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House Calls and Other Artifacts

October 24, 2020

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House Calls and Other Artifacts I am writing about a phenomenon which most of you under thirty or forty will have no idea about. Those above fifty or sixty will recognize the phrase “house call” almost immediately, kind of like recognizing Sputnik as part of the Cold War which itself may be just an historical […]

Sewing, Shop, and Cooking

August 29, 2020

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I was watching my wife sewing the other day, down on her knees on a big enough space of the floor in the living room to make the initial cuts in her fabric. She learned to sew on a Singer sewing machine years ago and was now getting back in it. We bought her new […]

Guilt and Words

August 9, 2020

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Guilt is a word and issue we need to know and deal with. We are facing it right now as the race issue divides rather than unites us a nation with a major election in November 2020. Webster’s defines it several different ways, from official guilt in the commission of a crime or offense to […]

The Virtues of Real Life Versus Virtual Life

May 28, 2020

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I am going to sound like a true troglodyte speaking of the past way of doing things as opposed to today’s way of doing things. But I see education slipping down the road of dispirited encounters with screens and videos rather than fresh and life-giving moments in the real with teachers, and it is both […]

The “I”s Have It

March 19, 2020

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If you think you’ve heard the expression, “the I’s have it,” you are right, but not using “I.” Rather the traditional expression is “the ayes have it” in referring to a vote where those voting “yes,” say “aye” in the old English. It may be a nautical term, since in the Navy we hardly ever […]

To Live as a Christian and Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 1, 2020

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Tomorrow we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He was a man God made for the moment, the moment being the great challenge of destroying the remnants of segregation in this country. I remembered a lot of what my generation lived through by reading a wonderful column, “King’s passion for justice did not allow for […]

A New Identity, a New Life

February 1, 2020

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Not too long ago I was listening to a John Grisham novel in my truck somewhere along Interstate 65 on way up to or back from Tennessee. It was a pleasant way to pass few hours “dead” time for me, just dodging cars all zooming along a lot faster than me going my plodding 70MPH, […]

Minerva, Our New Heroine

February 1, 2020

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Did anyone else kind of pause at our new statue unveiled earlier in December to the goddess of wisdom, Minerva? I realize dear readers that we live in the midst of a state university which is a pretty secular institution, although universities were not founded in this country to serve up pagan gods and goddesses. […]

America Today

November 17, 2019

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A few weeks ago we left off with some Attorney General William Barr’s assessment of modern America. He presented this view in a speech he delivered October 11 before the School of Law at Notre Dame University on the freedom of religion and its underpinning of American life. Christianity is on the decline in the […]

The Dog Park

November 16, 2019

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There is a marvelous experiment in social science that takes place every day in Tuscaloosa, except for Thursday mornings when the Will May Dog Park in Munny Sokol Park is closed for “maintenance.” The maintenance includes picking up a lot of dog poop, which is the downside of the social science experience I’m talking about. […]