Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Mitzi Hahn is a lady on a mission. Her passion is to educate, serve, encourage and inspire the women of Apopka. And it was from a very disturbing story that triggered this passion. On her Facebook page she writes:“Three miles away from our church lived Andrea, a single mom. She was isolated, and depressed; she felt alone. On Mother’s day weekend in 2004, she poisoned her 3 children, hid their bodies between two mattresses, and drove away, intending to kill herself. She didn’t get that far, she was arrested, and is now serving a life sentence in prison.Mitzi Hahn Andrea’s story shocked me, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. How could she live so close to our church, with so many Christians, so much ministry going on, and still have this happen? I went to visit her, and she told me her story. Andrea is a Christian, and was a good mother. She had been going to church, until something happened, she never said exactly what. She stopped going, and became isolated. She told me that’s when the enemy got ahold of her and took her down that long, dark road.And there, but for the grace of God, go I.Andrea wasn’t homeless. She wasn’t a battered wife. Her children were not hungry, nor did they have special needs.There is no ministry for the Andreas of our world outside the church.”Hahn is the guest today on 1520 WBZW’s “My Hometown”, She will talk about her group’s efforts to start a Books/Coffee/Craft Center called Jacob’s Well. Her vision is to educate, serve, encourage, and inspire women to abundant life through the love and power of Jesus Christ.“My Hometown” airs afternoons from three to five and Hahn will be the guest at three. At four join Nick LoCicero and Jim Turner with attractions news and ideas for fun, adventure and excitement! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSJacob’s WellJim TUrnerMitzi HahnMy HometownWBZW 1520am Previous articleApopka High School FFA Raising Funds to Travel to NationalsNext article2001: An Online Odyssey Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear
2. Less is more.According to popular belief, it is better to fill a space with several small pieces of furniture. However, design savvy professionals and homeowners are turning this idea on its head by using fewer, yet larger pieces to furnish living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms. By doing so, this creates an optical illusion of space and adds a designer’s touch. TAGSDesignSmall Spaces Previous article7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while travelingNext articleMayor Teresa Jacobs to deliver the 2017 State of Orange County Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 4. Bring only what you love.When designing a small space like a bathroom, thoughtfully selected wall or shower surfacing can make a huge difference. Consider unexpected textures, designs, and materials such as Neolith sintered stone in the Lebanese cedar-inspired La Boheme design, pictured here.It may seem obvious, but when moving or scaling back on your next home, be sure to take an inventory of everything you own, and only bring items that make you happy. Without the extra storage space larger homes afford, downsizing is a great opportunity to really ask yourself, “Do I love this and do I need it?” When you have only the possessions you love surrounding you in your new space, it will automatically feel bigger.To start your small space project, experiment with different styles and colors through online design tools, like the visualizer on www.neolith.com. While smaller rooms demand creative thinking and individuality, quality design is well within reach. 1 COMMENT The Anatomy of Fear 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 1. Think durable material that can handle double duty.As people continue to downsize, it is important to maximize space by having rooms work double duty. If your home isn’t large enough to accommodate an eating area and an office, have your kitchen island work as both.To keep up with daily wear, such as sliding pots and pans, plates, spills and more, look to a high performance countertop such as Neolith. This material is scratch, heat and stain-resistant. It’s also non-porous and hygienic, so there’s no need to worry about cross-contamination on office papers by day and food by night. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Thoughtful home designsDuring the 1950s, the average-sized American home was just around 1,700 square feet. Fast forward to today, and the average size has increased to about 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many Americans think the bigger the better, there is a growing trend of homeowners around the country opting to downsize to tiny homes, condominiums, apartments or just smaller single-family homes.Deciding to scale down is driven by many reasons — the quest for less maintenance, parents recently becoming empty nesters, an increase in the cost of living or simply looking to live a greener lifestyle. However, having less square footage doesn’t need to mean skimping on style or function.Short on space? Have your kitchen island work double duty as an office. With a non-porous, hygienic, stain- and scratch-resistant stone like Neolith, shown here in the marble-inspired Calacatta design, there’s no need to worry about cross-contamination on office papers by day and food by night.If you are planning on downsizing, here are four tips for thoughtful small space home design. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Mama Mia Ahh……obviously somebody doesn’t own stock in drapery, blind, and shutter companies. Again, no curtains or covers over the windows or doors. Peeping toms love this, especially get a load of that toilet in front of that bare window to the outside…. An exhibitionist’s dream bathroom! LOL 3. Make a statement.When designing a small space like a bathroom, thoughtfully selected wall colors can make a huge difference. To really make a statement, think beyond paint with unexpected textures, designs and materials such as Neolith sintered stone in the La Boheme design. This decor is an accurate interpretation of Lebanese-inspired cedar that adds visual interest and is much easier to maintain than its natural counterpart.Finish off the look with oversized art, large mirrors to bounce light around the room, a floating sink and toilet, and open shower to pack a punch in a small space. March 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 2 – Business 0 – Residential 7 – Vehicle Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleVideo translator makes patient communication easierNext articleRed Light Camera vote highlights a busy City Council agenda Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Apopka Burglary Report: Week Ending – 6/19/2017The Apopka Burglary Report for the week 6/12/2017 – 6/19/2017 shows nine burglaries reported in the City of Apopka.No burglaries were reported at residences.Seven vehicle burglaries were reported on Welch Hill Circle (3), Marshall Lake Road, Cobblefield Circle, West Main Street, and Woodwind Drive.Two burglaries at businesses were reported on West Orange Avenue and Bonsai Street.Apopka Chief of Police Michael McKinley tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week: Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here 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.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Apopka opens first fire station in 20 yearsFirehouse Lane is a quiet little road in northwest Apopka that intersects with Jason Dwelley Parkway on its way to the Northwest Recreation Facility. 1865 Firehouse Lane is the only address on this short tree-lined road, but it’s an important one that in many ways represents the next step in managing the massive growth and progress that this part of Apopka is experiencing.And even though Google Maps cannot find them, the men and women serving at this address can find you. Quickly. And probably when you need help the most.1865 Firehouse Lane is the site of the Apopka Fire Department’s Station #5, and on Friday morning, it turned the heads of a grateful community with an impressive grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony. “Today is a day of great pride not only for the Apopka Fire Department but for the entire city of Apopka,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. “Even before I took office the forecast for this part of Apopka has been for growth. And that forecast for growth is with us today. In January of this year, the Apopka Fire Department ran more than 1,000 calls for service, which is compared to a normal January of 550. This fire station will serve our community. It will save lives for generations to come.”Fire Station #5 is the first additional fire station opened in Apopka in 20 years – meeting the need for an improved emergency response in Orange County’s second-largest city. Construction started in August for the $1.6 million, 7,800-square-foot facility that was designed by The Lunz Group and built by Miller Construction Management. The building includes four vehicle bays, operations offices as well as meeting, eating and sleeping areas. “For me, this is such a crowning glory,” said Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez. “I have been involved with the fire department from the very beginning. And to see it come to fruition… to actually see it become a reality is very emotional for me. I absolutely love our first responders. As a retired and former first responder, I understand what it is to serve and so to get this fire station finished is a blessing. I thank each and every one of you who served here.”The staff will include 21 firefighters – seven for each of three shifts. Emergency vehicles will include a fire engine, ambulance and a rapid response squad truck that will carry equipment for vehicle accidents and other emergencies.What an exciting day,” said Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson. “And this really is a beautiful building. It’s first-class. But this building would be nothing without the men and women that are serving our community. The work that they do saves lives. This is a great use of the taxpayer’s money.”Fire Station#5 will significantly improve emergency response times to the largely residential areas of northwest Apopka and also handle vehicle accidents along Wekiva Parkway and State Road 429. The opening of Fire Station #5 and its proximity to the city’s newly constructed Brush Drive cuts an estimated six minutes off of emergency responses to Rock Springs Ridge, Oak Ridge, Wekiva Run and other nearby neighborhoods.Firefighters for Station No. 5 have worked for weeks from a temporary location at the Northwest Recreation Complex that opened on December 3rd. Another temporary fire station – Station No. 6 – opened that same day at Florida Hospital Apopka’s new location off of Harmon and Ocoee Apopka roads.Apopka Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale remembers when this station was a future plan, but an economic downturn in the economy slammed the brakes on the project.Fire Station #5 was actually in the idea stage is more than a decade ago. As you know because of the recession we had to put those plans on hold. But it’s time now. We have significant growth in this area. Housing developments are springing up everywhere. Fire Station #5 will serve this community well, cut down on response times, and save lives.”Editor’s Note: The City of Apopka Public Information Office contributed to this article. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here TAGSApopka Fire Chief Chuck CarnesaleApopka Fire DepartmentFire Station #5 Previous articleI-4 Beyond the Ultimate: The long road aheadNext articleThe Apopka Voice Townhall set for Seats #1 and #2 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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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. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear TAGSthe conversation.comWorld Oceans Day Previous articleBreaking News: Apopka Fire Department responds to reported Rock Springs Ridge fireNext articleApopka Chamber Morning Mingle: A Byrd, a big fish, and the minor leagues? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! By Pamela T. Plotkin, Associate Research Professor and Director, Texas Sea Grant, Texas A&M University, and first published on theconversation.com.On beaches from North Carolina to Texas and throughout the wider Caribbean, one of nature’s great seasonal events is underway. Adult female sea turtles are crawling out of the ocean, digging deep holes in the sand and laying eggs. After about 60 days turtle hatchlings will emerge and head for the water’s edge, fending for themselves from their first moments.I have spent 36 years studying sea turtle ecology and conservation. All seven species of sea turtle found around the world are classified as vulnerable or endangered. Nesting season is an important opportunity for us to collect data on turtle abundance and trends. For those of us who have spent decades studying turtles on nesting beaches, anticipation builds as we prepare for their arrival. And when that first turtle comes ashore to usher in the nesting season, it feels as though we are welcoming home old friends.Today most coastal areas in the United States protect beaches during nesting season. Government agencies, researchers, and volunteers monitor many beaches and help hatchlings make it to the water. These measures have helped turtle populations increase. For example, the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), which was on the brink of extinction in the mid-1980s, has increased from a few hundred nests to over 20,000 nests laid in 2017.But turtles face many hazards in the water, including plastic pollution and accidental harm or death in encounters with commercial fishermen. The future of sea turtle research depends on finding new ways to assess turtles’ status and trends at sea as well as on the beach.National Park Service biologist Shelby Moneysmith at a loggerhead turtle nest in Biscayne National Park, Florida. NPSTallying turtle nestsFemale sea turtles typically nest several times in a year. They may leave all of their eggs at one specific beach or nest at several beaches to spread out their reproductive investment. They typically return to the same stretch of coast year after year.To monitor population trends, scientists count the number of nests made on a beach during an entire nesting season. They estimate how many times an individual female turtle nests during one nesting season, and use simple arithmetic to calculate the estimated number of females that nested that year.We also walk nesting beaches to find individual turtles, collect data and biological samples from them and attach tags to their flippers. If researchers re-encounter a tagged turtle during a subsequent nesting season, they will record her return and revise their estimate of how many offspring she produces. Sea turtles typically nest every two, three or four years, so biologists need long-term data over multiple decades to track population trends.On a few beaches, olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) emerge synchronously and en masse to nest in enormous groups of hundreds to thousands, known as arribadas (Spanish for “arrival”). When this happens there are so many turtles nesting at one time that a person could walk from shell to shell across the beach without stepping on the sand. It is impossible to count most of these turtles, and finding a tagged individual from among the throngs is like looking for a needle in a haystack.Witnessing an arribada is the most thrilling wonder of nature I have experienced. The sight, smell and sound of thousands of turtles on a beach digging holes in the sand and laying eggs, choreographed to music only they can hear and understand, is indescribable.Olive ridley sea turtles in an arribada (mass nesting). Christine Figgener, Author provided (No reuse)An incomplete pictureAlthough researchers have used these methods for decades, they do not give us a full enough picture to assess how well global conservation efforts are working.One challenge is that there are too many turtles and not enough funding to record every nest on most beaches. Many nesting sites are remote, hard to access and logistically challenging places to live and work for months at a time. There are tens of thousands of miles of coastline where no one counts sea turtle nests regularly and systematically.Second, turtles don’t always produce the same number of young from one season to another. Like all animals, they invest their energy into metabolism, growth, survival, and reproduction. When food is limited, they often lay fewer eggs.Third, and perhaps most importantly, breeding females are not the only important sea turtle demographic group. Biologists want to develop population models they can use to interpret population changes, identify threats in marine habitats, predict risk, evaluate the impacts of management activities and assess sea turtle status and trends. To do this, we also need other demographic information, such as age-specific and sex-specific survival rates and age at sexual maturity. Researchers are trying to collect these kinds of data, but it is logistically challenging when we are dealing with turtles at sea.Juvenile Kemp’s ridley turtle equipped with a miniature solar-powered satellite transmitter to track its movements. Florida FWC, CC BY-NC-NDHazards in the waterThese constraints help to explain why a recent study to develop a stock assessment model for Kemp’s ridley sea turtles found that the population was growing at a slower rate than scientists had anticipated. The study did not identify a specific cause, but it took many demographic variables into account, as well as conservation efforts and turtles killed by fishermen. All of these factors are critically important to assessing a population’s status and projecting its future growth.Another recent study showed that since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – the prime residence area for Kemp’s ridleys – the turtles have produced fewer young. The spill triggered significant environmental changes in the Gulf, across multiple habitats and species including invertebrates, birds, fish, and dolphins.Oil spills aren’t the only threat. According to a recent estimate, the Pacific Ocean garbage patch covers an area “twice the size of Texas.” According to some projections, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish.Ocean plastic can kill marine animals when they are ensnared by it or ingest it in large quantities. Scientists have found many species feeding on ocean plastics, from fish living in the deepest ocean trenches to seabirds feeding at the surface. Since the early 1980s, I have studied sea turtle diets and have found plastic in the stomachs and intestines of virtually all sea turtle species from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.Some advocates assert that most of this trash comes from fishing gear. Fishing certainly is a major source: One survey of the Pacific garbage patch found that broken fishing nets comprised nearly half of it by weight.But consumer items, like toys and plastic bottles, are also part of the problem. In 2015 a Texas A&M University research team was taking samples from a 77-pound olive ridley sea turtle and found a 4-inch plastic drinking straw completely embedded in its nose, potentially making it harder for the turtle to breathe and smell – and thus to find food. Video footage of these researchers removing the straw from the turtle’s nostril, which has been viewed online more than 22 million times, offers convincing evidence of how much suffering plastic trash can inflict on wildlife.Biologists conduct in-water research and monitoring of green, Kemp’s ridley, and loggerhead sea turtles off Florida’s Gulf Coast.Overfishing also threatens sea turtles and other non-target animals, such as marine mammals and seabirds. Researchers believe that fishing pressure in the Pacific Ocean is the primary cause of a recent collapse of the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) population in the eastern Pacific and now threatens the dwindling western Pacific leatherback.Climate change is triggering changes in ocean temperature, chemistry, circulation and sea levels. These shifts also threaten sea turtles, but there is little quantitative research so far on how they will affect any species.The world’s oceans are changing at an unprecedented pace, and scientists’ methods for assessing sea turtle populations must evolve rapidly too. We need new research tools for observing ocean conditions above and beneath the surface, as well as robust population models that incorporate these new threats, to manage these globally protected species. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
nicole Reply charles towne July 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate These stories of birds in y’alls lives reminds me of how in some biblical stories, birds were even beneficial to humans. I think of Noah and the ark and the raven and the dove that let Noah and His family know when it was safe to come out of the ark. Another story I like is when God sent ravens ( kinda like big crows, huh?) to feed Elijah when he was in hiding from King Ahab. Scripture also promises, in the end time when God’s people will be hiding from those that will seek to kill them, that bread will be given them and their water shall be sure. I wonder if He will have ravens or some other bird feeding them. Jus sayin, Never thought of that before, but your stories made me think of that possibility. But of course, God’s ways are so far above ours and He has a thousand ways to take care of His children. As a child, I enjoyed “catching and releasing” baby killdeers not realizing how frantic I made the parent birds. I enjoyed the challenge and thought nothing of the poor parents. But I would never kill a bird. Maybe chase and scare them away like crows and blue jays that were annoying, but loved the song birds. Interesting how our upbringing can predispose us to certain unkind or unhealthy behaviors but as we mature hopefully we see things more clearly as y’all have pointed out so well. These stories of birds and other creatures have been very special. Thanks to all and you, and especially you unka Chuck for your reminiscings! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here August 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm Thank you for this insightful and powerful message. Our lives truly do have a ripple effect…one action impacts so many lives in so many different ways. Important to put this in perspective once in awhile. So, today I will think about how all good things I do will impact others…nice way to start a Sunday, right? Reply Dear CSG, In my life as a writer speaker and inquisitive wanderer I have learned that in most communication there is usually several facets of communication waiting to be explored. Take my mourning crow for instance. Crows talk a lot to each other and the world in general. There are some that believe crows have an extensive language with which they can and do express themselves quite well. That long ago experience reveals grieving. Grieving alone might not reveal much but combining it with the other emotions this marvelous bird is able to communicate should give us cause to reflect on its depth of intelligence and communication ability. If we could only see nature in its true sense we might be astounded at what we are missing. Chaz Kristin, isn’t it true that our decisions, great or small, can live on to haunt us? That experience, though it happened scores of years ago lives with me even yet, and now it is yours as well! Blessings dear one, Chaz NH Thanks for your inspiring reviews of my writings, Mr. Towne. You “read” all that, into that little true story of my first and last hunting experience? I had to look up your word, “pathos” that you used, as I didn’t know what that meant….if you say so, lol July 29, 2018 at 8:30 am Nicole, isn’t it the truth? Harmony my friend is a thing we humans must learn. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz Dear Mama Mia, You wrote, “So she shot a bunch of the birds and they fell down into the snow and bloodied the snow and we went over and picked them up and I practically cried.” Your few words are rich! In that brief sentence you exposed your true self. In that brief sentence, in 31 words, without trying, you expressed more feeling and emotion than many writers express in a lifetime. Chaz August 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm charles towne Dear Mama Mia, when you write about your childhood you express a delightful degree of humor as well as pathos. Keep writing, the bread bag shoe covers are wonderful, the refusal to shoot the sparrows touched my heart, God bless you, Chaz July 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Don Lindsey Beautiful article Chuck. Growing up in the Midwest I remember my brothers talking about hunting crow and such at my grandparents farm. Never thought much about it then but your column shines a different light on it for me now. Even the crow is God’s creature, relatable and deserving of respect. July 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm Reply 21 COMMENTS July 29, 2018 at 8:02 am Reply “Every creature is better alive than dead; men, moose and pine trees, and he that understands it aright would rather preserve it’s life than destroy it.” Henry David Thoreau Please enter your comment! July 30, 2018 at 10:52 am TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleThe king of comedyNext articleWendell Wilkie: A statesman for the ages Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR July 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here This is a heartwarming story of learning about the love and compassion that animals have for each other. And the love we can show them by honoring them whenever possible. It is such a rich world of creatures and it will be nice when we one day live in better harmony and understanding with each other. It is really up to us humans, though, eh? Dear Chuck…I never tire of your articles!! In most of them, at some point, I get a good laugh or at least a good chuckle. I love to see others’ responses, as well.This crow story had a lot of emotions rolled into it…humor, then sad, ending in thought provoking. I know crows can be quite annoying at times, even downright irritating. It made me wonder just how many times we are annoying or irritating to other people…even to the Lord, Himself!When we put ourselves and our own behavior into focus, the big picture takes on a whole new perspective. Thanks for the insight. God bless you richly. kristin Linda, we are so very fortunate to have all of nature. Your scripture illustrations are so appropriate to this article. Blessings to you and yours. Chaz Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply charles towne July 31, 2018 at 11:16 am Mama Mia Reply July 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm Reply CSG July 29, 2018 at 3:55 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear charles towne I had an incident with a crow, once upon a time. Coming home from work one day I saw a crow hopping alongside the road. When I went by the crow didn’t try to fly away. So, I stopped and backed up to take another look. It looked like the crow had been hit by a car and was injured. I decided to pick him up and see what I could do with him, when I got home. I put him on the floor of the right seat and he seemed OK with that. At home we checked him over and it looked like he had a broken wing. The two girls and my wife thought we should take him to our local vet, which we did. He said he had never tried to work on a crow before but said he would try, and told us to leave him until the next day. When we went back he had removed the wing and gave the crow some antibiotics. The girls decided his name was to be “blackie.” We fixed up a large platform on the outside of our living room picture window, and Blackie loved it! There was a big azalea bush under the platform and that was blackie’s home for weeks. The girls would go out to feed him and he would jump up on their arm or shoulder and ride around….like he owned the place! One day the girls came in crying and holding up two black feathers. Seems my mother’s cat was under the platform cleaning up what was left of blackie!I will say this about blackie, the crow; he was very smart and seemed to enjoy himself even though he could no longer fly. And, he seemed to enjoy it when the girls would take him for rides on their shoulders. Reply July 30, 2018 at 7:46 am I enjoyed this article you wrote Mr. Towne. I really like birds and have always been fascinated with them. I have had a lot of birds throughout the years, that I kept, as pets, but over the years, I am now down to just two white doves, and they are getting mighty old! I know their cooing sounds all too well, lol. I love to hear them, and they don’t bother me one little bit, as I am oblivious to their cooing sounds, and all my past dogs, and current dog, loved to sleep to their cooing. Sometimes they decide to get fairly repetitious, while lowering and raising their heads and continue on and on, making noises. They may have OCBP, like people have with the constant hand washing….lol. They also make really cool laughing noises too. They are beautiful and don’t bite, and I let mine out in my house to fly around, I just have to be sure the ceiling fan is off, stove burners aren’t on, plus my cat hasn’t slipped in. I used to have cockatiels, parakeets, and love birds. My mother used to come over, and I would set my cockatiel, Jethro, upon my mother’s shoulder, and he would take his beak and try his best to pull my Mama’s diamond out of her wedding rings. I told her, “Mama, Jethro’s trying to eat your diamond!” ….”You better watch him”….and she just laughed, saying he can’t get it. I said, “But what if he does eat it and swallow it!” and she would just laugh, and play with him. He would sit on my husband’s head and pull his hair and pull his beard. He was one character. He would whistle at me when I undressed and changed clothes. I swear, he did that. My husband thought it was funny and said he was a dirty bird. His mate was named Ellie May. Like on the Beverly Hillbillies………. Although, I have fished a lot in my life. Most of the time, if left up to me, I released the fish I caught. I didn’t want to keep them, but sometimes the people I fished with, insisted on keeping them. I really feel strongly about not killing mammals though, or birds. Pythons, that is a different story though, lol. Bring on the python hunters! Don, you are so right about them being smart. Ravens, crows and their relatives are all extremely intelligent. When I was a boy I was owned by several crows at various times and each of them was an incurable trickster. Keep in mind that my crows were in possession of both wings so they could fly very well. One of them, Joe by name loved to pull the clothes pins from the clothes on the clothes line and drop the clothes on the ground. My mother would run at him and he would fly away just out of her reach and laugh at her. Joe eventually had an affair with a cute lady crow of ill repute and she led him away to a life of crime. Thanks Don, Chaz July 30, 2018 at 4:27 pm charles towne Mama Mia O dear NH, i love it when folks think outside the box! Our every word, our every act, has what you have so perceptively called “a ripple effect.” “O Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, (that is my very thoughts) be acceptable to you, my Lord, my strength and my redeemer!” Yeah, it is a good way not only to start a Sunday but to live our lives! I can hear the Father saying to you, “WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL FRIEND, ENTER IN TO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD!” Chaz Reply Reply Reply Mama Mia, I am proud of you for your stance on shooting the sparrows. What you wrote about the bread bag shoe covers, about the rabbits, fishing, and life in general is charming. God bless you dear lady, Chaz Reply Reply Reply July 31, 2018 at 1:36 pm Reply charles towne Mama Mia Don Young InspirationBy Charles Towne We have all heard of the mourning dove. Most of us recognize a dove when we see it and the cooing of this lovely bird is recognized by all as being somewhat poignant, even sad. But, have you ever heard of a mourning crow?As a boy growing up in the Illinois of the 1940’s, hunting, fishing, and trapping were unremarkable activities. I was shooting squirrels, rabbits, and pheasants when I was six or seven years old to contribute to the family’s larder.During that time of eminent domain, we practiced our own form of ethnic cleansing, for darned near every kind of animal or bird was considered vermin.It was nothing to drive down a country road and see where a farmer had hung 20, 30 or more owls and hawks on his fence as trophies attesting to his prowess. During that time hawks of all kinds were called, “chicken hawks” and when a hawk was sighted a regular cry went up, ‘There’s a chickenhawk, run, get the gun!’Of course what the farmers were doing was setting themselves up for a very real infestation of vermin such as rats and mice which proliferated to plague proportions without their natural regulators, the hawks, and owls.And if you think the hawks had it bad, baby, you didn’t want to be a crow. Crows were at the top of the list of the undesirable element and also at the top of every boy’s hit list. They were shot, poisoned, and dynamited at their roosts literally by the tens of thousands, and at government expense no less!At that time the Future Farmers of America encouraged hunting and trapping as proper land management, as did the Boy Scouts of America. We shot everything and anything that moved and bragged of the killing. Now I said that to say this… I considered it right and proper to shoot animals, but some things happen in our lives that have a profound impact, an effect that can be life-changing. Many years have passed since the occasion I am about to relate and yet I can see it still. A group of crows started showing up each day in my woods and I laid-in-wait for them with my twenty-two rifle.Within minutes I had a dead crow at my feet and as every crow hunter knows if you position a dead crow on top of a fence post it acts as a decoy to the rest of the flock and if you are clever and remain well concealed you can keep shooting and wipe out the entire group.I placed the crow on top of a post and took up my position, rifle at the ready.A single crow began calling and soon it flew down and landed near the dead crow. I took aim but something kept me from pulling the trigger. In retrospect, I know what that something was.The crow hopped closer to the fencepost where the dead bird sat still as death and then it flew up to a branch of a nearby tree. A distance of four or five feet separated the dead from the living.The visitor cocked its head and gazed at the inanimate bird as it began to cluck and croon. It flew near the dead bird several times as though attempting to drive it into flight but, sad to say, dead birds don’t fly.Eventually, I left and returned to the house but later I looked and the crow was still there, slouched, crouching there in its black mourning attire, crooning and whispering so sorrowfully.I believed then and believe now that the mourning crow was the dead crow’s mate.On the third day I went out and buried the crow that I had destroyed, only then did the mourning crow leaveOur actions and the results of those actions can impact us in profound ways. So it was with the mourning crow.That was the last crow I ever shot.AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYER Dear God, how it must grieve you to see heartless behavior in your children, those you have created to watch over the animals. Yes, Lord, I want to please you in all things, in all ways. I want to glorify you by showing mercy toward all your creation. Lord, help me to have a spirit of protection, never destruction. Help me to recognize you as a merciful God, and to always practice mercy, love, and kindness. In Jesus’ most Holy name I ask this, AmenCharles 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. There were a lot of times because both of my parents worked, and I was an only child, I had to stay with various people, especially if there were blizzards and snow storms, and my parents would stay at the hotel my father worked at, because the roads were too bad to drive on, going back and forth to work in the city. We lived out in the country at that time. I stayed with my neighbors about a mile down the road at the school bus stop, and my parents paid our neighbors to let me stay with them, during the bad weather, and they had two girls, one a lot older than me, and another girl a little younger than me. The older girl was a total tomboy, and hunted, and she was about 17 and I was about 10 years old. My parents didn’t know it, but she took me and her younger sister hunting out in the woods, along the frozen creek banks, and they had on boots, but I had only brought regular shoes, and so the older girl “made” me boots with a few Merita Bakery bread bags and rubber bands over my shoes for boots. It was extremely cold, and I came so close to getting frost bite on my feet and toes, and we were way down in the woods, and she handed me her rifle and told me how to aim and how to shoot and told me to shoot the sparrow birds. I didn’t want to. So I said I didn’t know how. So she shot a bunch of the birds, and they fell down into the snow, and bloodied the snow, and we went over and picked them up, and I practically cried. She said okay, now you shoot them. I looked at those poor little birds and refused, and said” No, I am not shooting any birds, no way! ” I knew right then and there, hunting was not for me! And I have never killed an animal like that, just for fun or for food, or any reason. It is not in my makeup. Her daddy was a hunter and had a bunch of Beagle dogs he kept behind their house in a kennel, and he hunted rabbits, deer, and quail. I also ate at their home, and once thought I was eating fried chicken pieces, and learned it was fried rabbit, which made me sick, when I learned that little fact, because I had a bunch of pet rabbits, that I used to get for Easter, as pets. July 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm charles towne Reply charles towne July 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm July 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm charles towne charles towne Reply Linda Scott Reply July 29, 2018 at 6:07 pm Reply July 30, 2018 at 9:54 pm August 2, 2018 at 10:19 pm This is an interesting story of how people used to do things, not realizing the consequences until later. Like how the indiscriminate shooting of all the birds created an overgrowth problem with the other vermins. We learn as we go, I suppose. Even better is how you listened to your inner guidance and didn’t shoot the second crow. And then you watched, waited and observed. That poor mourning crow! I’m so glad it touched your heart and made a difference to you.
Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Adam HillVaping is receiving mixed reviews these days. Some people adore the habit, sharing it’s a great way to relax and enjoy as a hobby, helping them socialize and entertain, while others have a much more negative view on it. The health dangers are the number one concern the other side has with vaping, and seeing this hobby grow in popularity, especially among young people, only escalates their worry.Myths and stereotypes are common with each new trend, and vaping is not immune. First they were known for being a safe alternative to cigarettes. But now, as more research and information comes to light, fact is replacing myth and the concerns are on the rise. This doesn’t mean that vaping is declining though. To the contrary, use has more than doubled among young people since 2017. Vaping activity and the accompanying equipment have gained a notoriety that seems to thrive on its own, despite losing the “safe alternative” status.Spurring on the interest in vaping devices are the companies that develop the equipment, always on an endless pursuit of finding the best vape mods. And today’s vapers appreciate all the new functions being designed for them, sometimes happy to sacrifice comfort features in favor of having your best vape mod out that maximizes what they are able to take in. However, despite the improvement of vaping mods and satisfaction of its users, the question of its lasting viability depends on how the science of it comes to light and how the policy makers view its risk and impact.Vaping: What is it and why the concern?Vaping is the process of delivering nicotine via an electronic delivery system (ENDS). There is little doubt as to its rising popularity, not just in the states but globally. But the concerns surrounding it are growing louder, and mainly focused on these two issues: (1) teen addiction (hundreds of adolescents try vape mods each day and don’t seem to have plans to stop), and (2) chemical intoxication (flavorings are seen not only as addictive but the concern is that they also contain toxins and carcinogens).Debunking a main myth: vaping can help people stop smokingOne of the most deeply rooted myths is that vaping can help people give up smoking. The theory is that a person can slowly get rid of nicotine addiction by gradually dropping down the nicotine level in the e-liquid levels used in vaping.A 2018 research study shows that the use of even the best box mod vaping device will only help 10% of people stop smoking. What tends to happen instead is that people who start vaping just acquire another harmful habit. The smoking addiction gets replaced by another one – and unfortunately it’s one that isn’t any less powerful or addictive.Some scientists claim that, while vaping alone won’t help a person stop smoking, if it is used in conjunction with other means of trying to break the smoking habit, it could be seen as a step in the process toward success. Of course, not all scientists share this opinion, arguing still that the other health dangers of vaping still outweigh the potential benefit.The chemical make-up: a tinderbox waiting to explode?While the benefit of using vape mods for quitting smoking remains in question, scientists generally agree that the adverse effects that vaping poses are undeniable, particularly the danger of the chemical constitution of the flavorings for the vape mods.According to the studies published in the American Heart Association journal, flavorings used in vape juice can damage and impair the functioning of the heart and the blood vessels. Another study shows that the usage of high temperatures (which are usually used by the best vape mod for clouds) can convert an e-liquid into a carcinogenic substance.Additionally there is a study from PubMed Central that finds the e-juice used in vaping can contain up to six different Pyrazine additives. These flavor additives are used to encourage more smoking by boosting the vaping appeal. But their toxic properties are harmful, particularly for the human reproductive system. This risk alone puts teens health and futures at great risk.Unhealthy heavy metals have also been found in e-liquids. Among them, scientists found chromium, tin, aluminum, lead, nickel, cadmium, and more. The accumulation of these metals can increase the chance for developing cancer, particularly lung, mouth, and sinonasal cancers. Still more toxic elements are found in vaping, such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde (also known as ethanal), both found to be harmful to humans.The debate gets hotter when introducing the fact that other substances beyond e-liquids can be vaped. Many experts panic when considering how the use of marijuana will play out with vaping (in the form of an herb, oil, or as a wax concentrate) because of its known addictive properties. While there is some debate about the positives of dry herb evaporation, there is still much in the field of vaping and marijuana that needs further study.Lungs suffer first: the most severe effectsThe most well-known negative health effect of vaping is centered on the issue of inflammation. Smoking creates inflammation of the lung tissues (endothelium), resulting in the increased risk of several pulmonary diseases.The problem with testing e-liquid is that it doesn’t test out as “harmful” to the system until the liquid is vaporized. Once the liquid becomes vapor, then the damaging process begins, first by inhibiting the normal functioning of the body to receive oxygen, then prohibiting it from being able to get rid of harmful particles, leading eventually to the more damaging inflammation of and often irreversible destruction to the lung tissues.One other aspect to keep in mind is that the chemicals used in e-liquids that keep a person nicotine-dependent also serve to inhibit the body’s ability to clear out bacteria, which increases the risk of lung infections. One medical study confirms a link between vaping sessions and the development of lipoid pneumonia. While many such cases are characterized with only minor symptoms, others with repeated patterns of exposure can develop severe pneumonia and can be fatal.Last, but not least, is the unfortunate discovery of a number of studies that shows a growing interdependence between the use of vape mods as a constant hobby and lung diseases (such as pleural effusion, bronchiectasis, hypersensitivity pneumonia, eosinophilic pneumonia, and others).Vaping and nicotine: a hazardous gameStatistics show that most of the vapers that use e-liquid, versus wax, oil, or herbs, use the e-liquid that contains nicotine, and the levels of nicotine consumed by vapers are even higher than the rates of nicotine consumed by smokers.This reality, along with the information we have on the other toxic chemicals used during vaping, as well as the facts on how much damage is done to the body because of prolonged vaping — damage to the respiratory system, the immune system, down to the negative affects on cognition, emotions and mental activity — all of this begins to wash away any “safe” image one might have about vaping.With of all this information coming to light, it’s easy to see how vaping is a hazardous game for those who might be thinking of trying it. And why experts continue to be concerned and scientists continue their studies to find ways to keep overturning the hidden rocks of unhealthy habits in an effort to keep us safe. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! TAGShealth risksVaping Previous articleWhat’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?Next articleRainfall deficits add to ongoing dry conditions Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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