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In the sports world different leagues have gone to instant replay. As most of us know it has been around for a long time, but recently the different sports officials have used it to evaluate complex “close” or “game-changing” plays. The idea is that they want to get it right and so through …

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The Bible says, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments; for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.” And, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones,” (P…

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Social network: so many posts, so many photos, it’s either the network news, National Enquirer, the purveyor at times of “T.M.I.” (Too much information), sometimes too, it is joyful and encouraging. Not too long ago, someone posted: “The Pessimist says ‘My cup is half-empty.’ The optimist sa…

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It is Father’s Day as I begin my efforts to provide you with something meaningful to read. Yes, I do try to provide meaningful tidbits for you, not always successfully, but I always try. But today my mind wanders to fathers, particularly mine, and their “day”, Father’s Day. Today I got phone…

Phone calls from false collection agencies and even calls from different numbers claiming to be the Social Security Administration have made me extremely suspicious every time my phone rings. The protocol for the landline is to let it ring long enough for the answering machine to answer. If …

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We left off last week talking about the short-lived Memorial Board/Wall for those who fought in World War II. We continue our chronological study of veterans’ memorials with an article on the background history for one of America’s less-known conflicts before moving into Suwannee County’s co…

The Bible says, “If my people, which are called by my name (Christians), shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land,” (2 Chronicles 7:14).


After listening to Jesus explain why He is the “bread of life,” those who the day before had been fed with the five loaves and two fish, decided they would withdraw and no longer walk with Him (John 6:66). Why this reaction?

With my Amazon Prime account (how did I ever live without my Prime account is beyond me) I get Kindle Unlimited which gives me access to thousands of books that download with a touch of a finger. This past weekend, I downloaded and read a book that got my brain cells working overtime to figu…

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“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” 
— Anna Quindlen, “How Reading Changed My Life.”

This will be an exciting weekend around here. It is the start of scallop season for the area of the gulf near Steinhatchee, and this Sunday is Father’s Day. I am recommending you don’t give your dad some useless gift he doesn’t need this year. You should try and have a memory together that n…

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A few years back, I went to Savannah with my brother and some great friends to compete in the Skidaway Sprint Triathlon. If you've been with me for the past several years, you may remember this. Savannah is one of my favorite cities and I try to get there every year along with another of my …

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The cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia was a Jewish man who prayed often. The Old Testament book, Nehemiah, named after this great Israelite leader contains multiple examples of Nehemiah’s prayers. Nehemiah Chapter 1 contains a magnificence example of one of his wonderful prayers.

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The dictionary describes afterthoughts as a notion occurring after a decision or action is taken. I like to say it’s the result of an inquiring mind who is constantly rethinking everything that passes through the brain waves.

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Adversity and difficulties sometimes expose qualities in folks that might surprise you, usually, I’m happy to say, in a good way. That has certainly been the case in all the hot weather we’ve been having in White Springs lately, especially at the Florida Folk Festival! The weather did not de…

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“Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor "you" may guide across the bar; 
Brighten the corner where you are!”— Robert Lee Black, Charles Hutchison Gabriel, Ina Duley Ogdon, R. Price

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To help myself get over the fact that there was not a Purple Hatter’s Ball this year, I decided to paddle a stand up paddleboard for a ways down the Suwannee. Since I was by myself, I positioned a bicycle down-river at my take out location to aid in the retrieval of my vehicle. Since it has …

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Here we go! Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer swimsuit season. Believe it or not I do know some people that prefer snow to sand — blasphemy I tell you. I am not one of them. The sunnier the day, the better my mood.

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Suwannee County appears to have a hit-and-miss record when it comes to honoring those who have served in past wars. We’ve looked at the lack of known memorials for the Second and Third Seminole Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I. Of those early wars, only the Civil War is known t…

The Bible says “These six things doth the Lord hate: ... a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Prover…

Hurricane season starts this Saturday, June 1. What will you do to prepare? Will you wait until a storm is looming before making necessary purchases, or will you buy some of it ahead of time? Florida will have a “Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday” from May 31 until June 6. The state do…

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Put it down. Now back away slowly. Slowly. You can do it. Breathe. Good for you. Keep walking away. You're almost there. What are we walking away from? Our phones.

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Two weeks ago, we began discussing ways in which Suwannee County has honored its veterans over the years. Most of the previous article focused on the 1909 State Convention for Confederate soldiers, one of my most frequently asked-about topics. Today, we’ll continue to look at how Suwannee Co…

The Bible says, “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye…


The book of Proverbs contains a vast amount of information concerning living a righteous life which pleases God. It is a “preacher” giving advice to his audience or a father giving advice to his “son.” The format is either short phrases or longer sections which teach major life lessons.

Without much news coverage or public outcry, the Seminole tribe has stopped making its monthly payments of a portion of its gaming profits to the state of Florida. Last year those payments totaled nearly $330 million dollars. To downplay the colossal failure of the legislature to renegotiate…

October 10, 2018, will forever be a mark on the history of North Florida. It was the day Hurricane Michael barreled through my home town, leaving it unrecognizable. It’s been seven months since that day, and we’re still picking up the pieces in Port St. Joe, as are my neighbors in Gulf, Bay,…

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Since 1953 the Town of White Springs, Florida, has been the host to the nation’s oldest state sponsored Folk Festival — the Florida Folk Festival. As you wander around the festival this week you will experience some amazing happenings, cultural, culinary, educational, artistic and folkloric!…

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”By the time I got to WoodstockThey were half a million strong 
everywhere there were songs and celebration 
And I dreamed I saw the bombers 
Riding shotgun in the skyTurning into butterflies 
Above our nation. 
We are stardust, we are goldenBy the time I got to WoodstockThey were half a mil…

For the most part, I'm a live and let live kind of gal. A no drama, let go, let God type of person. I can easily walk away from people or things that may create chaos in my life without so much as a backward glance. I simply won't allow stupid things to ruin my day. After all save the drama …

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Recently, the Suwannee Democrat published an article of mine entitled “Inmate Life in 1914.” In it, I directly quoted from a 1954 article which itself quoted from the original 1914 article. I have been contacted by some who found offense with the way the article was written and portrayed. Fi…


Nations are destroyed because of various reasons. A hurricane, a tornado, or military battles leave homes, businesses, schools and even churches destroyed. After these destructive events there must be a period of rebuilding.

As a Christian I believe the Bible (KJV) is the inerrant, infallible, and inspired (God breathed) Word of God. The Bible is an act by God to reveal Himself to man and to reveal man’s lostness and his need of God’s salvation.

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The legislature passed laws this past session that have made national headlines and that have the potential to affect our lives here in North Florida tremendously. Last week, I covered some of the important issues that the legislature did and did not tackle this session. This week, I will be…

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Over the years, the hubby and I have decided to peacefully agree to disagree. That doesn't mean I still don't get ticked off about a few things. After all, we all need a little spice in our lives but after being married as long as we have, it's easier to let things go. Most of the time. Chan…

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Suwannee County’s citizens have served their country on numerous occasions, starting all the way back in the 1830s with the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). Since its establishment in 1858, the County has seen fit to honor many of those veterans in various ways over time, and we will discuss…

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Belteshazzar began his government career at an early age. Because of his talents, wisdom and character he rose to power in two different ancient empires: Babylon and the Medo-Persian. This government official was consistent in his convictions towards his god.

The Bible says, “And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:9-10). And, “Casting down imaginat…

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“But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.” 
― Mitch Albom, Fo…

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It’s been widely accepted that we have transitioned from an agricultural/industrial economy to a service-based economy. We require and use a LOT of services! According to the media, the service economy in the USA and developing countries is mostly concentrated in financial services, hospital…

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Obituaries

Ruth Anne Mosteller, age 86, of Live Oak, FL, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Suwannee Health Care Center following a lengthy illness. As per her wishes, finalization will be by cremation. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net. Harris Funeral Home & Cremat…

Roger Williams, age 85, of Dowling Park, FL, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net. Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. is in charge of all arrangements.

John Michael Kelly, age 66, of Jennings, FL, passed away, June 13, 2019 at his home in Jennings, FL. As per his wishes, finalization was by cremation. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., was in charge of all arrangements.

Ada Virginia Kinsey, age 84, of Live Oak, FL, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center, Haven Hospice in Lake City, FL following a lengthy illness. She was a native and life-long resident of Live Oak, FL and was of the Baptist faith. Ada loved crocheting and sha…

Geri LaRose, age 82, of Live Oak, FL, passed away June 20, 2019. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net. Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. was in charge of all arrangements.