About a decade ago I published a newspaper column declaring my universal disdain for running. It hurt my shins, I bemoaned. It made me itchy, I groused.
We have a creeping tendency to live within the prison of our “shoulds” and “oughts.” Disappointment in decisions we have made, or results left by the hand of fate–often shaded by our own misperceptions–can plague us and engender a vicious cycle of regret.
Brevard County turns off its lights during turtle nesting season. No big deal you say? Can you see the implications? Can you imagine the ramifications? To me, it shows a deeper story, a profound quality that sets us apart from so many other communities. To me, it shows that there is yet hope.
Growing up in the Daytona Beach, Florida area, the ocean was always nearby. It was a place to clear my head, to refocus, to dream again.
We committed to helping preserve and improve the quality of life available to all residents of the State of Florida. Our mission is to help individuals, families, businesses and organizations reach their fullest potential and accomplish their evolving goals.
“Green” can mean many things. For us, it first defines the natural beauty of Brevard County and our desire to see it preserved. But beyond environmental issues, thinking “green” encompasses many aspects of intentional living that keep us balanced, healthy and inspired.
I am ready to buy a new car. With the emerging crop of hybrids out there, I’m eager to leave a smaller footprint, use less gas and leave less smog behind. The first step, as with this article, is research!
When we sit and reflect on the recent hurricanes we think primarily of the wind and rain, then the damage inflicted to our houses and businesses. For many the cleanup process had us out in the humidity picking up our broken fences and roof tiles. We created neat little piles of trash as chainsaws could be heard through the neighborhoods, trucks hauling off loads of debris, load after load.
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 12:38-44, tells the story of Jesus observing the gift offered by a poor widow who enters the Temple in the midst of all the other would-be worshippers.
After the current election season, it’s well understood that we live in a divided nation. On the outside it seems that the pressing issues that separate us are all about war, or terrorism or national security. Maybe the economy figures in, or health care or Social Security.
Life can leave us fragmented and without cohesion. Society often has communicated a not-so-subtle message that we have multiple selves; there’s the self we are at home, the self we are at work, the self we are with friends, the self we are at the gym, and even the self we are at church, the temple, the mosque, and so forth.
Dr. Wanda Bethea looks toward the future of Brevard County and envisions a number of key persons and groups working together to create a multi-faceted synergy that keeps the Space Coast on the cutting edge.
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.”
Melissa Delker is the Associate Pastor at Melbourne’s First United Methodist Church, the red brick building with the golden steeple on New Haven, just next to historic downtown. She is a wonderful person, in the pulpit and at Celebrations Café, the church’s informal gathering place. We caught up with her hectic schedule and asked her to talk about how she balances her church life with family.
Are you interested in learning more about the natural areas in your own backyard but don’t know where to start? Then Local Knowledge is the guided nature tour service for you. Operating out of Indialantic, Local Knowledge offers fun trips into the outdoors for groups, families, and visitors to the central Florida area. Anthony Poponi runs Local Know, an outdoor tour company, offering hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and boating tours to guests of any interest level or age level.
That’s the question that started this effort. With Brevard County’s current rapid development, concerned citizens must ask themselves, “What will life be like if we do not take steps to manage growth?
Judy and Dr. Chris Edwards of the Smile Design Center are building Brevard County’s very first LEED™ (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building in the private sector.
Moving in the right direction
Throughout the peaks and valleys of day-to-day life, its good to know that there is an active program in your community that works to minimize your challenges and keeps Brevard County on a level we all feel good about.
This September, many Brevard residents found themselves dialing 2-1-1 for information to help them prepare for, weather and recover from the hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne.
Traditional methods of exposing an artist’s work have been through gallery exhibits. While effective, artists often find it difficult to get more than a few exhibits each year, and the exposure is limited to the city where the exhibit is held.
“The mission of the Central Florida YMCA is to improve the lives of everyone in Central Florida by connecting individuals and families with opportunities based on Christian values that improve the spirit, mind and body,” says executive director Chris Jaffe. “Our goal is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.”
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society is a not-for-profit organization in Indialantic, Florida. The purpose of the organization is to help protect sea turtles by educating the public about marine turtles through public outreach. STPS reaches thousands of people each year through lecture presentations, exhibits at area events, and through our turtle watches during the sea turtle nesting season.
So what is a “green building and sustainable development”? Sustainable, green development and building involve construction and lifetime of operation that assure the healthiest possible environment, while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, water, energy and resources.
The Diocese of Orlando has operated Catholic Charities in Brevard County for over 40 years, to assist the community in fulfilling, in a planned and effective way, the work of serving those in need. We are an instrument of concern and action. We maintain our integrity as a church institution by becoming the expression of genuine concern of the Christian people for those who suffer. A deep respect for the individual’s dignity, capacity for self-help, and freedom characterize all of the Christian’s efforts to assist those in need, regardless of race, creed, color, or sex.