Monthly Archives: November 2010

He stopped a jail break with a broom handle

In one episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” Aunt Bea decided it wasn’t good for Opie to hang out at the jail. She insisted Opie find somewhere else to play and when that got him in trouble, they all decided … Continue reading

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The Day We Caught the Alligator

Even for Florida kids used to living among critters, a baby alligator was cause for excitement. It was the 1960s and alligators were on America’s Endangered Species List. In Pre-Disney Florida, tourists flocked to Ross Allen’s Reptile Institute in Silver … Continue reading

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Lela Leslie Willingham

I never knew her but Lela Leslie Willingham had a profound influence on my life. She was an English teacher in LaFayette, Alabama in the 1930s and 40s. She was quoted regularly in our home when I was growing up. … Continue reading

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Tubing Down the Ichetucknee

Floating down a river on a rubber innertube is a timeless experience of Central Florida at its very best. Crystal clear icy cold water, warm sunbeams, blue skies, cypress and oak trees, turtles, snakes, alligators, egrets, sandhill cranes, eagles, dragonflies, … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Family Stories from a Forest  “Florida Baptist Convention Rural Pastor of the Year.” A framed certificate on the wall gives a hint but doesn’t begin to tell the tale of an entire family’s 50-year adventure in an exotic place like … Continue reading

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