A practical way to live in God’s peace

by William F. Holland Jr., DD., C.ED.D., Minister/Chaplain

Every now and then I’m asked why I do not express my thoughts about political and social issues. Of course, I have personal opinions about all that is going on just like you, but do we really need more repetitive commentary especially when it comes to confirming how disturbing the world has become? How could I help anything by joining in with the crowd to criticize and argue about problems which are politically and socially divisive?

Rocking worried…


My granddaughter, Sneaks, got her driving license. She texted me about it this morning, and I sat in my recliner with my feet on the seat, hugging my knees and gently rocking for hours while the TV played show after show, none of which I recall. Later this afternoon she informed me that because her insurance had not yet gone through, she did not get to do what she had planned, to drop her father off after the road test, pick up her friend and drive to school, and later drive herself to work and back.

Caption this! 2/16/2018

Robynn Othouse: The human you see left me his button pushing control. I wonder if my bowl will not be empty ever again. I must learn to train the human better.

Mary Carwell: I guess it's time to clean my litter box...glad I have an automatic one because I would be in trouble if I had to depend on my owner to clean it!

Rosana Jones: Hmmm what's on big brother tonite...hope it zing bot

Kristara Martin: Bwahaha the hound is now MY minion

Theresia Russell Gibson: Okay Dog! What are you going to do for me today?

‘Deep State,’ ‘Fake News,’ Are Not New

Adon Taft for 48 years was a reporter and editor for The Miami Herald and taught social studies at Miami-Dade Community College. He lives in Brooksville, FL, and can be reached at [email protected]

Portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale circa 1850

Adon Taft

The idea of a “deep state” and “fake news’ is not new with the Trump administration. It began with critics of our first president, George Washington, whose birthday anniversary we celebrate Feb. 19.

As far as the east is from the west

by Dr. William Holland

Someone said, “Our lives are defined by opportunities, including the ones we miss. Let us not weep over chances we have missed, but rather for the ones we did not take.” When I look back over my life, I can see where I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’ve also missed out on some wonderful opportunities. Maybe you are saying the same thing. If so, I encourage you to resist the temptation to live in regret. Humans are fallible creatures and we all make wrong choices but at least our disappointment reveals that we care and that’s a good thing.

The question at the heart of Christmas

Suppose they had public opinion polls some 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem or as far away as Rome or Syria.

How many folks would have said “yes” to the question: Will all history be divided into two categories: Events that happened before a seemingly routine occurrence one night in Bethlehem, a small town in the hills just south of Jerusalem, and those events that have taken place since then?

Certainly not the handful of Jewish shepherds in those hills who reported that angels told them that a special baby was to be born in town that night.

Making Space for God

Adon Taft

At a time when space travel is taken for granted, many of us overlook the faith that made possible Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s walk on the virgin dust of the moon half a century ago on July 16,1969.

Even more so, the faith that prompted the first European settlers to found the colonies that became what we now know as the United States of America seems all but forgotten.


by Louise Brown

Mother Nature recently woke up on the wrong side of her bed. She didn’t realize that there would be loss of life, homes, prize possessions, devastation to many areas of Florida.

The very young don’t remember that we have been through this before, all the adults remember it all too well.

We mourn our loved ones and regain our strength and move on, Florida will rebuild.

Slowly the lights are on, thanks to the electric company and all the companies from other states that have come to help.

Virtuous citizens are essential for a republic

 Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio has a new book, available on Amazon and other sites, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.

A free and just government cannot make and enforce enough laws to insure a high functioning and safe environment for its citizens. A viciously intimidating dictatorship or a sophisticated psychological “thought control regime” can create stability at the expense of freedom and innovation. These repressive societies gradually degenerate into police states using more physically and psychologically abusive methods of control.