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Columns

  • True Faith: Have you decided?

    "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." (Joel 2:14 NIV)

    In the summer of 2001, our move to Cedar Key was much like what most preacher families go through around the country. All our belongings, which consists of way too many books, periodicals, old sermon outlines along with our household goods and personal belongings were loaded on a rental truck. Some last minute items were packed in the car that was on a trailer pulled behind the truck.

  • Fishing Lines: Trout are back! - sort of

    Trout season opened March 1 with cold water on the flats and mixed results.

    Many flats fishermen thought that the 29-day closed season might leave the trout hungry and ready to jump on fishermen's offerings, but several cold nights and cool days recently have kept many of the trout deep in their winter pattern.

    Sure, a few fishermen were able find trout on the flats, but very few returned to port with success stories.

    It seems that for the most part, north of Horseshoe and south of Ozello had the best trout results this weekend.

  • Reflections: On motor oil

    Engine oil, also called, motor oil, is used to produce a lubricating film on the moving parts of an engine. But what is the best oil to use for your particular engine?

    You might say Castrol, Valvoline, or maybe even Quaker State is the best oil for your `old Nelly. And true, it is wise to select a name brand oil. But what's really important here is whether the specifications of that oil are right for your car or not.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Alternatives to 'Office'

    Last week I started on some alternatives to the expensive software that "everyone" seems to want. I have often wondered why people insist on shelling out big bucks (sometimes upwards of $500!) for software that is so far beyond their needs that they will never use it to its full capability.

  • Reflections: The metal-detecting hobby

    My little Cessna is my magic carpet to many places that would otherwise be unavailable by car. An example of that would be the Bahamas Islands. There are no roads to the islands.

    I have spent quite a few hours in the Bahamas, mostly metal detecting the beaches and the close-in waters were people swim. And, too, the beaches behind the bars were especially productive. When folks get loose, they easily lose their jewelry. The Bahamas Islands were very good to me and most always paid for my trips.

  • True Faith: Why go to Russian Far East?

    "After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan." (Matthew 15:39 NIV)

  • True Faith: Abundant grace builds great communities

    "And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.'" (Exodus 34:6 NIV)

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Alternative software

    Most anyone who uses a computer is aware of the two things required: the hardware and the software. Many computer users, however, never give a thought to the types of software or the various titles available.

  • Fishing Lines: Fish need vacation this month

    Trout season remains closed until March first. Grouper season is closed until March 15. The pelagics are not here yet and likely will not roll into town until the full moon in March (21, first day of spring). The whiting which ARE in season seem to be in hibernation and are mostly unwilling to take any kind of bait, likely due to very cold water temperature. There is a small school of cow-nosed rays between Cedar Key and Wacasassa but they prefer clams over anything in the water and are totally useless in every way (unless you sell clam seed).

  • Reflections: A lonely Cedar Key V-Nickel

    This last weekend I took a trip back to another place in time. I metal-detected the beaches of the Cedar Key out Islands hoping to find some coins or perhaps a piece of jewelry or two. Those beaches are popular places for sun worshippers and picnickers. They lose coins and jewelry just like on other beaches.

    As usual I found some coins. I even managed to find a little silver earring. The coins like on most beaches were so crusty you could hardly tell what they were. The salt and sand encrusted them with a layer of what looked and felt like sandpaper.