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Opinion

  • In 2006 I had lived in Cedar Key for almost a year and hadn’t recycled anything. I’m embarrassed to admit it today, but I didn’t even know about the trailers. I lived with my retired father who really couldn’t be bothered and, like most children do, followed suit. Then I met the man who would turn out to be my future husband.

  • Confidence. Public speaking, interview, and presentation skills. New friends.  

    These are some of the things I brought home with me from the National American Miss pageant last Sunday and Monday.  I haven't been in a pageant since I was a baby, so I obviously did not know what to expect.  

    I had absolutely no skills in this area.  I was judged on four different things; personal introduction (30 percent of score), formal wear (30 percent of score), an interview with the judges (30 percent of score), and community service (10 percent of score).  

  • Late in the afternoon some time back Anne and I were at the Blue Desert relaxing with a brew and an appetizer. We often sat at the counter down on the other end. Not many people had yet arrived. It was still early. We were debriefing each other as we normally do at the end of the day.

  • Thank you, Kellie

  • Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law applies to any gathering of two or more local or state government officials who sit on the same board.

    Basically, officials are required to keep all meetings open and public. This way, the public can participate if they want to, public records can actually exist, and we as the public can have access to those records.

  • “You don’t act like you’re thirty, Mom.” I can’t quite tell if it’s embarrassment or amazement coming from my 12-year-old’s mouth. I take a shot in the dark: “You mean I’m acting too old?” I try to hide the worry in my voice. I was excited to hit my third decade last month, but the last thing I was looking for was to be OLD.

  • As any responsible journalist would, I do my best never to pass up a free meal.  

    Most of us, after all, are not in this business to make money – as our meager salaries clearly indicate. Most of us regard our jobs as a kind of service – an important role within our community. 

  •  “You know, it’s going to be hard when mother dies,” my mom confided to my big brother Roger recently. In the late stages of dementia, sometimes my mom thinks that Roger is her youngest brother Dexter, who died more than 25 years ago. Now in her 80s she still mourns for her mom and her little brother.

  • Some of you may have noticed, or heard by now, that the Beacon’s office is a little… different. 

  • I taught freshman composition in the morning at Central Florida Community College in Chiefland then attended middle school in Bronson Tuesday afternoon. And I was schooled.

    I know that sounds strange. But it’s the truth.

    I went back to middle school because my 10-year-old son, Taylor, who is in fifth grade spent 40 minutes talking to me the night before about a presentation on nicotine that he had seen by a “real scientist,” Dr. Victor DeNoble.

  • I read an eye-opening book a few years ago called Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations on Race. Though our schools may be largely integrated now, thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of many during the Civil Rights Movement, segregation – in smaller forms – is alive and well.

  • I Jimmy Bishop was a part of Cedar Key History in the making.

    I remember when people entering into Cedar Key, the first thing they would see were docks with gill nets pulled onto the dock’s railing, the nets waving in the breeze. And that’s history.

  • I like Halloween. Always have. Always will. 

  •  Phew. I finally made it. 

  • Dear Editor,

  • I remember when the Big Dock burned the year 1950.

  • Finding yourself at rock bottom is not a situation anyone plans. 

  • Feb. 25, 2010

    I called my mom earlier this month. It was late for her 9:58 p.m. in Murray, Utah, and late for me, 11:58 p.m. in Levy County, Florida. My mom told me early in January that she'd like me to make calling her more often my new year's resolution. So I did.

  • Driving through Cedar Key is a joy for the eyes.  Our small town has done a great job of keeping the Chain Restaurants, the Tract Housing and any sort of Commercial Sprawl that has infected so much of the rest of Florida out of these city streets. When you hear people talk of Cedar Key, you usually hear things like ‘Old Florida’, ‘Untouched’, ‘Original’ or other descriptions which describe a historic small town like ours.

  • When is the best time for fishing? Is it on the spring tide or the neap tide?

    The best time for fishing is on either tide if a person knows where to fish and what kind of fish to fish for.