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Columns

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Red maples, yellow daisies and green, green grass

    Next week heralds the official start of fall, of autumn. You can't tell that by the air temperatures yet, but you do notice the shorter days and the longer nights. And as the sun is lower in the daylight sky, the moon is higher in the nighttime.

    We are about half way through the season of spring tides with the highs being unusually high, the lows, low.

    We are half way through our hurricane season along the eastern Gulf. After nearly a month of storms and hurricanes plaguing the Cedar Keys with rain and wind, the skies are clearer and the noontime temperatures are hot.

  • True Faith:The Gospel must go through!

    "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'" (Matthew 18:21-22 NIV)

  • Reflections: Dogs, eat your vegetables

    Max is not happy with his diet and told me...

    "Daddy, if you don't feed me more, I'm calling the SPCA."

    Our dogs are overweight. Even our new rescue sheltie, Nikki, is fat, so we have put all of them on a diet. It's a good thing the phone is up high where Max cannot reach it.

    But, oh well. Max needs to lose some weight. If he gets any fatter we will have to roll him into the car when we go for a ride.

    Funny, all our dogs are eating broccoli and green beans now. Pumpkin for filler seems to be one of their favorites, too.

  • Fishing Lines: Homespun fishing tips from Ol'Zed

    To my readers: I have a paper cut on my typing finger so I have asked my brother Zed to take my place this week.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Patriot Day - Lest we forget

    It was September in 2001. It had been a hard year. I'd had my first major bout with the disease that nearly took my life. Dad had had a couple major surgeries on his circulatory system. He had been a smoker for about sixty years and his arteries were plugged with deposits once known as hardening of the arteries. Mom had been sick for several years partly due to smoking half her life. It was complicated by Temporal arteritis, a rare disease, that left her with large wounds on her head, blinded in one eye with poor vision in the other. Then she contracted shingles leading to more suffering.

  • True Faith: Are you 'almost a Christian?'

    Not too long ago, I was preaching at a funeral service, and one friendly person came up to me after the service and said with what seemed to me, a little bit of tongue in cheek, "I'm almost a Christian." Perhaps his comment resulted from my attempts to persuade those in the audience who were still alive, to turn, and accept Jesus Christ as the only true hope for eternal salvation.

  • Fishing Lines: Fishing? Gators? Hunting? Tough choices for fall

    There are a lot of tough choices to make in the next two months or so, something will have to give.

  • Reflections: Jazz up email with video compression

    There is a technology available that has revolutionized E-mail. Instead of writing E-mail by typing, you can now talk it. And, not only can you talk it, you can also record it live, via video. Thanks to a software program by Aimslab, you can take ordinary AVI files and condense them into extended movies and attach them to your E-mail, or even put them on your web site for viewing online, or for download.

  • True Faith: Who is Jesus?

    Preachers always notice the listeners who are paying careful attention. Our eyes tend to go to the people who are busy looking up passages of scripture whenever a reference is given. Another strong indication of a good listener is when someone in the audience is taking notes. This is different from drawing pictures. The preacher can also notice the eyes that appear to be open, but that bland stare can also indicate that the rhythm and tone of the speaker's voice and the holy atmosphere is putting the person to sleep.

  • Fishing Lines: Last, best shot at scallops

    Last chance at scallops! Scallop season ends Sept. 10. Most people don't realize that September scallops are more plentiful, have bigger meat and some feel the cooler water of September makes them sweeter. Last chance, the next opportunity for fresh scallops will be July 1, 2009. Better go get'em.

    Inshore fishing has literally had the chalkboard erased. After Tropical Storm Fay with torrential rain and 40-plus-knot winds, from three directions I might add, the trout are likely to re-emerge just about anywhere.