Lomi Hawaiian Massage and Stress

Lomi Hawaiian Massage and StressBy: Tony Crawford

Stress. We all have it. We all feel it, and we all know it’s not a good thing for us. It can be brought on by work, family, friends and just life’s situations in general. A certain amount of stress is normal and helps us function at peak performance. Excess stress on the other hand can trigger physical, mental, and emotional disorders.

Unchecked stress turns into distress. Distress can have many long term physical effects on our body as well as lingering emotional effects.

Unchecked stress can manifest itself through the body as high blood pressure, headaches, pains, tight muscles and sleep disorders. On the emotional side stress can effect your overall mood and behavior and contribute to depression and anxiety.

It has been my experience that many people have stress stored in their neck, shoulders and lower back. As you sit at your computer for a long period of time, try stopping and relaxing your shoulders. You may feel, once you relax, that you have been holding your neck and shoulders in a rigid position without realizing it.

Most of us “store” stress within our bodies. It becomes such a common occurrence we tend to forget it. This leads to both health issues and emotional issues that may be avoided through massage. Stress can be silent and overlooked. It will sneak up on you and can have very damaging effects.

On the physical side, Lomi massage will relax your muscles, help to release the tightness in your body and, by doing so, will bring you to a more balanced and stress free place. Looser muscles means less chance of physical trauma being placed on joints, and importantly, nerves. When a nerve is being pinched by a tight muscle, pain will result. When pain occurs stress will undoubtedly follow.

We all have gone through rough times: loss of a job, a divorce, a death of a loved one, as well as the emotional ups and downs of everyday life. All these issues cause emotional stress. This is the kind of stress that may not show up physically with us, but stay buried inside us waiting to explode.

Lomi massage is designed to allow not only your physical body to relax, but will also allow your mind and your emotional being to come to a place of relaxation. Lomi creates a safe place for this to occur. Lomi works the body in long, continuously flowing strokes, not just a body part at a time. It is the “incorporation” of the whole body. The therapist works in a dance like manner. Lomi will stop and work each area, as in traditional Swedish Massage. It will go as deep as needed but then always going back to its long, flowing continual strokes incorporating the entire body as one and not just individual parts. You get the benefits of both Swedish as well as deep tissue massage, with a total sense of relaxation and well being.

I have been a massage therapist for 16 years. I am licensed in Florida #MA0027867. I am a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City and have studied Lomi for over 7 years throughout the country. I am a member of the Advisory Committee for Florida State College at Jacksonville and teach in their Massage Program.

I work on an out-call basis coming to your home, office or hotel. Please feel free to call if you have any questions regarding Lomi, or where Lomi training is available.

Tony Crawford
904-557-8350

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Nassau Students Win Scholarships

Nassau Students Win ScholarshipsNassau county, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville, Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, hosted the Nassau County site of the seventh annual College Goal Sunday on February 24th.

Sixty-four graduating high school seniors and their families attended. The state-wide program is designed to assist families in applying for Pell Grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The program is coordinated by the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA).

Ten Nassau County high school seniors won drawings for scholarships totaling $23,000.

From Yulee High School: Gunnar Cox won a $5000 scholarship from Jacksonville University; Tamara McLaughlin won a $1000 scholarship from FSCJ; and Kimberly Martinez and Joshua Smith each won a $1000 scholarship from the University of North Florida.
From Fernandina Beach High School: Cameron Snyder and Bailee Hollis each won a $5000 scholarship from Jacksonville University; Hannah Duke and Joshua Harbin each won a $1000 scholarship from the University of North Florida.
From Hilliard Senior High School: Sarah Miller won a $1000 scholarship from Florida State College at Jacksonville and Joshua Conner won a $2000 scholarship from Edward Waters College.

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Get Involved with America Saves

Get Involved with America SavesHere are 5 Easy Ways to Get Involved in America Saves and save successfully! This article is by America Saves Communications Manager Katie Bryan Week.

America Saves Week, February 25 – March 2, 2013, is chance for individuals to assess their own saving status and take financial action. Studies reveal that having a savings plan with specific goals can have beneficial financial effects, even for lower-income families.

Here are 5 easy ways to get involved in America Saves Week:

    1. Take the America Saves Pledge: Those with a savings plan are twice as likely to save for emergencies and retirement than those without a plan. Join over 310,000 people who have already committed to save. Pledge or re-pledge today!
    2. Share Your Savings Goal: People save more successfully when they have a goal in mind. That’s why we’ve created posters so you can put your savings goal into perspective and, share it.
    3. Assess Your Savings: Find out if you are saving in all the right places with this 12 step savings assessment.
    4. Test Your Savings Knowledge: Take this savings quiz to reveal how much you understand about the realities of savings in America.
    5. Share Savings Tips and Advice with Family and Friends: On Twitter and Facebook? Share these social media posts with your friends and followers to encourage them to save.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.

Visit the website, America Saves, for more information.

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Is Wisdom on your Bucket List?

Wisdom is the responsible application of knowledge

Wisdom is the responsible application of knowledge

Smart, wise, educated, intelligent; there are many words in the dictionary that somehow deal with a form of brainpower that is supposed to clarify how we apply knowledge and as a consequence are perceived by our peers and the world. Of course, all of us want to think we are very wise, but compared to the secrets of the universe, we usually admit rather quickly that we are actually very ignorant.

There are so many things we don’t know, as we stumble through the happenings of our lives. But these “things” we stumble upon, these new truths, are not new, except to us and our own ignorance. Many of these truths are sitting within the world we have been given and are waiting for us to re-discover and apply to make our world better.

But discovery is not wisdom.

It is our wisdom that determines how valuable our discoveries are to us, and in the way we apply them to our good, or bad, depending on our character. If I discover dynamite and its destructive power, I still am left to apply the wisdom of my choice to what I am going to do with it. If I choose, I can use the dynamite to blow up a bank and steal its money, or encourage a war and kill my fellow man: the opportunities for use of evil are endless. Or I can make the same wise choices to blow up a hole in a cave to find Gold, and use my newfound wealth to feed the hungry.

In fact, part of the problem with most ‘discoveries’ is that they present endless choices of good and bad, and depending on how wise I am, I can apply my newfound discovery either way.

Herein is the application of wisdom, of determining how wise you and I really are. Do I use my newfound discovery (a newfound friend, a new job, a new TV Program, a stick of dynamite) for good or evil? This is where you determine how wise you and everyone else is: How they use their wisdom for good or evil.

Wisdom simply defined is the ability to tell the difference. Yes, it’s just that simple. I know the difference between hot and cold, between ice and fire, and my wisdom tells me how to take the difference that I understand and how to apply it. The more I know about something in its difference, the wiser I become, and depending on my character of choices, I use them for either good or evil. I understand hard and soft, good and evil, flexible and inflexible, and I use each distinction in accordance with my wisdom. If ice is sufficiently hard, I can walk on it. If its strength is questionable, my wisdom suggests I had better not walk on it until I know how hard it is.

Wisdom makes living easy

As I watch how someone treats someone else, whether it be my mother or father or sibling, or friend, I see how their treatment affects someone else, and I use my wisdom to affect the difference in how I act. My wisdom shows me the difference, and in my wisdom I decide whether I want someone to feel good in my presence or indifferent, and I act accordingly.

Wisdom is tested by how well you can tell the difference, and how you apply it. My wisdom tells me that I have not paid enough attention to the wisest of old, to Socrates, Plato and Leonardo, to the Apostles and their writings, to Jesus and His teachings. It also tells me that if I do not apply myself to these teachings, they will wander away from me. My wisdom says that these great masters of spiritual life and history understand so much more than I do, and they have made their wisdom available to me, and I should pay more attention. I have heard, “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Someone far wiser than I wrote that, but I have seldom followed it. What if it’s true? Why don’t we listen?

Truth is simple, and the more our wisdom is embedded in truth, the wiser we become, and hopefully the more our life stays on course, whatever that course may be. My wisdom also teaches me that lying, cheating, stealing, and killing is wrong. And a search for truth is right.

And so I go to minds greater than my own. The Scriptures for example tell me, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” Although I am a stranger to the fear of the Lord as a human being, I seek to understand that fear, because I tell myself if I do not explore that fear, I will not be at the beginning of being wise, and my heart wants to be wise. And I begin to realize that to ignore and not fear the Lord is foolishness, for certainly the Lord has great Power, and to ignore that Power is to be the opposite of wisdom. In my fear of God I seek to know him, and as I learn about Him, I learn He is not only great and powerful, but He is among other things Loving and Forgiving. And with that my respect grows as does my wisdom. And then I understand what the Bible means when it says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” And when I hear a man say “There is no God”, I know that he has not yet witnessed the principles of wisdom, and therefore I am cautious. He may be successful in our material world, he may be fun to know, he may understand things in this world I do not, but I know his journey towards eternal wisdom is still lacking structure and direction.

How wise are you?

Test yourself and determine how well you can tell the difference between Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil, war and peace? Do you understand the difference between religion and spirituality, love and hate, peace of mind and stress, goals and misdirection, forgiveness and manipulation? Do you know the difference?
Is your life guided by wisdom?

How Far Does Your food Travel?

How Far Does Your food Travel?Image found at knowledge.allianz.com

In the United States, food travels an average of 1,500 miles to get from the farmer to your kitchen table, but not in Fernandina Beach on Saturday mornings! The Fernandina Beach Market Place unites farmers, chefs, craftsman and other producers of organic and natural products with both residents and visitors in our lovely community.

Fans of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other produce gather to shop for baked delicacies and savory spreads while sharing cooking tips, recipes and even pictures of their grandchildren with their family, friends and neighbors, all in this open-air market under the aging oak trees of N. 7th Street. The sincere, heartfelt dedication and passion that these vendors put into their individual specialties, is displayed week after week, and March is certainly no exception.

March greets Floridians with dreams of spring break and mini vacations, and you should let My Personal Chef’s prepared, frozen meals, soups, and appetizers provide you with a vacation from cooking.

There will be nearly 40 vendors at the market this week including Aniko; she is returning with her Hungarian Poppyseed and Hazelnut Rolls. Doug is bringing his Wild Alaska Salmon, Tommy King has returned with Kings Kountry Produce from Starke, Florida, and premiering at the Market Place this week is Alex’s Russian Bakery with European favorites including a sour dough rye bread.

Our featured non-profit of the week will be the Amelia Community Theatre, featuring the upcoming revue “Broadway Our Way.” Come catch a preview of this musical showcasing songs from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and more. The complete show boasts a cast of 40 singers, ranging in age from 10 to 80, and will open in mid-March.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place, where well-behaved, leashed pets are always welcomed, is open Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The farmers market is located on N. 7th Street in historic, Fernandina Beach, on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida. For more information visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, find them on facebook or call (904) 557-8229.

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Amelia Island International Wine and Food Tasting is Saturday

Amelia Island International Wine and Food Tasting is SaturdayFernandina Beach, FL – Amelia Island Sunrise Rotary announces the first annual Amelia Island International Wine and Food Tasting to be held Saturday March 2 starting at 7PM at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Those attending will wander from room to room sipping wine, nibbling on tasty samplings and absorbing Amelia Island’s fascinating history. Silent and live auctions will offer a variety of tempting offerings.

Christal Fish, president of Amelia Island Sunrise Rotary, shared,” We wanted to create a totally unique event and are thrilled with the generosity of the partners who have stepped up. Our event will benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital, an important asset to our community and the region.”

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the primary hospital for children living in Nassau County. It is estimated that 84% of Nassau County’s children needing hospitalization will go to Wolfson. The hospital is a non-profit depending on the support and fundraising efforts of organizations like Amelia Island’s Sunrise Rotary Club.

A sophisticated social evening is planned with wine, craft beer and food tasting with an international flavor. Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvre from both Amelia Island and Jacksonville restaurants. Learn about some of the more interesting wines from the experts at Amelia Liquor.

Event sponsors and partners include Amelia Liquors, George Sheffield, First Coast Community Bank, FPUC, Baptist Medical Center, Sea Dream Yacht Club, Taylor Rental, The Travel Agency, Advanced Muscle Therapy, AIA Wealth Management and CB Advertising Services. Arte Pizza, Gourmet Gourmet, Slider’s, Stonewood Grill, Bahama Breeze are participating restaurants.

Tickets are $45 and available at First Coast Community Bank both branches – Amelia Island and Yulee. For more information or to purchase tickets on event website at www.ameliaislandwineandfoodtasting.com or contact Christal Fish at 904-358-2750

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Auditions for Trumbo at Amelia Community Theatre

Auditions for Trumbo at Amelia Community TheatreAmelia Community Theatre will hold auditions for TRUMBO at 10 AM on Saturday, March 2 at 209 Cedar Street.

This drama about the legendary Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is told through a series of letters which actors read, rather than memorize.

Trumbo, a victim of Cold War politics and the “Red Scare,” was blacklisted and sent to prison. He continued to write and won Academy Awards for The Brave One and Roman Holiday, but under different names.

Casting is flexible with roles for two women and up to ten men, with an age range of 30-60. The show is directed by Bob Weintraub and performances are April 4-7.

Call the theatre at 261-6749 for more information or to check out a script. Alternate audition dates may also be requested.

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You Are Invited to Dr Seuss’ Birthday Party

You Are Invited to Dr Seuss' Birthday PartyCome celebrate Read Across America at Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party, Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Omni Amelia Island, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation presents a very “Seussical” unveiling of the new Heron’s Cove Adventure Golf celebrating National Education Association’s Read Across America. Children are invited to a whimsical afternoon filled with crafts, games, Segway demonstrations, a bounce house, storybook readings, critter encounters, Seussical snacks and more.

You are invited to meet Tanner the Turtle and enjoy a family friendly afternoon filled with Seuss-worthy activities:

    Activities and crafts
    Bounce house
    Guessing Games
    Segway demonstrations
    Story readings with Tanner the Turtle
    Critter talk at the Nature Center
    Dr. Seuss birthday cake and snacks
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Financial Aid for Medical Students in Exchange for Community Service

Financial Aid for Medical Students in Exchange for Community ServiceWashington DC – National Health Service Corps (NHSC), an organization that has been bringing health care to the communities who need it most since 1972, is providing financial support to fourth year medical students in exchange for their services.

Made possible by the Affordable Care Act, NHSC awarded nearly 90 medical students, more than $10 million in funding for loan repayment to students in 29 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These students will serve as primary care doctors and help strengthen the health care workforce, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.

“This new National Health Service Corps initiative is an innovative approach to encouraging more medical students to work in primary care, and to bring more primary care doctors to communities,” Secretary Sebelius said. “This is an important part of the administration’s commitment to building the future health care workforce.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Students to Service pilot program provides loan repayment assistance of up to $120,000 to medical students in MD and DO programs in their last year of education in return for their commitment to practice in the communities that need them most upon completion of their primary care residency.

“The average medical school debt is often more than $200,000,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “The Students to Service program help relieve a tremendous debt burden, allowing them to follow their passion for primary care.” These newest NHSC providers must provide three years of full-time service or six years of part-time service in designated rural and urban areas.

As a result of historic investments in the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, the numbers of National Health Service Corps clinicians are at all-time highs. The number of providers serving in the Corps has nearly tripled since 2008. Today nearly 10,000 National Health Service Corps providers are providing primary care to approximately 10.4 million people at nearly 14,000 health care sites in urban, rural, and frontier areas.

For more information about NHSC programs, please visit www.NHSC.hrsa.gov.

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Healthy Teeth for Baby and Beyond

Healthy Teeth for Baby and BeyondHere is an interesting article from the editors of News In Health. They always publish interesting pieces and this article, Healthy Teeth for Baby and Beyond, is really something to chew on.

Used with permission. Credits belong to Managing Editor Harrison Wein, Ph.D.; Editor Vicki Contie, Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Dana Steinberg and Harrison Wein.

Teeth help us bite, chew, speak clearly and smile. Even babies need healthy teeth. But teeth need proper care to stay healthy and strong. It’s never too early to start kids on the path to good dental health.

Diet plays a role in tooth decay. When you eat or drink foods that contain sugar, germs in your mouth use the sugar to make acids. Over time, the acids can cause tooth decay, or cavities. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, yet it’s mostly preventable.

Although baby teeth eventually fall out, it’s still important to take care of them. They play an important role in the mouth. “Baby teeth of course are used to chew, but they also guide growth of the jaw bones and create room for permanent teeth to come in,” says Dr. Tim Iafolla, a dental health expert at NIH.

“Start cleaning your baby’s mouth even before the first teeth come in, so your baby gets used to having his or her mouth cleaned. Wipe gums with a clean, soft cloth,” says Iafolla. “When teeth come in, clean them twice a day with a cloth or soft brush, as they are immediately susceptible to tooth decay and plaque.”

One important way to protect baby teeth is not putting your baby to bed with a bottle. Milk, formula and juice all contain sugar. If sugary liquids stay on your baby’s teeth too long, it can lead to tooth decay. If you give your baby a bottle to keep at bedtime or to carry around between feedings, fill it only with water.

“It’s important to catch tooth decay early,” Iafolla says. He recommends bringing your child to the dentist by age 1. The dentist can tell if teeth are coming in properly, detect early signs of decay, and give you tips on caring for your child’s teeth.

The best defense against tooth decay is fluoride, a mineral found in most tap water. If your water doesn’t have fluoride, ask a dentist about fluoride drops, gel or varnish.

Start using fluoride toothpaste at about age 2. Iafolla recommends using just a pea-sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste until kids have the ability to spit and rinse.

Young kids need help brushing their teeth properly. Try brushing their teeth first and letting them finish. You might try using a timer or a favorite song so your child learns to brush for 2 minutes. Continue to supervise brushing until your child is 7 or 8 years old.

Have kids brush their teeth at least twice daily: in the morning, at bedtime, and preferably after meals.

Offer healthy foods and snacks to children. If kids do eat sugary or sticky foods, they should brush their teeth afterward.

Also ask your child’s dentist about sealants—a simple, pain-free way to prevent tooth decay. These thin plastic coatings are painted on the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth. They quickly harden to form a protective shield against germs and food. If a small cavity is accidentally covered by a sealant, the decay won’t spread because germs trapped inside are sealed off from their food supply.

By following these tips, you can help your children develop healthy dental habits for life.

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Advance Directives are for Everyone

Medical Care if incapacitated

Five Wishes Hospice Care

Advance Directives are a way to “have your say” about the type of care you receive (or don’t receive) in the event you suffer a catastrophic medical event, such as a stroke or an accident that leaves you unable to communicate your wishes. Every adult should plan ahead by completing an Advance Directive that specifies his or her personal preferences in regard to acceptable and unacceptable medical treatments. There are two types of Advance Directives:

A Living Will states your preferences regarding the type of medical care you want to receive (or don’t want to receive) if you are incapacitated and cannot communicate. You specify the treatment you want to receive or not receive in a variety of scenarios.

Also known as a durable power of attorney for health care or a health care proxy, a Medical Power of Attorney names another person, such as your spouse, daughter or son, to make medical decisions for you if you are no longer able to make medical decisions for yourself, or you are unable to communicate your preferences.

Note that a Medical Power of Attorney is not the same as a Power of Attorney, which gives another person the authority to act on your behalf on matters you specify, such as handling your financial affairs. Each state regulates Advance Directives differently. As a result, you may wish to involve an attorney in the preparation of your Advance Directive. You can modify, update or cancel an Advance Directive at any time, in accordance with state law. If you spend a good deal of time in several states, you may want to have an Advance Directive for each state.

Make sure that the person you name to act for you – your health care proxy – has current copies of your Advance Directive. Give a copy of your Advance Directive to your physician and, if appropriate, your long-term care facility.

Although you may find the mythical genie in a lamp and be granted three wishes, Northeast Florida Community Hospice makes it even easier to be sure you are granted at least five wishes. Their Five Wishes® guidebook makes it very easy to specify up to five important advance directives for your health care decisions and communicating them to your loved ones while you still can. Presented in an easy reading fill-in-the-blank format, the guide is free of charge. You can get one (or several) by contacting Northeast Florida Community Hospice at 904-407-6500 or visit their website at communityhospice.com. Fill it out and give a copy to the important people in your life who may have to make medical decisions for you someday.

Although the Five Wishes® guide is a good start, an even better approach may be to have a chat with your financial planner and your attorney. Make sure all the important decisions regarding your personal care and the management of your estate are properly addressed, in addition to your five wishes.

Anger Management Humor from my Mother

Anger Management Humor from my MotherMy mother sent this email to me, and I have been wondering if I should post it or not on SearchAmelia. After a recent incident, I was reminded about this fun little way to deal with Anger Management so I decided to share it with you.

The original author is not known and the names are not real people!

Not for the mild mannered reader!

When you occasionally have a really bad day and you just need to take it out on someone, don’t take it out on someone you know, take it out on someone you don’t know.

I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I’d forgotten to make. I found the number and dialed it.

A man answered, “Hello?”

I politely said, “This is Chris. Could I please speak with Robyn Carter?’

Suddenly a manic voice yelled out in my ear “Get the right f*** ing number!” and slammed the phone’s handset down on me.

I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so rude. When I tracked down Robyn’s correct number to call her, I found that I had accidentally transposed the last two digits.

After hanging up with her, I decided to call the ‘wrong’ number again.

When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, “You’re a f*** a**hole!” I hung up and wrote his number down with the word ‘a**hole’ next to it, and put it in my desk drawer. Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I’d call him up and yell, ‘You’re an a**hole !’

It always cheered me up.

When Caller ID was introduced, I thought my therapeutic asshole calling would have to stop.

So, I called his number and said, “Hi, this is John Smith from the telephone company. I’m calling to see if you’re familiar with our Caller ID Program?”

He yelled “NO!” and slammed down the phone.

I quickly called him back and said, “That’s because you’re an asshole!” and hung up.

One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some guy in a black BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently waited for. I hit the horn and yelled that I’d been waiting For that spot, but the idiot ignored me.

I noticed a For Sale sign in his back window, so I wrote down his number.

A couple of days later, right after calling the first a**hole (I had his number on speed dial), I thought that I’d better call the BMW a**hole, too.

I said, “Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?”

He said, “Yes, it is.”

I asked, “Can you tell me where I can see it?”

He said, “Yes, I live at 34 Oaktree Blvd, in Fairfax. It’s a yellow rambler, and the car’s parked right out in front.”

I asked, “What’s your name?”

He said, “My name is Don Hansen.”

I asked, “When’s a good time to catch you, Don?”

He said, “I’m home every evening after five.”

I said, “Listen, Don, can I tell you something?”

“Yes?” He replied.

I said, “Don, you’re an a**hole!” Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial, too. Now, when I had a problem, I had two assholes to call.

Then I came up with an idea. I called a**hole #1.

“Hello?”

I said, “You’re an a**hole!” But I didn’t hang up.

He asked, “Are you still there?”

I said, “Yeah.”

He screamed, “Stop calling me!”

I said, “Make me.”

He asked, “Who are you?”

I said, “My name is Don Hansen.”

He said, “Yeah? Where do you live?”

I said, “A**hole, I live at 34 Oaktree Blvd, in Fairfax, a yellow rambler, I have a black Beamer parked in front.”

He said, “I’m coming over right now, Don! And you had better start saying your prayers!”

I said, “Yeah, like I’m really scared, A**hole,” and hung up.

Then I called a**hole number2. He said, “Hello?”

I said, “Hello, A**hole.”

He yelled, “If I ever find out who you are…”

I said, “‘You’ll what?”

He exclaimed, “I’ll kick your ass!”

I answered, “Well, A**sshole, here’s your chance. I’m coming over right now!”

Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 34 Oaktree Blvd, in Fairfax, and that my lover was on his way over to kill me.

Then I called Channel 9 News about the gang war going down on Oaktree Blvd., in Fairfax

I quickly got into my car and headed over to Fairfax. I got there just in time to watch two a**holes beating the crap out of each other in front of six cop cars; an overhead news helicopter and surrounded by news crews.

I feel much better.

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United States Prepares for More Emergencies

United States Prepares for More EmergenciesHow prepared is the United States to deal with flu outbreaks, terrorism, extreme weather and natural disasters? In 2012, Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac were just two of eleven disasters that passed the one billion dollar mark in losses.

Now, discussions and debates are helping us prepare better for the next emergency, no matter what it may be.

Many of you may remember how I was personally touched by the tornadoes in Indiana last year.

Is our global climate changing?
“According to NOAA, the average temperature in 2012 for the contiguous United States was 3.2 degrees above normal and a full degree higher than the previous warmest year recorded.”

However, weather is not our only concern. Today’s political climate and questionable economy force us to prepare for the unimagineable, both domestic and abroad. There are those eager to use weapons and chemicals on their fellow man. Diseases mutate and people travel around the world making them quicker and easier to spread.

One of the best things you and I can do, is to be prepared. We are approaching National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 3-9, 2013, and I am publishing a variety of articles that will help us become better prepared.

While the week will focus on weather, your hurricane kit can help you through other disasters, too.

One federally funded program includes the CDC’s public health predparedness program. This program supports local and state health departments plan and prepare a variety of hazardous, public health scenarios, from likely to the not-so-likely of tragedies.

Emergencies can come with little or no advanced warning, and a little preparation could go a very long way in helping your family cope if faced with another national disaster.

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Sunrise Rotary Plans Wine and Food Festival

Sunrise Rotary Plans Wine and Food Festival

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Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island love an excuse to throw a party, and if a charity is involved it is so much better! This time, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise is preparing for their Inaugural Wine & Food Fundraiser!

Amelia Island, FL – Members of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, along with the staff at Amelia Liquors, have been planning for weeks to launch an exciting new fundraising event on the island. Pictured here are Rotarians, along with Amelia Liquors staff members.

The group met recently for one of many weekly gatherings to prepare for the upcoming March 2, 2013, launch of the first annual Amelia Island International Wine & Food Tasting fundraiser.

Held at the Amelia Island Museum of History, proceeds from this charity event will benefit not-for-profit Wolfson Children’s Hospital, which provides pediatric hospital services to more than 84% of Nassau County’s children. Festivities kick off on March 2nd from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. Attire is black tie optional, and participants will enjoy a mix of fine international wines, local craft beers, and heavy hors d’oeuvres from acclaimed local and regional restaurants. The event will include live music, as well as both silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $45.00 and a limited number are available. Tickets can be purchased at First Coast Community Bank branches in Amelia Island and Yulee. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website at www.ameliaislandwineandfoodtasting.com or email clfish@barmjlaw.com.

Rotary Sunrise Meetings
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

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Valentine’s Gifts Given to Micah’s Place

Valentine's Gifts Given to Micah's Place

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Valentine’s Day gifts were given to Micah’s Place, for the women they shelter, by some wonderful young ladies of our community!

Nassau County, FL – Micah’s Place Receives Valentine’s Day Gifts For Women in Shelter.

Micah’s Place would like to thank Mary Goltz, Jane Crews and the young ladies from the 6th and 7th grade Girls of First Baptist Church for the lovely Valentine’s Day presents for the women and children in our shelter.

Micah’s Place truly appreciates all the hard work the girls did in making money to buy these gifts. To help raise funds, the girls had a yard sale, a bake sale, did chores around the house, and even had a car wash.

The women were so grateful for the gift bags and the children just loved receiving their candy and gifts!

Pictured L to R: Myla Karpel, Jenna Edwards, Annabelle Rowland, Emma Johnson, Bridgette Powell, Ciera Wilcox, and Emily Hawkins

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