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Columns

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Crossing Number Four

    Crossing Number Four Bridge, that's what this is about. Number Four Bridge means lots of things to many people. Crossing Number Four to most locals means going to the mainland, leaving the Cedar Keys. Reasons locals cross Number Four Bridge vary. Florida is on the other side. The Cedar Keys are here.

  • True Faith: Lost and Found

    "And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'" (Luke 15:5-6 NIV)

  • Reflections: The whole ordeal still weighs very heavy on my mind.

    My last column mentioned my ordeal with renting an airplane in Hawaii but I did not go into much detail. Because the incident is so unbelievable I thought I would fill you in on more of the details.

    On June 16, around 8:30 a.m., I rented an airplane, a Cessna 172 from one of the airplane rental agencies in Kona, Hawaii. They required a checkout ride which took less than an hour. Shortly afterwards I departed the Kona Airport with my wife and daughter for a tour around the big island.

  • True Faith: What kind of people are we to be?

    "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:11-13 NIV)

  • Fishing Lines: Go where fish are, but watch the lightning

    Scallop season is now in full swing and reports from both the north and south of us sound good. Homasassa and Crystal River both reportedly are having a banner year with scallops plentiful in many popular areas. To the north reports of scallop limits in just an hour or two are common. With inshore fishing waning this time of the year, scalloping is a great alternative to fishing in Florida's July heat. I have never really understood why this area is so good for raising clams, but the main scallop run always seems to avoid us. I guess you can't have it all.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: They get in your blood

    You know these Cedar Keys, they get in your blood. I sit, as I write, at the Sandspit where G and 1st streets join. There are a couple signs here, the yellow kind with arrows to point the way. Every time a storm comes through, the arrows point out into the Gulf rather than where the road goes. Woe be it for the driver not familiar with the roads or the Spit. The Sandspit. That's where I am. That's where I write.

  • Reflections: A vacation to remember

    It's good to be back home again but now I need another vacation. I'm tired -- You know what I mean, right? A good vacation takes a lot of work.

    When you return you have to unpack, too. After all there's two weeks worth of dirty laundry in your suitcases. Then there's all that mail waiting for you - mostly bills to pay. Oh, there's just so much to do. In my case I returned just in time to go back to work. Yuck! That other stuff is just going to have to wait.

  • Reflection: The future wave of fuel efficient cars

    With the advent of high fuel prices, vehicles are bound to change in

    America. Obviously the cars of the very near future will be smaller and more fuel efficient.

    Unfortunately, the American Government in its wisdom has made it nearly impossible to manufacture a small car such as what we saw in the late 1970's. The Honda CVCC for instance, a motorcycle with four wheels and a body, is no longer legal to operate on public highways now. Why is that you might ask?

  • True Faith: Citizenship in God's kingdom free to all

    One Fall Quarter, an Electrical Engineering professor casually mentioned in his introductory remarks to the students taking his Microelectronic Circuits course that if they simply attended every class and completed all assignments, they would receive at least a grade of C for the course. He also provided this information to the students in written form in his instructions for the course. The lab project and the final exam would give opportunities for those aspiring for an A.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: To Fernandina and back

    It has been a while since Anne and I took a field trip together. So this weekend past, we drove to Fernandina for a couple overnights. Monday we returned to the Cedar Keys. We used the back routes roughly paralleling the right of way of the old Yulee Cross Florida Railway.