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Jan 5, 2021

Wise Words: Editor finds more than shells on beach walk

You never know what you’ll find during a walk on the beach.

Sand dollars, seashells, driftwood or debris. You might spot a sea turtle trolling along parallel to shore or have to dodge a shore fisherman’s thin shimmering line. You might see crabs or jellyfish or baitfish along with surfers, swimmers and paddleboarders.


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Jan 4, 2021

For God’s Sake: Don’t do without thinking first

An essential industry tool back when I worked as an animator was the character sheet. The character sheet displayed sketches of the cartoon character we were animating.

The character designer produced it to show the animator what the character should look from different angles, in different poses and emotions.


Jan 4, 2021

Out and About

I started writing my column about the lessons I’ve learned from cleaning out my office, including filing cabinets after 20 years of accumulating “stuff,” but I’ve decided that will be more appropriate for the new year.

Let’s just say halfway through I thought about calling the whole thing off.


Jan 4, 2021

Mistletoe has long history

Rudolph is polishing his nose and checking the intensity just in in case fog rolls in. Santa Rosa County’s children are ticking off the minutes and are, basic inclinations notwithstanding, on their very best behavior.

Last minute Christmas bargains are being hurled at prospective buyers through every conceivable mass media channel.


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Dec 22, 2020

Wise Words: Wishing you peace this Christmas season

They say that smells carry you back to wherever you were when that scent imprinted on you.

For me, it’s music.


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Dec 21, 2020

Brian Out Loud

Michael Carter and Tommy Leggett are entering the 2021 NFL Draft. That surprises no one.

Both are talented football players good enough to excel at the next level. It was obvious they were destined to be special when they were standout athletes at Navarre High School.


Dec 18, 2020

Editorial: Don’t gamble with our water supply

There are clearly two halves to Santa Rosa County, with a lot of open land in between along with a few homes and businesses.

There is south Santa Rosa County, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant tourism, as well as being a “bedroom community” for about 70,000 residents. North Santa Rosa has more agriculture, history and a beautiful tannin-stained, spring fed river winding through it.


Dec 17, 2020

Out and About

It’s been a busy week in Santa Rosa County and that’s not even including folks getting ready for Christmas.

Last week, county commissioners narrowly voted to repeal protections that help keep the wells in south Santa Rosa County safe.


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Dec 17, 2020

Wendy Victora Rudman: Greatest gift for children is a tidy past

When my dad died nearly 20 years ago, it fell to my brother and I to clean out the house we grew up in and that our parents had shared for half of a century.

If there is a definition of hoarder, I’m not sure they would have checked every box.


Dec 17, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Election over, time to move forward

Finally, we are getting some direction and action from a federal level on fighting the pandemic and economic restoration, after electing a new president and vice president for our country.

My heart goes out to the many business owners hurt by the misdirection and lies we as a country have received from the defeated administration.