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Columns

  • True Faith: The world's greatest treasure

    "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Under our noses

    As a change of pace, I thought we might try the shorts that follow for this week's conversation.

    As you passed through the intersection at the school, you may have noticed the grit on the sidewalks and the roadways. Look up and you'll see what has been happening. A crew has been at work blasting and repainting the water tower. Frequent painting of metallic structures is a necessary part of corrosion control. The color is the same. The only thing you notice is the absence of the rusty spots on the structure and the tank above. Good job, guys.

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  • Reflections: Adopting a furry child

    My wife and I are excited about the potential of an adoption. This Friday a woman from the agency is coming to our house for an interview and inspection of our home. We are frantically trying to get everything in order.

  • Fishing Lines: Strange, welcome visitors arrive

    Strange things happen in the summer once the water warms up. Some fish just don't know where they should be, but you know, there aren't any fences out there so fish can do what they want.

    Several years ago Captain Bill Roberts was fishing cutbait for redfish and hooked a very strong fish. The fight was unusual and he wondered what it was. Once in the landing net he saw that he had caught a bonefish. Now that fish was really out of its territory.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: 'Oh well, that's okay...'

    Some years past, not that long back, there were three guys that enjoyed tripping together, Charles, Ed, and I. We all lived in the greater Atlanta area. Charles worked on his own under the auspices of a property insurance sales organization. He had the look of a professional and he dressed the part. Except at play, he wore a business smile, a white shirt and tie, well groomed, a hair cut once a week, with an expensive looking pair of glasses without which he couldn't see. When at play, his casual clothes were a cut above the norm. He seemed always to have a wad of cash in his pocket.

  • Reflections: An ode to O.C.: an outside, inside cat

    Some cats are indoor cats and some are outside cats. O.C. was both. Let me explain:

    My wife found O.C. in the back yard at our home in North Central Florida. No one really knows how old he was back then. He was already full grown - and wouldn't leave our backyard.

    My wife tried to ignore the cat but he would have nothing of it and meowed constantly at the back patio door. Soon he was sleeping on the hot tub cover, and being the warm-hearted person my wife is, she eventually fed him. He was very skinny.

  • Fishing Lines: New fishing rules

    Oh the times they are a changin...and you need to be aware of what's going on.

    First off, the season for recreational red snapper fishing is now closed (as of August 5) and apparently will remain closed until June 1 of 2009. Wow, that is a long time for a fishery to be closed. It seems that the Red Snapper fishing season is less than 3 months long. Our area is not really known for our Red Snapper fishing, but some of our guides do come across a few now and then.

  • True Faith: Be a booster

    "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope." (2 Thessalonians 2:16 NIV)

  • True Faith: Welcome Home!

    "So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a great way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Thoughts on the written word

    Have you ever thought about thinking? Have you ever thought about experiencing? How do you think and experience? Do you do it in words? Thoughts and experiences don't come in words. You can be illiterate yet you think and experience. You don't need to be able to read and write to enjoy a meaningful life.