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Columns

  • 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.

  • Fishing Lines: Report cards -- Good marks overall; Kings held back

    Since it is the middle of the year it is time for mid-term progress reports.

    Trout: The trout bite experienced a slow start but then really got going good. Limits of slot trout (15-20 inches) have been common. April was the best month as usual and gave anglers an abundance of oversized over-the-slot fish. Excellent trout action continued right through June. July and august will be much tougher to find keeper fish as water temperatures soar. The trout get an A this semester in spite of a slow beginning.

  • Reflections: 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 1970s. The Honda CR for instance, a motorcycle with four wheels and a body, is illegal to operate on public highways now. Why is that you might ask?

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Independence Day

    "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary..." The Declaration of Independence was published in early July, seventeen hundred and seventy-six. That document listed the reasons the forefathers of the United States found it necessary to separate the original colonies from Great Britain. The grievances were many and critical, aimed primarily at King George, reigning monarch of Great Britain.

  • Fishing Lines: California Dreamin' of Cedar Key tarpon

    Last week I had a simple request. Three guys from California want to come to Cedar Key to catch a tarpon. They had plenty of experience with blue water fish and had already caught sailfish, marlin, tuna and swordfish, but tarpon was still on their "to do" list. The timing was perfect as the full moon was on its way and the tides were stronger than normal.

  • True Faith: Getting ready for the journey

    "Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, 'Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.'" (Acts 15:36 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: One more time

    I sat there quietly, deep in my thoughts. Alone in my thoughts. Alone in the midst of a crowd, all seated, all in their own thoughts. Time disappeared, seemed not to matter, not to exist. "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..." Forming a background, then gaining in intensity. The crowd united in chorus, me still deep in my thoughts. That song usually ended these gatherings, this time, beginning. "When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise..."

    How great it'd be to talk to Cindy one more time.

  • Reflections: Imminent Foreclosures, Imminent Situations

    As everyone knows real-estate has been reeling with problems lately. Property values have dropped significantly, making foreclosures for many homeowners immanent. Home foreclosures in fact are at an all time high.

    Well, there is more to impending foreclosures than meets-the-eye. Devalued property values are not the only problem. Rapidly rising fuel costs and layoffs have added to and made the situation even worse. For those who made variable interest rate mortgages, that doesn't help, either.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Less is more?

    Remember back in the late 80s and the early 90s when buying a computer got you almost as much weight in paper (manuals) as in the hardware? If you have purchased a computer recently you might have noticed the absence of all that paper. And what about those "recovery" CDs? You never see them any more either!

    As early as 1997, when you bought a computer you got a reasonable amount of manuals, enough information to get you started with most of your programs. But the "recovery" CDs were missing. As I recall, HP/Compaq were right at the forefront of this change.

  • True Faith: Sponges and prophecy about Christ

    "Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink." (Matthew 27:48 NIV)

    You never know when you may be reminded of some great and inspirational truth contained in the Word of God about our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Just the other day, while Galina and I were making a house call here in town, we ran into a person who told about their unique occupation of working on a sponge boat.