TAGSICYMIWeek in Review Previous articleThe best news of the weekNext articleSolutions to gun violence in our schools: Let’s Talk About It Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 8 stories that shaped Apopka’s news week:Peace Officers Memorial: Apopka Honor Guard pays tribute in DCFormer Apopka Principal inducted into Orange County Public School Hall of FameApopka senior receives scholarship from Apopka City CommissionersWekiva grad signs with the Pittsburgh SteelersSeat 4 Good tandem voted onto LANGD BoardOn Peace Officers Memorial Day, we honor the responders of last resortBill Arrowsmith Boulevard? Billie Dean Avenue? The wheels are in motion…Gubernatorial candidate spends a day on the job at South Apopka’s Arbor Bend Development Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Reliable, abundant, clean and versatile—these are all words used to describe natural gas, one of the most common forms of energy in the U.S. While it is often used to fuel power plants and factories, natural gas is also a great way to heat water, cook food and generate electricity. In fact, many Americans are starting to turn to natural gas to meet their day-to-day energy needs, and it’s becoming more common here in Florida as well.With more and more families using natural gas, here are 10 reasons to consider making the switch:Domestic: Approximately 85 percent of natural gas consumed in the U.S. is produced domestically, with supply coming from 33 different states.Versatile: Natural gas is ideal for space-heating and water-heating. But it can also be used for stoves, clothes dryers and electricity, just to name a few.Reliable: Because natural gas comes from an underground pipeline, it’s always there when you need it, even when there’s a storm or power outage.Efficient: Natural gas is a cost-effective source of energy. Studies have shown that natural gas is twice as efficient as electricity, and gas appliances are faster, use less fuel and last longer.Convenient: Natural gas provides instant heat, precision cooking and long showers without ever running out of hot water. And you only pay for natural gas after you use it, not before.Good Investment: Adding natural gas service with efficient gas appliances often increases the resale value of homes.Environmentally-Friendly: Natural gas is the cleanest-burning energy source available, leaving only water vapor and trace amounts of inactive elements behind.Plentiful: Domestic supplies of natural gas are abundant, so there’s no need to worry about running out of fuel. This ample supply also helps reduce dependence on foreign sources.Space-Saving: With natural gas, there’s no need for a standard tank water heater. Tankless water heaters save space, while still providing endless hot water.Safe: The underground delivery system for natural gas has a remarkable safety record. Each year, the natural gas industry spends more than $4 billion on safety-related efforts.Making the switch to natural gas can be a great way to go green and save money as well. Lake Apopka Natural Gas District offers rebates for new and existing customers, as well as financing for gas appliances. To learn more, visit www.langd.org, call the LANGD marketing team at (407) 656-2734, ext. 307 or email [email protected] The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSLake Apopka Natural Gas District Previous articleWhat to eat to help the planet thriveNext articleWill anyone join Kilsheimer and Nelson in mayor’s race? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!
Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSFlorida HospitalHealthy Central FloridaWalk60 Previous article307 vote-by-mail ballots received for Apopka electionsNext articleDashcam videos show drowsy driving is far worse than reported Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Spring Move60 Challenge begins March 1stFrom Florida HospitalWalk, run, bike, swim, strike a yoga pose — whatever the activity, Central Floridians are encouraged to add more movement into their daily lives. And with the “Move60 Challenge,” residents have more options to take healthy steps, while also having accountability, fun and the opportunity to win great prizes.Healthy Central Florida and Florida Hospital, with the support of Florida Blue, will kick off the latest Move60 Challenge on March 1, in which participants will embark on a 60-day program to improve fitness and have fun.“Move60 is a simple and fun way to incorporate physical activity into your day. Whether it’s high-impact cardio or a relaxing walk, you get to decide what activities to participate in,” said Yamile Luna, assistant vice president of Florida Hospital Community Impact and Volunteerism. “The most important thing is to get up and get moving. The best part is you can enlist your friends, family or co-workers for fellowship, healthier living, and accountability touch points along the way.”The Move60 Challenge is free, and weekly prizes such as fitness gear, movie, and restaurant gift certificates will be awarded for added incentive. Participants can sign up individually or recruit a team of friends or co-workers. Each registered participant will receive a “Move60” T-shirt and pedometer, while supplies last.Central Floridians are encouraged to join the upcoming Move60 challenge at hcf.walkertracker.com/ or healthycentralflorida.org/. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The VOICE of Black History MonthBy Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert and first published on theconversation.com.Each semester I greet the students who file into my preaching class at Howard University with a standard talk. The talk is not an overview of the basics – techniques of sermon preparation or sermon delivery, as one might expect. Outlining the basics is not particularly difficult.The greatest challenge, in fact, is helping learners to stretch their theology: namely, how they perceive who God is and convey what God is like in their sermons. This becomes particularly important for African-American preachers, especially African-American women preachers, because most come from church contexts that overuse exclusively masculine language for God and humanity.African-American women comprise more than 70 percent of the active membership of generally any African-American congregation one might attend today. According to one Pew study, African-American women are among the most religiously committed of the Protestant demographic – eight in 10 say that religion is important to them.Yet, America’s Christian pulpits, especially African-American pulpits, remain male-dominated spaces. Still today, eyebrows raise, churches split, pews empty and recommendation letters get lost at a woman’s mention that God has called her to preach.The deciding factor for women desiring to pastor and be accorded respect equal to their male counterparts generally whittles down to one question: Can she preach?The fact is that African-American women have preached, formed congregations and confronted many racial injustices since the slavery era.Here’s the historyThe earliest black female preacher was a Methodist woman simply known as Elizabeth. She held her first prayer meeting in Baltimore in 1808 and preached for about 50 years before retiring to Philadelphia to live among the Quakers.First African-American church, founded by Rev. Richard Allen. D Smith, CC BY-NCAn unbroken legacy of African-American women preachers persisted even long after Elizabeth. Reverend Jarena Leebecame the first African-American woman to preach at the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. She had started even before the church was officially formed in the city of Philadelphia in 1816. But, she faced considerable opposition.AME Bishop Richard Allen, who founded the AME Church, had initially refused Lee’s request to preach. It was only upon hearing her speak, presumably, from the floor, during a worship service, that he permitted her to give a sermon.Lee reported that Bishop Allen,“rose up in the assembly, and related that [she] had called upon him eight years before, asking to be permitted to preach, and that he had put [her] off; but that he now as much believed that [she] was called to that work, as any of the preachers present.Lee was much like her Colonial-era contemporary, the famed women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. Truth had escaped John Dumont’s slave plantation in 1828 and landed in New York City, where she became an itinerant preacher active in the abolition and woman’s suffrage movements.Fighting the gender narrativesFor centuries now, the Holy Bible has been used to suppress women’s voices. These early female black preachers reinterpreted the Bible to liberate women.Truth, for example, is most remembered for her captivating topical sermon “Ar’nt I A Woman?,” delivered at the Woman’s Rights National Convention on May 29, 1851 in Akron, Ohio.In a skillful historical interpretation of the scriptures, in her convention address, Truth used the Bible to liberate and set the record straight about women’s rights. She professed:“Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, because Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.”Jarena Lee. TradingCardsNPS, CC BYLike Truth, Jarena Lee spoke truth to power and paved the way for other mid- to late 19th-century black female preachers to achieve validation as pulpit leaders, although neither she nor Truth received official clerical appointments.The first woman to achieve this validation was Julia A. J. Foote. In 1884, she became the first woman ordained a deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion AMEZChurch. Shortly after followed the ordinations of AME evangelist Harriet A. Baker, who in 1889 was perhaps the first black woman to receive a pastoral appointment. Mary J. Small became the first woman to achieve “elder ordination” status, which permitted her to preach, teach and administer the sacraments and Holy Communion.Historian Bettye Collier-Thomas maintains that the goal for most black women seeking ordination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was simply a matter of gender inclusion, not necessarily pursuing the need to transform the patriarchal church.Preaching justiceAn important voice was that of Rev. Florence Spearing Randolph. In her role as reformer, suffragist, evangelist and pastor, she daringly advanced the cause of freedom and justice within the churches she served and even beyond during the period of the Great Migrationof 20th century.In my recent book, “A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights,” I trace the clerical legacy of Rev. Randolph and describe how her prophetic sermons spoke to the spiritual, social and industrial conditions of her African-American listeners before and during the largest internal migration in the United States.In her sermons she brought criticism to the broken promises of American democracy, the deceptive ideology of black inferiority and other chronic injustices.Randolph’s sermon “If I Were White,” preached on Race Relations Sunday, Feb. 1, 1941, reminded her listeners of their self-worth. It emphasized that America’s whites who claim to be defending democracy in wartime have an obligation to all American citizens.Randolph spoke in concrete language. She argued that the refusal of whites to act justly toward blacks, domestically and abroad, embraced sin rather than Christ. That, she said, revealed a realistic picture of America’s race problem.She also spoke about gender discrimination. Randolph’s carefully crafted sermon in 1909 “Antipathy to Women Preachers,” for example, highlights several heroic women in the Bible. From her interpretation of their scriptural legacy, she argued that gender discrimination in Christian pulpits illustrated a misreading of scripture.Randolph used her position as preacher to effect social change. She was a member and organizer for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), which led in the work to pass the 18th Amendment, which made prohibition of the production, sale and transport of alcoholic beverages illegal in the United States. Her affiliation with the WCTU earned her the title “militant herald of temperance and righteousness.”Today, several respected African-American women preachers and teachers of preachers proudly stand on Lee’s, Small’s and Randolph’s shoulders raising their prophetic voices.The Reverend Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert is Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Baylor University and both his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleThe path to a strong community: Let’s Talk About ItNext articleSeven steps to selling your house Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSJuneteenth Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleWith cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still, another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which or neither of this version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.General Order Number 3One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former ‘masters’ – attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom. North was a logical destination and for many, it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America. Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territory. The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.Juneteenth Festivities and FoodA range of activities was provided to entertain the masses, many of which continue in tradition today. Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing and baseball are just a few of the typical Juneteenth activities you may witness today. Juneteenth almost always focused on education and self-improvement. Thus, often guest speakers are brought in and the elders are called upon to recount the events of the past. Prayer services were also a major part of these celebrations.Juneteenth In Modern TimesToday, Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. In recent years, a number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen to take their place alongside older organizations – all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African-American history and culture.Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states creating Juneteenth committees continues to increase. Respect and appreciation for all of our differences grow out of exposure and working together. Getting involved and supporting Juneteenth celebrations creates new bonds of friendship and understanding among us. This indeed brightens our future – and that is the Spirit of Juneteenth. The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Officers from the Apopka Police Department responded to a hit-and-run incident last night that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.According to the APD release, at approximately 8 pm on Wednesday night, a male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the area of 328 W. Main Street resulting in a fatality. The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene. The vehicle being sought by the APD is a silver or gray sedan with front driver side damage and missing the driver side mirror. The Apopka Police Department is seeking information from anyone in the area during the time of the crash. This is an ongoing criminal investigation and the Apopka Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the APD at 407-703-1757 or [email protected] Individuals with information can also call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS. The APD did not release the name of the victim.This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more details are known. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSApopka Police DepartmentHit and run Previous articleNelson confirms he will run for re-election in 2022Next articleLooking Back On Life-Changing Moments Helping You To Move Forward With Your Life Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
National$2.578$2.573$2.549$2.587$2.278$2.895$2.97 (5/26/2018)$4.11 (7/17/2008) But gas prices rose 4 cents this weekFrom AAAFlorida gas prices are back on the rise. The state average increased by four cents last week. Drivers are now paying an average price of $2.46 per gallon at the pump, an increase of nearly 30 cents per gallon from what drivers paid this time last year.“Gas prices could be dragged even higher this week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The state average could soon exceed $2.50 per gallon, based on the current level of wholesale gasoline. Crude prices rose last week after U.S. crude supplies dropped more than expected. The fuel market also remains bullish over optimism of a possible US-China trade agreement. These factors have gas prices going opposite of their usual downturn this time of year. Even still, gas prices are hovering within the same range they’ve been in since August.”“Looking forward, gas prices in 2020 are likely to follow a similar trend as in 2019; with price hikes in the spring, then a steady decline through the fall,” Jenkins continued. “Looking at futures prices, Florida gasoline could average around $2.50 per gallon in the first quarter, then jump 20-30 cents in the spring as refiners conduct seasonal maintenance and switch to summer gasoline. From there, gas prices decline slowly from July-September, then more rapidly through the end of the year. Based on current projections, Florida’s state average could finish 2020 in the $2.30 price range.”Gas prices in 2019 averaged less than the year before. Prices at the pump averaged nearly $2.50 per gallon in 2019. That’s 15 cents per gallon less than the annual average in 2018, but 13 cents more than what drivers paid in 2017. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. SundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year Ago2019 High(YTD)2018 HighRecord High TAGSAAAGas Prices Previous articleAAA Offers Tow to Go for New Year’s EveNext articleWhat’s New to Streaming in January Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2017$2.13$2.73$2.37 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Georgia$2.423$2.417$2.386$2.452$2.099$2.735$2.84 (5/27/2018)$4.16 (9/15/2008) 2019$2.12$2.80$2.50 AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline) Florida$2.459$2.458$2.418$2.436$2.176$2.795$2.92 (5/25/2018)$4.08 (7/17/2008) Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Click here to view current gasoline price averages Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here FloridaLowHighAnnual Average The Anatomy of Fear In 2019, Florida gas prices peaked at $2.80 per gallon in April, and sank as low as $2.12 in January. The highs and lows of 2019 were more favorable to drivers than last year. In 2018, Florida gas prices peaked at $2.92 per gallon, and reached as low as $2.16.Regional PricesMost expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.58), Gainesville ($2.52), Sebastian-Vero Beach ($2.51)Least expensive metro markets – Orlando ($2.41), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.41), Jacksonville ($2.42)Florida’s State Average:is the 20th lowest in the nationhad the 16th largest weekly increase compared to all other statesFind Florida Gas PricesDaily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.comState and metro averages can be found here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 2018$2.92$2.16$2.65
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply By John Haughey | The Center Square Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCOVID-19Florida Department of Economic OpportunityHighlightsSenator Marco RubioSenator Rick ScottStimulus BillThe Center SquareUnemployment Benefits Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleDept. of Health in Orange Co. receives first shipment of 16,000 Moderna vaccine doses Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 As many as 650,000 Floridians, including an estimated 500,000 whose state unemployment benefits have expired, could receive federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments between Christmas and the new year.Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill Monday night, with only six “no” votes in the Senate, including Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.Highlights of the stimulus include $120 billion for PUA unemployment benefits through March 14; $166 billion in payments of $600 to individuals making up to $75,000 per year and $600 per dependent child; and $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans businesses can use to meet payroll and not lay off workers.e renewed PUA benefits – 11 weeks of an additional $300 – should kick in for Floridians by Sunday.According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO), an estimated 651,000 Floridians are unemployed but only about 135,000 were claiming state benefits through last week.As many as a half-million Floridians have seen their 12 weeks of $275 state unemployment payouts expire. The 12 weeks of eligibility is the nation’s shortest, and the $275 weekly payout is the fifth-lowest in the U.S.With no federal assistance for state and local governments in the package, Florida lawmakers may be forced to ponder significant cuts to the state’s current budget and its fiscal year 2022 budget when they convene March 2.The state received $5.8 billion from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March to address budget concerns.State economists projected in August a $5.4 billion shortfall for the next two fiscal years, but on Monday, they trimmed an estimated $2.7 billion shortfall in fiscal 2022 shortfall by $2.1 billion after documenting better-than-expected sales and corporate income taxes through year’s end.According to the updated projections, Florida’s general revenue fund, the state’s primary source of discretionary spending, will accrue $32.5 billion this fiscal year and $34.3 billion in fiscal 2022, which still is a combined $3.3 billion less than pre-pandemic estimates.House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, who is recovering from COVID-19, said the revised projections are good news, but there’s still plenty of bad news awaiting lawmakers in 2021“By any measure, the significant gains reflected in [Monday’s] estimate do not negate the many difficult challenges we will face as we craft a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, or that families and businesses across our state are facing as we all continue to battle COVID-19,” said Simpson, R-Trilby. “We know all too well that these estimates can change in a heartbeat; therefore, the Senate will continue to proceed with caution.”Florida’s senior U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee and was pivotal in crafting the renewed $284 billion PPP, praised the new stimulus package.“Restaurants, live venues and small local chambers should finally be on the way,” Rubio said.Scott said he voted against the bill because “Washington is broken” and it “is almost 5,600 pages long.”“This crisis has devastated American small businesses and American workers, and I support many of the COVID-related provisions to boost small businesses, prevent further layoffs and enhance unemployment assistance – provisions necessary because of the recklessness of the Chinese Communist Party and the overzealous shutdowns by politicians here in America who do not know what it is like to struggle for money or for work,” Scott said.Scott spearheaded opposition to state and local government aid in the package.“States do not need bailouts; they want bailouts so they can use the money – intended to address the fallout from COVID – to plug the long-standing holes in their budgets and pension systems,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.” Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Reply Wonderful. Thank you for sharing. January 23, 2021 at 6:12 pm January 23, 2021 at 6:07 pm January 17, 2021 at 9:43 am You are so right! Love love LOVE this picture and article. God has given us so many gifts. If this is what the view from a bear is like, can you imagine God’s vision and perspective ? AMAZING. Gives you something to think about, right? Have a blessed day my dear friend and keep writing….. January 23, 2021 at 3:17 pm January 18, 2021 at 8:42 pm TAGSBEAR!Charles TowneFaithGodInspirationNatureSenses Previous articleMLK: Protest with resolve, and without violenceNext articleThe Benefits of Using the Kratom Products Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NH January 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm Faith & InspirationBy Charles TowneI closed my eyes for a few moments, must have dozed off. When I opened my eyes, a 200-pound female bear was standing in the creek about 15 feet from me. She just stood there gazing off into the swamp with her back towards me. It is a wonderful thing to be accepted by the bears, yes; accepted and at times ignored. She left as quietly as she came. Any sound she makes is far below my ability to hear.Such an incredible creature is my friend the bear. EdG, Ahh; dear friend, One thing we can do is not live just for the moment. Delay instant gratification. Another is, value all life. it is a frustrating situation when man doesn’t value his own life! If he doesn’t see the value of his own life enough to treat it as the temple that it is, how can he see the worth of those “others” man and animal All life is sacred, perverted by generations of sin? Perhaps, but sacred none the less. A man said, “Every creature is better alive than dead, men, moose, and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” More to come! Chaz Reply January 17, 2021 at 7:54 am January 17, 2021 at 6:07 pm Dear Judith, A heart can’t be touched unless that heart is open! Bless you my dear sister, Your big brother, Chaz January 24, 2021 at 4:03 pm charles towne Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. EdG, You are so right in your wise conclusion, but I feel it calls for more than coexisting in the way man interprets it. We, man, has proven that we cannot coexist even with our own kind. Let us become better than we are, more kind, more gentle, more compassionate! What do I mean by that? I can sum my conclusion up n one word, and that word is Christlike. Chaz charles towne Please enter your name here charles towne Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter January 19, 2021 at 8:13 pm What an amazing story! We take so much for granted and don’t even notice blessings God gives us daily! It is truly incredible how God has woven everything together. I pray we start thanking Him and get ourselves in tune with the big picture He has planned for us.God bless you! charles towne charles towne Reply Impressive story Charles, and Precious & Stunning Bear’s Pic !!! You’re Right !!!Incredible GOD gave us flora & fauna and many many gifts that we can’t appreciate all days … All creatures and plants with particularities turn this World UniQue !!!MUST Save our Planet !!! Love U, Little Bro Charles Towne Reply Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here love that! Thank you!!! Reply Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash Faith Fowler January 17, 2021 at 6:12 pm Reply January 21, 2021 at 8:58 am You said, “I feel it calls for more than coexisting in the way man interprets it.” Summing it up, you said, “I can sum my conclusion up n one word, and that word is Christlike.” What practical, “Christlike”, things can we/I do to preserve our wildlife and their habitat? Please, be specific. charles towne January 18, 2021 at 1:44 pm January 17, 2021 at 8:46 am Leo, yes my friend, I really appreciate the photo. Chaz Dear Cindy Hudson, It is people like you that make it all worthwhile! Bless you and yours, Chaz Mike McFadden 22 COMMENTS Leo CSG January 17, 2021 at 4:20 pm January 17, 2021 at 9:15 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Charles, I really love your bear story. Praise God for all of His creative acts including animals and especially mankind. Continue to post your stories!!! Reply January 19, 2021 at 9:27 am Great story as usual. I now see why you so appreciate that picture – it is so detailed. Keep the stories coming and stay warm. Reply Reply Reply Reply Reply charles towne January 23, 2021 at 3:03 pm Reply There is little that the bear misses. Her hearing is as keen as our own. And despite the belief that a bear’s eyesight is poor, we now know that she is blessed with exemplary sight and able to discern color. But where she really excels is in her marvelous sense of smell. To give you a little idea of just how wonderful her sense of smell is let me illustrate with a story. One day a pine needle fell to the forest floor. An eagle, flying high in the sky, saw the pine needle fall, for there is not much that escapes the wonderful sight of the eagle. A rabbit, out for a stroll, heard the pine needle fall, for there is little that fails to reach the ears of the rabbit. But, way over there on the other side of the forest, a grandfather bear was dozing when the pine needle fell. He lazily opened his eyes, sniffed, and said to his wife, “Hmm, a pine needle just fell on the other side of the forest.” His wife said, “Yes dear, and did you smell the pine needle fall on the little baby mouse that was napping on the forest floor?” Just imagine, if our merciful God gave these wonderful senses to the wild creatures,how much more has He provided for you and me? “Papa God, we thank you for your great love and mercy that you have blessed all of your creation. I wonder, could it possibly be that the greatest gift we can bless our children with is a great love, not just for others like us, but for all living creatures? Let us instill in the young a sense of awe, wonder, and respect for all life, for if we can show concern for even the smallest moth then surely we will respect one another even more. Praise you O’ Holy friend, praise you. Amen.” Reply Thanks for making the world a better place by continually reminding us of Christ’s love. Reply January 22, 2021 at 8:19 pm Jimmie L Waller January 17, 2021 at 9:21 am I loved the bear story. It teaches me that God loves all of His creation especially you and me. We are fearfully and wondrously made….praise God and thank you Charles. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 As we continue to impose on the homes of local wild by our aggressive building projects it is wise to learn as much as possible about them. Hopefully we’ll learn how to better coexist and preserve what is a gift from God. The Anatomy of Fear Hello CharlesThe first thing when we hear of bears, fear fills our senses and the need for caution. But in this case, the bear was minding her own business and not intimidating at all. No need to raise “High Alert”. I think this too is because one needs to have peace to know when peace is present. Praise Papa God for giving you peace, by so doing, HE allowed you to experience the beauty of creation in a non-threatening way. All Glory to God!!!Mignon Mike, you are so right! The detail in the photo is remarkable, but more than that there is an innate intelligence reflected in the eyes that indicates an intelligence that is quite extra ordinary. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could sit down next to a campfire at night and converse with the family of Ursa? Perhaps someday we will be given that great gift. I wonder if that wasn’t God’s original intent? One of us lost the gift of communication and I am not sure that it was bear? Bless you and yours my friend, chaz Jimmie Waller charles towne Cindy Hudson Dear NH, I believe there is something divine in all of God’s creatures, from the most insignificant to the most spectacular, and somewhere in that mix is man. Only our God can give you that gift of vision and perspective you speak of. O Holy God, open our eyes that we may se, open our hearts that we may love, Amen and Amen. Reply Mignon, you present a very good point. Fear begets fear; with man as well as animals. It is my experience that man presents a much greater danger than does man. Thanks s much for your observation dear friend. Bless you, Chaz January 17, 2021 at 6:01 pm EdG Dear CSG, you and NH have both hit the nail on the head this morning with the depth of your comments. What a wonderful God we serve! Chaz Jimmie, can you imagine the relationship Our Lord has with all of His creation? Blessings on you folks for eternity, Chaz Reply Reply EdG Reply Judith Hankes January 21, 2021 at 8:08 am Reply Please enter your comment! charles Mignon Waller Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.