• The Two of Them

    It was early morning a couple or so days back. It was cool, crisp and dry. The sun had not yet shown.

    Dawn was near. A bright planet was in the western sky setting ever so slowly, Jupiter I believe. The sky was clear of clouds, the stars remaining were dimming.

    Somewhere near, a heron squawked three times decreasing in volume. The water was calm. Some terns had awakened and were working the water in the calmer places.

  • Why kids can drive golf carts in CK

    C. C. of Cedar Key writes: “I wrote to you last month about being able to drive my golf cart around the city of Cedar Key without a driver’s license even though my license was suspended, and you told me I couldn’t because it was a motor vehicle and I had to have a valid driver’s license. If that’s true, why do I see kids who don’t have licenses driving golf carts all over the place? If they can do it, why can’t I?”

    Dear C. C.,

  • Energy conservation = money saved

    The average yearly electric bill in the United States is about $2,000 per year per household. On average the amount paid per kilowatt of electricity used in the U. S. goes up 6 percent per year. In eight years that $2,000 will become $3,000 unless you do something to conserve electricity.

  • Raising ovarian cancer awareness one teal toe at a time

    Summer is when most women and girls’ feet look their best and their toes have some color on them, and for years, red was THE color. But recently you may have seen an unusual color highlighting local toes – teal blue.

    Just as pink is THE color to remind the world about breast cancer awareness, now, the color teal is trying to do the same for ovarian cancer.

  • Efficiency: It’s an obvious energy source

    In a recent Conservation Corner, using nuclear power to generate electricity was shown to be both extremely dangerous and expensive. It is not the clean, safe and cheap source for electricity that it was touted to be. The only saving grace of nuclear power is that it does not have a large carbon footprint like a coal-fired electric generation plant.

  • The Granola Chronicle

    When I was younger, my mother used to make home made granola cereal. I don’t really know what started it - probably to save money. 

    Now that I buy my own groceries, I want to save money - leaving more money for adult beverages. I am appalled by the price of cereals and even more so, the price of granola - dinky little bags for easily $5 a bag.

  • Earth: Making a life on a tough new planet

     Most of us are familiar with this practice:  a nonfiction author writes a book about a current event or issue and the book is published.  Then, maybe five to ten years later, the book is republished with a “New Introduction” so the author can discuss changes that have occurred since the book was originally released.

  • Summer words of wisdom: Fish hard or just stay home

    Happy late Independence Day to all my fishing friends. What a great weekend here on the island — good friends, good families and some dang good fishing. Kinda sums up how our island takes care of a holiday weekend.

  • Earthly Desires

    A common misconception of Buddhism is that of denying earthly desires and that to practice Buddhism, one must live an austere life by giving up possessions and spending a lot of time meditating. While that may be true of some sects of Buddhists, it is not of Mahayana Buddhists. Followers of Nicherin Daishonin fall into this group.

  • The longer I stayed, the more I felt at home

    In my first column for the Cedar Key Beacon I wrote that I fell in love with this island within 15 minutes of arriving here last year on a birthday trip. I know you're supposed to be happy when you're on vacation. But, it was more than a vacation glow. The longer I stayed-and the more often I returned-the more I felt as if I had come home.

    That statement seems crazy because I was born and raised in New York City. But, what I was experiencing was a very different kind of homecoming. It was a return to the heart.