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Today's Opinions

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: The blues are running...

    This Friday past, Peyote Pete confirmed that the blues are running. I've lived most of my life by saltwater. I can't tell you how many times I've heard that call, "...the blues are running." It's as exciting now as it has always been from the Northeast down through Florida and across the Miracle Strip. I have a wooden plaque endorsed by the Governor of Virginia for a citation blue, seventeen and a half pounds, hooked off the Eastern Shore.

  • Fishing Lines: Better visibility means big hittin' on the water

    I remember as a kid we used to say, "Wind from the west, fish bite the best; wind from the east, fish bite the least." I don't remember any sayings about the north or south winds. But, when the wind blows in that pristine clear water from down around Crystal River our inshore fishing gets much better.

    Now I will grant that the fish will allow you fewer mistakes in clear water, especially redfish, but the clear water more than makes up for the disadvantages it brings.

  • Reflections: Rambling on

    Someone told me as a writer you are best to write about what you know best. If you adlib, the readers will know you're a phony. That kind of narrows things down for me, because as a writer what I know best is limited - limited, that is, to education and aviation. Most of my years have been spent in that area of expertise.

    Oh, I have done a lot of things in my lifetime other than education and aviation. I guess you could say I'm somewhat experienced in raising children. I've had four children, but so has everyone else, so who wants to know about rearing children? Boring.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Mullberries, sheepshead, the Big Dock and Bernie

    Mulberry trees grow hereabouts. Trimmed a certain way, you might even call them bushes. Right now, the mulberries are ripening. The fruit is dark colored, nearly black, clustered much as blackberries. The flavor is gentle and sweet unlike blackberries, which are strong and tart. As with most fruits, there are many ways to serve them, most generally mixed with other fruits, over cereal, over ice cream, or baked in pies and pastries.

  • Reflections: Speaking one's words

    One of the great things about writing this column, is I am not held to any one subject or theme. I can write about anything I want as long as it is tasteful and generally entertaining. And, I try to be entertaining but the words don't always come out that way. I do get some negative mail once in a while.

    You know the "ole cliché, "You can please most of the people most of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time." This is usually the case with writing publicly.

  • Fishing Lines? Muddy water? Give fish something to sniff

    I get a lot of fishing lures given to me to "try out." Some of them are so far out I have to force myself to tie them on and give them a few feeble casts.

    About two years ago someone gave me a big bag of soft plastic grubs that were cream colored with a chartreuse flipper tail. To top it off, they smelled like garlic. They were kind of nice looking but the fish that year had no interest in them whatsoever. So I put them in the "special" drawer of my filing cabinet and pretty much forgot about them.

    Yes, I am a pack rat of sorts...so what?

  • True Faith: Who will take your place?

    "I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another." (Romans 15:14 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: It looks like it just might happen

    "It looks like it might just happen." Those are Anne's words a few days back. We were walking around Dock Street at sunup, Anne looking for her perfect photo, that special pose, that candid moment to catch in time on her camera. She's good with the camera, at capturing that single moment.