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Today's Opinions

  • Reflections: Island time

    When I was a child I was curious about the mysteries of our planet. I still am to this day.

    Soon I will be going to the Hawaiian Islands and have been doing a little research in preparation. This will be especially helpful when I fly above, but low over them in a small airplane. I have reserved a Cessna like mine for when I arrive.

    The beginnings of the Hawaiian island chain are intriguing. They started in one of the most remote places on earth from the movement of tectonic plates deep below the Pacific Ocean over 70 million years ago.

  • True Faith: Bad words hurt children and grownups!

    "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4 NIV)

    "Mommy, please don't come at me with bad words - because they will get in me!" The tender young child who uttered these words of wisdom could just as easily have said the same thing to a Daddy. One local school teacher has the indescribable joy of working as a teacher of our young children in the community. One of the parents told how her child had shamed her when she was using some bad language to make a strong point about the child's misbehavior.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Keeping personal data personal

    The time has finally come. That great computer that you bought five years ago is starting to show its age. It seems sluggish and slow, won't run some of the newer programs because it doesn't have enough memory (RAM) and you have already added all you can. So you finally bite the bullet and buy a new replacement. You get your new computer home and transfer all of your data files from the old computer to the new one.

    So, what do you do with the old computer now?

  • 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.