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Richard Simmons: Faking it through life

Have you ever thought about how common it is for people to fake it through life? That is, to show yourself to be something you’re not?

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Richard Simmons: Love and marriage

Modern people seem to be driven by their feelings and no doubt Hollywood has had something to do with that, particularly when it comes to our feelings and romantic love. It is as if we can abdicate our responsibilities in marriage if we lose our feelings toward our spouse.

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Ray Melick talks the Bibb County officer shooting and related issues on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on News & Views with Joey Clark as they discuss the new 1819 Sports Editor Steve Irvine, the Bibb County officer shooting, questioning why the state resorted to a bond issue when they had cash for the mega prisons, 1819 The Podcast with Richard Simmons, the Hovey/Whatley election challenge, the Family Court judge in Montgomery who lost custody of her children for excessive punishment, and the recent SCOTUS string of conservative decisions.

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Richard Simmons: What is the answer? Reflections after shooting at St. Stephen's

I have been writing weekly blogs since 2014. As I look back, I realize I have written a number of them in response to mass shootings in our country. I have had to edit this blog to include a shooting that took place this past Thursday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal church right here in Birmingham, Alabama. Three members were killed.

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Richard Simmons: A different perspective on pain and suffering

Modern people seem to struggle with the issue of pain and suffering more than anyone else in history. Here in the Western world, we live in such prosperity yet struggle so much more with affliction than people in other parts of the world.

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Richard Simmons: The great flaw in science

I think it is easy for us to assume that scientists are immune to the influence of their own beliefs and biases as they do research. We have this presumption that scientists are dispassionate and unbiased individuals who are committed to the truth and always simply report the facts. Kuhn’s book points out this fallacy, as his research into the history of science reveals that scientists are clearly not objective.

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Richard Simmons: Who decides what is moral?

We live in a time where people are truly perplexed over what has gone wrong with our world. There seems to be so much instability in...

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Richard Simmons: A life without constraints

The great political philosopher Edmund Burke made this insightful observation over 200 years ago: “Freedom without wisdom or responsibility...

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Richard Simmons: As life gets better, life gets worse

A number of years ago, Forbes Magazine celebrated 75 years as a publication. They issued a special edition that you would have thought...

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Richard Simmons: The value of friendship

After writing a blog on the “The Loneliness Epidemic, ” a friend sent me a sketch from “Saturday Night Live.” The sketch refers to...

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Richard Simmons: The humility of Christmas

In Mathew 11:29, Jesus gives us a surprising description of himself. He says, “. . . I am gentle and humble of heart.” The God of the...

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Richard Simmons: The unraveling of our nation

There is a great concern in our nation that the rule of law is unraveling. As we watch the news each night, we begin to wonder where...

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Richard Simmons: Why leaders fail

Stephen Covey often spoke of how leadership development has changed. He said that all the relevant literature on leadership that was...

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Richard Simmons: "You don't expect me to do that every day, do you?"

Hans Selye was a scientist from Canada who was the true pioneer in discovering the impact of emotions on a person’s health. He wrote...

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Richard Simmons: Can we be moral without God?

This is a follow-up to last week’s blog Why Nations Die. Arnold Toynbee concluded in his magisterial study on the rise and fall of...

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Richard Simmons: Why nations die

If there ever was a serious threat to American freedom it would spring up amongst us…If destruction be our lot, we would ourselves...

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Richard Simmons: Freedom vs. the Law

I lived during the tumultuous 1960s and am reminded of some of the similarities between the years 1968 and 2021. Martin Luther King...

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Richard Simmons: The line separating good and evil

On September 11, we reflected and remembered the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The attacks killed 2,977...