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Columns

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Ego surgery, elective

    This piece is about ego and about pain, two human afflictions. Ego is often thought of as I, or id.

    It is most often used by people to measure their self-worth. It is more than just internal. It is a show of possessions, of things, of happenings.

    Many of these showings are expected by society, are a measure of success, usually expressed by physical possessions, costs, appearances, apparent well being. Things to be strived for.

  • True Faith: What's your definition of marriage?

    "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." (Hebrews 13:4 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Dodged the bullet

    Well, it appears that this time we’ve dodged the bullet. Tropical Storm Fay at the time of this writing has turned to the northeast. We’ll get some rain and some breezes, but it doesn’t look as if we’ll get much more. We had some storms last week and the week before and a lot more wind than it’s thought we’ll have this week. Some people somewhere will be getting the brunt of the winds, rains and along the coast, significant storm surges. That is unfortunate. I pray that not many, if any, are hurt by the storm.

  • Reflections: A bunch of things to worry about

    As promised, here is an update on our attempts to adopt another hairy child: My wife is having second thoughts, even after we passed the home visit by the adoption agency. Max, our male sheltie, keeps telling us he is the only dog we will ever need. "But the other dog we have, Molly," he said, "really needs to go. Put her up for adoption. She'd make a good rescue sheltie."

  • 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.