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My favorite December is the Winter Solstice, known to the ancients as the Yule, the shortest day of the year, when the North Pole reaches its maximum tilt away from the sun. The ancients marked the solstice because it reminded them of their dependence on the Earth. The winter could be downri…

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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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The title of comedian Bob Hope’s theme song best describes most all of my family’s Thanksgiving Day feasts together.

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This weekend as we enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers and cheer on our favorite team, many churches prepare for the celebration of Advent. The word advent comes from the Latin word meaning “adventus” or coming. I like to think of the word advent as related to the word “adventure.” Every year about…

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It’s apparent that we live in a time of political polarization that appears to be increasing rather than decreasing. Republicans and Democrats are at each other’s throat like two feral cats in a dark alley. We’re a deeply divided nation and seemingly nothing can break the gigantic log-jam be…

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It’s almost Thanksgiving. That means it’s time to cut back on our consumption of food and drink so that we’ll have lots of room left for the “eating holiday.” 

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“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

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There was plenty of excitement to go around when the Atlanta Braves won the World Series over the Astros in Houston last week. A die-hard group of Braves fans made the trip to Texas and made as much championship noise as possible. 

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“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg, even  though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”         

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I spent most of last week re-reading Winston Groom’s World War I nonfiction book, “A Storm in Flanders.”

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Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for another cohort to receive Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine, giving emergency use authorization for a pediatric dose for children ages 5 to 11 years old. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signing off on t…

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When I was a grown man, husband and father, my mother would still send me little reminders about the proper pronunciation of words she would hear me say while I was anchoring the news on WSFA-TV 12. 

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Greg Bradshaw never met a stranger. As the "Mayor of Downtown Auburn," as he was unofficially known, he kissed babies, shook hands and struck up conversations along the streets downtown like a seasoned politician for decades, and never forgot a name.

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Sometimes, the terms morality and ethics are thought to be synonymous words. I say that there’s a difference between morality and ethics. Morality has to do with the goodness or badness of an action. Ethics or moral philosophy is a science dealing with human activity and being using reason a…

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On Monday, October 18, our country lost a great leader when Colin Powell, an esteemed military and diplomatic figure, died after contracting Covid-19 while undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma. 

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Paula and I have become the “cat whisperer” in our neighborhood. And it’s not like we set out to become any kind of whisperer ... cat, dog or possum. 

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There has always been a multiplicity of views concerning moral and ethical issues in the world religions. For example, Orthodox Jews only eat food that is kosher, hence they don’t eat pork or shell fish, while Reform Jews may eat pork or shell fish like shrimp, but some still observe dietary…

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‘Tis the time of year that brings out the “fairness” in all of us ... both young and old. By “fairness,” I mean the fairs that pop up across the landscape of south Alabama.

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According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, gerrymandering means to manipulate the boundaries of an electoral constituency so as to favor one party or class. 

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The numerous two-lane paved roads that snake around the Lee County countryside prevent us from stepping on the gas.

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It was a beautiful week all across Alabama. The high temperature ranged throughout the upper '70s and the days were getting shorter, faster. I was a  freshman in college enjoying life away from home for the first time.

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This Sunday may look and sound a little different around Auburn United Methodist Church.

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In 2015, I penned a column in The Villager titled, "Growing pains and the new Auburn" that examined the changes, both demographic and cultural, in our Loveliest Village over the past few generations. 

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July 1, 2021 is the day that changed the world of collegiate athletics forever, with new legislation being passed allowing athletes to use their name, image and likeness to accept compensation, or NIL for short. 

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Late one afternoon recently, Paula yelled out my name to join her at the back door of the house. Then she called out again ... this time adding my name for emphasis. “Quick, come here.” I sped up my response to her urgent call.

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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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To say or write something you know is not true is the dictionary definition of a lie.

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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…