Fight or Flight?

By Rick Moore Taking pictures of birds in the wild can be adventurous. If you’ve ever been attacked by a flock of geese then you know this. Birds in the wild are not used to humans. They will usually fly away or fight to protect their territory. But birds in...
By Kirk McCarley Fire, Ready, Aim… We’ve heard the condescending command used to describe an approach that while enthusiastic, lacks direction. There’s the new outfit we just had to have, now in the closet, shrouded in mothballs. Travel reservations made for the family vacation now conflicting with nearly everyone’s calendar....
By Rev. Pete Hyde The morning is grey and gloomy along the Florida Gulf Coast. The rain started yesterday morning and continued steadily throughout the day. Yesterday was a church and nap day. I hope those two things didn’t overlap during the worship service, but I’m sure they did in some...
By Rev. Pete Hyde There was something different about that particular morning. When I awoke, I could not put my finger on it, but something was different, something was missing. As I got ready to face another day, I dismissed the wonderings and went about my day, soon forgetting about the...
By Lauren Catanese The enjoyment of life doesn’t come from anywhere else except from ourselves. We allow ourselves to feel or not to feel what we do. This is a moment in your life. What is real is what you are currently feeling. Nothing that happens in the future nor...
By Kirk McCarley Moments before, the attention span began wavering. Soon, thoughts drifted, eyelids drooped, head nods. Who hasn’t experienced these physical and mental symptoms at conferences, meetings, or classrooms where either the subject matter was dry or the speaker or presenter was less than stimulating? In a momentary state of arousal...
They stand behind caged doors. They look at you when you walk by. They bark like their lives depend on it. Some have barked so hard they’ve lost their voices. They miss running more than anything. I’m talking about all-out, wide-open, honest-to-goodness running. Their legs were made for this, but they...

Golden Rays

By Rick Moore A friend of mine is a professional photographer. He plans to visit our area to film beautiful landscapes, and he wants me to provide him a list of the best places to go. I’ve had the privilege of recording spectacular locations from the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon...
By Lauren Catanese Ever feel like you are just running the bases in life? One thing after another, going from activity to yet another obligation that we have signed up for. It feels like it never stops and we have to just keep going and going, running and running. And...

Collective Wisdom

By Rick Moore At the age of 18, I took a summer job on a farm planting tomatoes. The owner, affectionately named Big E, asked me if I knew the difference between knowledge and wisdom. After making a few guesses, I gave up. He explained: “Knowledge is recognizing a tomato...

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