boy, did I get my money’s worth when it came to unexpected outcomes. 

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U.S. flags fly through the toughest of weather, from raging wind to bright sun to pouring rain. The flag is surely our symbol of perseverance.

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The other night, Paula and I were enjoying a rare, mild evening — just made for watching airplanes and make-believe UFOs. 

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66 years, 3 months, 26 days …Thomas Joseph Beckwith, “Joe” as we know him … The Good Lord loaned him to his family, friends, communities, and this world. While his recent passing leaves his loved ones and friends grieving, we can take great solace in knowing him and the countless blessings h…

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Last month, 10 members of my congregation joined me and three other educators for a training in Emotional CPR. The premise is simple: when we’re in emotional crisis, what we need most isn’t for someone to rescue us or fix us or set us straight; what we need is to know that others are able to…

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Alabamians have proven their resilience throughout the past year. As our state took precautions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, we adjusted to changed surroundings, coped with being separated from loved ones and faced growing uncertainty about the future.

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In a university town like Auburn, it may be of interest to some readers of the Auburn Villager to ask who and what makes an intellectual? There are tons of answers to such a question but scant agreement about what makes a person an intellectual. When it comes to discussing what makes an inte…

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You never knew what’s around the corner — especially around the house I grew up in. 

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My attitude toward water is different today. I used to be a water waster. Now, I’m a conserver. I treat water as a precious liquid, and I use only what I need.

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Due to the pandemic, last summer was the first time my children were not in some sort of full-time day care or camp. 

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A little over a month ago, our office manager, Christi, excitedly told me about her weekend plans — she and a group of her friends, kids in tow, were traveling up to Leeds to spend the day at a gas station. 

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In case you’ve been locked up in quarantine and haven’t had a chance to notice, the city of Auburn is now a mass of construction cranes, temporary trailers, and more construction-based signs than you could easily count. And not to be outdone, the AU Board of Trustees is moving ahead with its…

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Regardless of what happens with Auburn High School’s run in this year’s state playoffs, in which the Tigers have advanced to the Class 7A state semi-finals, in my eyes the AHS baseball program is a big winner this spring for honoring the program’s most successful baseball alumnus, pitcher Jo…

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A year ago, the Auburn community was creeping slowly back into public in limited fashion after a mandatory shutdown kept everybody homebound for everything but the essentials. 

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After a year or more of living with Covid, escaping the dreaded virus, I think I’ve become a victim of The Blob.  

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In this article I summarize some of the major points made by Mauro F. Guillén, (G.) who teaches at Penn’s Wharton School of Business and qualifies as an international expert on global market trends. His recent book is: “2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape The Future of …

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Nominal activity to report on the possum front. Whenever we’re late taking up leftover dry cat food, they swoop in and finish off the remainder of the crunchy grub. So, I guess you would call it business as usual.

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On the evening of April 20th, 2021, I attended a Zoom meeting on the “Beloved Community Amid Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.” About 72 people participated in this meeting organized by Dr. Joan R. Harrell. 

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The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center's inaugural season was rolling along nicely last year before everything came to a crashing halt due to the pandemic. 

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I am sad to report there are no significant developments in our on-going  series of possum sightings on our patio over the last few nights. 

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Going into spring training, there was concern about Auburn’s lack of depth at key positions on offense. With the Tigers done with their on-the-field team football workouts until August, those issues have not gone away.

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I promised to keep you posted on the possum  front — so here's a brief update. If you are new to the possum story, it began when possum number one showed up on our patio a couple of weeks ago. It's likely that he and other possums have been visiting our backyard for some time, and we just ha…

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 Küng “was no passive pietist, nor did he lack self-confidence. But the Catholic Church, Christianity, other religions and all humanity in a recognizable way are his benefactors.”

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Spring is a time of renewal — crocuses and azaleas bloom and brighten our gardens while winter-weary residents break out of their homes and into the outdoors, as jackets are mothballed and shorts and flip-flops make their return. 

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This is part two of our conversation about life ... or should I say wild life — on our patio.

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Easter Sunday was a glorious day at Auburn UMC and in churches throughout our area. We enjoyed flowering crosses and beautiful arrangements of God’s creative colors on our altars. We held worship services inside, outside, and online, sometimes all at the same time! We shared the Easter greet…

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There is a scene in Robert Bolt’s stirring play, “A Man for All Seasons,” in which Sir Thomas More, the lord high chancellor of England, suggests to a young and ambitious man of the court that he should become a teacher instead of one of the king’s political servants.

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In this ole world of ours, there are two types of people: those who like cats and those who don't.  In our house for nearly 50 years we have been cat people.  

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My dad got me up especially early that Saturday morning back in 1962. It was going to be a remarkable day for me. But, little did I know it was going to set my career path forever.