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Religion

  • Wantology 101

    Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, something new comes along.

    There's a new field of psychology called "wantology." It's an actual field of expertise where "wantologists" help people discern or define their wants and desires and then help them work out a plan to achieve them.

    That's what I want — a wantologist!

  • God’s mercy: The original GPS

    It all started when I was a kid bothering my dad and he told me to get lost.

    Ever the obedient child, I did, and I’ve been getting lost ever since.

    Oh, I jest.

    Seriously, I have no sense of direction, which for many years was a major source of contention between me and the newspaper’s photographer. In giving him directions to a photo assignment, I would often get something wrong and he’d end up in a swamp or empty field.

  • What are you noshing on?

    Not very long ago, ethnic food was just that, ethnic. Italians ate pasta, Mexicans, tacos, and Jews, bagels and lox. Today in our assimilated cultural milieu, just about anything goes and foods that we once considered “ethnic” have found their way into mainstream American cuisine — much to the delight of us all.

  • The Music Man

     

    Chronicle staff

    LECANTO - In many of today’s churches, worship music tends to fall into one of two camps: contemporary songs and choruses or old-fashioned hymns sung the same way for decades.

    But there’s a third camp, a revisiting of the old hymns, leaving the theologically rich texts but tweaking or even completely rewriting the music — and adding drums and electric or acoustic guitars.

  • Grace offers wellness

    If you are lacking medical insurance, do not qualify for Medicaid or are financially strapped, you may find welcome help at one of the newest health clinics in Citrus County in Homosassa.

    Dr. Geoffrey Roberts, a doctor in Citrus County since 1986, emerged from retirement this month as a consulting physician at the new Grace Clinic primary care center in on U.S. 19 in Homosassa, founded by DNP John Hess.

  • Life lessons in the mud

    Although I personally don’t get the fascination with running races through mud, these days lots of people do.

    A few years ago, my two daughters did a mud race together. My oldest daughter, Alison, said the obstacles freaked her out and she doesn’t like climbing cargo nets and was leery of leaping over fire. 

  • Keepin' mama happy

    Maybe you’ve heard the Southern saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

    It’s one of my favorite sayings. First of all, I like saying ain’t. (It makes me happy.) 

    Second, since I truly want others to be happy, it’s good to know the way to achieve that is to make myself happy first. For the good of mankind, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

  • Grace Notes 6/7/14: The problem with dating your phone

    “I love texting! It’s so much more impersonal than talking face to face.” 

    — A text from me to my friend Tara

     

    In the movie “Her,” a man in Los Angeles dates his smartphone.

    It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds.

  • Judi's Journal 6/7/14: Fifty years after Unisphere

    I have a photograph. It’s an old black and white taken by a Kodak instamatic camera. I remember the outfit I was wearing. It was a madras plaid blouse woven in burgundy and navy hues, and I have on a pair of navy Bermuda shorts. My mother had a blouse just like it; it was cool to dress alike back then. I am standing in front of some whimsical animals made out of car parts. I was 17 years old, and it was my idea to come to this place. It was 50 years ago and I was at the New York World’s Fair at the General Motors Pavilion.

  • Raising mine Ebenezer

    Unlike the ancient Israelites, I’m not in the habit of naming rocks. Not being judgmental, just never thought to do so.

    Apparently, the Philistines were set to slaughter the Israelites. Full-on assault, take no prisoners.

    If you recall from the story of David and Goliath, the Philistines were huge, mean and scary. 

    So, when the Israelites heard about the upcoming attack, they went to their leader, Samuel, and begged him to ask God to save them.