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Columns

  • Fishing Lines: Take me to the river!

    It's official now...time to head to the river!

    Any time we have two cold fronts within a few days of each other the fish head for the rivers. Water temps in our area even have the clam farmers shivering (the ultimate indicator). Another indicator is when Captain Bill Roberts wears long pants! He is one tough bird, and when he wears long britches it's cold out!

    "What river?" you say.

  • Reflections: Flying a Hawaiian honeymoon

    My wife and I are excited because we are going back to Hawaii soon. We were married in Hawaii you see, or should I say we were mauwied in Maui four years ago. Going back will be like our second honeymoon and we are looking forward to it.

    What will really be exciting is we will be flying in Hawaii. Yes, we have arranged to fly a Cessna similar to my own around the big island.

  • True Faith: America is better with Christianity

    Once, while browsing through a bookstore, I came across a book with a very catchy title and beautiful book cover. That was enough to pique my interest, and then I recalled seeing an interview with author David Aikman about his newest book: Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is transforming China and changing the global balance of power. David Aikman wrote from his experiences as Time Magazine’s bureau chief in Beijing. The book reveals much about the history and dramatic rise of Christianity in modern China, even under extreme persecution.

  • From the Kitchen: Homemade soups satisfy cold weather appetites

    Whether you are at home all day, as Jim and I now are, or are still a part of the working force; nothing is more satisfying or comforting than to sit down to a simple supper of a bowl of steaming hot soup (this includes chili) with muffins, cornbread or homemade bread.

    It seems that since Jim retired last June we have been on a campaign to do all the things that we never had time or energy to get to before then. First it was to get the 5th wheel ready and up to Indiana, where we spent September and October. Once home it was time to begin holiday preparations.

  • Fishing Lines: Good fishing in the cold, but have a plan

    What a roller coaster ride the weather has been lately!

    Just a week ago we hit the teens one morning, and here we go back into the upper seventies again. Now, I am not complaining about the mild temps - I prefer them a gazillion to one over the cold.

    These frigid blasts do play havoc, though, with inshore fishing, sending these sensitive seatrout into the area rivers and deep holes, far back into the creeks.

  • Reflections: Dog maintenance

    Just when Max was about dry from his bath, he had to go out to go potty. He only took ten minutes but in that time he covered himself in dirt and sand spurs. You can imagine what a Sheltie looks like with black dirt and sandspurs in his fur.

    Not only does he get stickers in his fur regularly, he also gets his paws dirty, too, when he rakes dirt up with his front feet acting macho.

    Then there's Molly. She gets ice cream on her chest when she eats ice cream. Such a messy dog, and her mane is nearly six inches long. She gets knots behind her ears, too.

  • From the Kitchen: Post-holiday still good time to share with family and friends

    Christmas and even New Year's is past for another year. We have all somehow survived one more year of trying some new recipes and making the traditional ones. It seemed like I would never be done; there was always one more recipe to prepare. But then, a few days before Christmas, everything was made and stored so that gift plates could be made and Jim and I would have goodies throughout the remainder of the season.

  • True Faith: Out with the old, in with the new

    "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires." (Ephesians 4:22 NIV)

  • Reflections: This upcoming year

    This is the time of year when most make New Year's resolutions, but I'm not going to write about that. Most people don't keep them anyway.

    Instead I will write about what to expect in the New Year:

    Prices will continue to go up on just about everything that is of importance. Sooner or later, though, the ceiling will drop out of our economy because of inflation.

  • Reflections: Christmas Gifts

    A radio commercial I like is the one where the guy practices being excited about receiving Christmas gifts that he really doesn't want. I listened to it and laughed, but then I realized I find myself in the same situation every holiday.

    What I really don't understand is how some of these gifts have remained on the market for years.

    My favorite useless gift that has been given for decades is the fruitcake. No one really eats fruitcake. I think they just pass them on. The fruitcake you got five years ago may be the same one you got this year.