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Month: April 2017

Words 

Words 

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words….”   Most of us can finish this statement from the popular school yard taunt. However, most of us know the truth. We wear emotional scars from words spoken harshly. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words hurt my heart. Words matter. Words can bring hope or hopelessness. Words can convey compassion or disgust. Words can heal or wound.    In downtown, Eustis, Florida, two chalkboard walls have been constructed…

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Dead Man Walking 

Dead Man Walking 

“Are there zombies in the Bible?” My son’s question startled me. Zombies? In the Bible? I was flabbergasted.   “What do you mean?” I asked him, confused. “The verse you just read.” I looked back over the passage we had just read. Then I saw what he had heard… “…and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy…

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Eaton’s Beach Bar & Grill 

Eaton’s Beach Bar & Grill 

Beach front dining with a menu inspired from Florida and Louisiana cuisine, make Eaton’s beach an entertaining and relaxing location. Situated on Lake Weir in Weirsdale, Eaton’s Beach is divided into two separate restaurants and Sand Bar with daily drink specials.   On the first level is Eaton’s Beach Restaurant, where my friends and I began our girl’s night out. We sampled some of their signatures dishes including chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes. Award winning…

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Citrus Tower 

Citrus Tower 

Before the famous mouse captivated Central Florida, the Citrus Tower was one of Florida’s first tourist attractions. Built to showcase the citrus industry, the Citrus Tower is located on Highway 27 in Clermont. Thousands flocked to the Citrus Tower after its construction in 1956. Visitors enjoyed the view of the citrus groves, lakes, and rolling hills from the 226-ft. vantage point. Even though the countess acres of citrus groves have faded, the highest observation point in Florida still stands as…

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Remembering 

Remembering 

During my school years, History class usually ended with the Civil War and Reconstruction. If the teacher was doing really well, we might do a brief overview of World War II and cover Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I don’t remember the Vietnam War ever being mentioned. I knew there was a lot of turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War. I knew that my dad was on an aircraft carrier somewhere out in the ocean during the Vietnam War. I knew…

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Unloved and Unseen

Unloved and Unseen

A blind man sat by the road, not seeing and not being seen. If he was lucky, a few coins might be tossed his way, but otherwise, he was alone. As a child, I shut myself in a closet. I waited in the inky black stillness, not seeing and not being seen. Alone. Would anyone come my way? Would anyone notice the pain inside? As a child, sexual and verbal abuse sent me down into a pit that I yearned…

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Carry Me 

Carry Me 

“Daddy, carry me!” When we first moved to Florida, my youngest had a hard time keeping up. The amusement parks always sent him running for the arms of his father. I can relate to tried legs. As the youngest of four, I spent my childhood playing catch up. Running after the big kids, I would wonder when I would be “big enough.” A small child in a land of giants. The feelings of my childhood still come back to haunt…

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From the Inside Out 

From the Inside Out 

The rumors had been flying around town about the man that healed. Everyone wanted to see, to hear for themselves. Now, the man had traveled to their town. A house was overflowing with people. No one else could get in. If you look closely down the street you will see a group of friends, desperate to see this man who heals. The friends were carrying one of their buddies on a mat. A paralyzed man, whom the Bible doesn’t tell…

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Encouraging Moms 

Encouraging Moms 

Babies are a joy. Now that my two boys are beginning the journey into adolescence, I miss the tiny toes and fingers of their infancy. I miss the baby giggles and the sweet smell of their heads. Now my boys smell and have attitudes. However, I know that all stages of parenting have their struggles and joys. The joy of parenting older kids is the independence. Because even though babies are a joy, they can not do anything for themselves,…

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Ferran Park 

Ferran Park 

Before the heat and humidity engulf central Florida, our mild spring weather is a perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy one of Lake County’s many parks. One of my family’s favorite parks is Ferran Park in downtown Eustis. Located on Lake Eustis, Ferran Park has something to offer everyone. My husband and I love to stroll along the lakefront walkway for a fun, free date night. As you stroll along the walkway, you are able to peek into Eustis’…

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