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Columns

  • It's time

    Just in case you have not heard, this is my final column as editor of the Chiefland Citizen and Cedar Key Beacon. I gave my notice in mid-November and have been telling people the good news since.

    I am out the door on Friday, Jan. 27. At 64 I am taking the opportunity to enjoy some of the things my present occupation does not allow. That would include:

    being home for and cooking dinner in the evening, going out of town without having to time it for when there are no assignments, and polishing my skills at herding cats.

    This is a short list.

  • Counting my blessings

     A week from the time I am writing this, many of you will have overdosed on tryptophan, the amino acid in turkey that allegedly makes you sleepy or you've maxed out your credit cards or bank account on Black Friday deals.

    Either way, you've probably taken a minute – or 10 – to think about all those things that make you grateful.

    Last year, I told you what a difficult year it was and that I knew this year would be better.

  • It’s a gamble with the cat food

     So I am checking out of the Cat Food Store as The Carnivore calls the mega pet supply center in that town that turns blue and orange on Saturdays in the fall (like a scene from “The X Files”) when the cashier asks, “How many cats do you have?”

    “Four.”

    She looks over the two-week supply of cans, bags and treats that fills two of those reusable totes,. “They like a variety of food,” she says.

  • Finally a clean election

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    or several years I have started off the "silly season", better known as campaign season with a fervent wish that things would be clean and without some of the negativism that has plagued other campaign seasons. 

  • Here I go again

     I miss spending lazy Fridays chatting with Winnelle Horne on the porch of the Levy County Quilt Museum. 

    She certainly tolerated my foolishness while educating me on Levy County culture. 

    One thing the late founder often said to me,”You're certainly opinionated.”

    “Um huh. You want me to leave now?”

  • Thank goodness for Mississippi

    Ever since I wrote the column about the Mississippi Roast and The Carnivore things have been changing at Herding Cats Ranch. 

    Shortly after the roast debuted, The Carnivore told me to put together a French toast casserole, store it in the fridge, get a good night’s sleep and pull out my work boots, ‘ cause I was gonna need them.

    He meant that literally and figuratively. 

  • Hats off to WCT

     

  • Why community newspapers matter
  • Things I learned from teachers that I wonder if they teach today

    Schools across the country are back in session after what probably seemed like a very short summer. Unless you're a parent, that is.
    I remember being so excited for school to start every year. Truthfully it was more about socializing than learning, but I actually enjoyed learning too.
    And many things I learned–especially in elementary school–have stuck with me more years than I care to disclose.
    A couple weeks ago, Tom and I took a weekend trip to cat sit for his sister in Ft. Myers.

  • Funeral director fears for life

    By Tracy Lee

    Special to the Pioneer