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Opinion

  • Some decades back, I arrived in the Cedar Keys not really sure where I was going. A new company was in my mind and I needed a place without hustle and bustle to relax, think and plan. Heading north up the west coast of Florida on Route Nineteen, I turned left on any hard surfaced road looking for the Gulf of Mexico. Known even then by the nickname “Trouble”, I crossed Number Four Bridge after an arduous drive from nowhere onto the Cedar Keys, miles out in the Gulf.

  • Thanksgiving is over and now it is off to Christmas. Before you know it, it will be New Year’s Day. Where did all the time go?

    Funny how your mind works, but twenty years ago I never envisioned living in the year 2009. Actually, I never envisioned being over sixty-years-old… but here I am and I’m still not retired.

    Several years ago I looked forward to the day I could retire. Hah, that didn’t happen. I must have been having pipe dreams, thinking I could retire at age sixty-two.

  • It was Thanksgiving Day ’45. The war was toning down. Germany had ceased combat operations in Europe. Japan had surrendered unconditionally in the Pacific. Those Americans who had left as boys not that long back were returning as men. In most eyes, they were all heroes.

    Holidays for some months and years had been meager affairs. The men were off at war. All told, the United States had sent over ten million to war. They were trickling back.