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first_img July 9, 2018 at 9:36 am At my age, I well remember tent revivals, the standing, shouting, clapping, etc. there was always a great deal of emotion, but this faded away within days after leaving the tent. On the other hand, there was very little theological substance other than such as “follow Jesus” and that usually meant doing what the preacher was saying to do. All of this eventually led me to join the Episcopal Church. Now “things” appear to have come back full circle. Frank Harrision says: July 11, 2018 at 10:16 am You are on target. Too bad, but it is the case. Rector Martinsville, VA July 10, 2018 at 9:13 pm I must admit that I prefer a more restrained, cerebral style of preaching. While I understand that many find the PB entertaining (and I do also in a negative way), I kind of find his style to be embarrassing. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: PJ Cabbiness says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 8, 2018 at 6:22 pm Also, as a missioner working with Latinos for 13 years, I have NEVER experienced such delight in a translator. Ella es una artista de la transacción. El baile que hace con PB Michael es absolutamente increíble Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York July 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm Let me remind everyone again to read this link: last revision process was, in good part, sneaky and under the table. If and when there is another revision let us have this happen nor be driven by contemporary political issues.I hope that you had a safe trip homepax — Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET July 8, 2018 at 10:38 am There is a time and place for everything and this night was a night to celebrate. Instead of criticizing, think for a minute of the joy of being together as God’s children. It is still okay to be in awe of that mere fact without anything else. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Cathedral Dean Boise, ID General Convention, July 8, 2018 at 2:41 am Remove theology, liturgy, history, tradition, reason, the depth of God’s revelation through the Prophets and Christ’s completed work on the cross and substitute it with an empty, charismatic, substance free, light weight and ill defined “movement” and you have the substance, or lack thereof, of the PB’s remarks. July 8, 2018 at 3:08 am Can understand PJ’s rem and remarks. But TEC can have it all. We are not an “either or” church, but a “both and” church. The problems come when we ask, “how?” The answer, of course, is by sharing (and always becoming) God’s Good News revealed in Jesus Christ. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem July 8, 2018 at 3:17 pm Well said. Thank you! 43:33 General Convention 2018, Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Kenton Sandine says: Kenton Sandine says: Nancy Barrick says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS John Hobart says: Deborah Matherne says: July 8, 2018 at 8:16 pm After hearing Michael Curry’s recorded address about “love and live,” PJ Cabbiness, have you checked for a pulse lately? How have your more lofty requirements benefited anyone but you, alone? Someday you may be the last person on the island, or in the Episcopal Church, given what your remarks reflect. And then, what? Frank Harrison says: July 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm Despite our differences, I will not insult you and I respect your right to your opinion. And yes, I have a pulse. Frank Harrision says: July 9, 2018 at 9:46 am I do not know you and so I do not know if you would claim that we all ought to love and accept everyone. You may; you may not. Some do. some do not. But, for those who do make such claims of universal love and acceptance, I find such remarks as yours to Cabbiness at best odd. If one person does not agree with another, certainly that can be brought to light. But, that “I” disagree with “you” says NOTHING about who is correct and who is not. In such cases, and they are many, we ought to be a bit more humble seriously realizing that “I” might be wrong, seriously listening to what the other has to say, and only then entering into a conversation which might enlighten both sides of the dispute. We ought not to begin with verbal jabs (Lord known, I realize the temptation) for that kills possible conversation and mutual enlightenment. And such jabs certainly goes against a universal principle of love and acceptance. July 8, 2018 at 3:14 am Can understand PJ’s remarks. But TEC can have it all. We are not an “either or” church, but a “both and” church. The problems come when we ask, “how?” The answer, of course, is by sharing (and always becoming) God’s Good News revealed in Jesus Christ. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Revivals, Comments are closed. Robert Oakes says: Nancy Yates says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Deborah Matherne says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 11, 2018 at 10:20 am One of the problems with the “both/and” approach is when we face contradictions. In a contradiction both “sides” cannot be true/correct/right. Thus, “inclusiveness” has its limitations IF the truth is to be sought. In some cases, and often important cases, we just cannot have it both ways. Frank Harrision says: By Lynette Wilson and David PaulsenPosted Jul 7, 2018 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Frank Harrision says: center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Presiding Bishop preaches ‘God is love and gives life’ message during Austin revival ‘The only reason to be born is to live’ Rector Tampa, FL Frank Harrison says: The text of the presiding bishop’s sermon is available here.The 79th General Convention is underway nearby at the Austin Convention Center through July 13 in the Diocese of Texas.“Lord, send a revival,” said Texas Bishop Suffragan Jeff Fisher in the service’s opening acclamation. “And let it begin in me,” roared the crowd in response.Evita Kristlock was in the very last row singing and clapping along to the warm-up music as the main event was about to get underway. “I used to be a youth coordinator, so EYE is quite like this,” she said.Kristlock is a lay leader who worships at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington. She was joined by other members of the Diocese of Spokane, all wearing purple shirts with the message “Creative Compelling Witness” on the back.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches as a Spanish-language interpreter, Dinorah Padro, stands at his side. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News ServiceThey weren’t the only ones singing and clapping, as the center filled with raucous sound. The single word “Revival” was displayed on giant screens to the left and right of the stage.“Is anybody here looking for a revival?” the praise band sang from the stage as thousands cheered their approval, most of them on their feet.Immediately before Curry began preaching, Sandra Montes of the Diocese of Texas brought down the house with “Montaña.” “Esa montaña se movera,” or “the mountain will move,” she sang.“Let the whole church say amen,” said Curry, as he prepared to preach his sermon, joking that it’s hard to preach when he was the only thing standing between the crowd and a barbecue. Following the revival, the Diocese of Texas hosted a Texas-style barbecue.The crowd, however, didn’t move for the doors until Curry gave them the blessing and dismissed it. The energy remained high following the revival, as people made their way to the barbecue.Someone needs to make sure the translator gets first dibs on food at the barbecue. She is a CHAMP for keeping up with Bishop Curry #gc79— Wil Root (@WilRoot88) July 7, 2018“It was great, all the people, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the invitation to love and to live, and to look at what really living and really loving look like. Compassion, hope, realizing that there’s nothing with God that we can’t do,” said the Rev. Sandye Wilson, rector of Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, New Jersey, in the Diocese of Newark.“Bishop Curry is chief evangelist, so what he’s done is letting us understand that we’re all called to be, which is evangelists.”Wilson, who has been a deputy 12 times and is former member of Executive Council, said she is helping at the Union of Black Episcopalians and Church Pension Group booths in the convention’s Exhibit Hall.“It was awesome. It was fantastic,” Stefan Schuster said after the revival.He and his wife, Periwinkle, are members of St. George Episcopal Church in Austin and have volunteered at General Convention through the Diocese of Texas. It has been a great experience meeting people from all over the world, Schuster said, and he has been impressed by the Episcopal Church’s diversity and spirit of welcome.“Having that message echoed by the presiding bishop was really wonderful,” he said, as he, his wife and their two sons headed to the barbecue. “We’re a church of love.”Following the sermon, a dozen prayer stations catering to English, Spanish and French speakers were opened so that people could open their hearts and make their prayers known.Dixie Roberts Junk of Kansas City, Kansas, was among the revival-goers who prayed with clergy at the stations set up along the outer walls of the revival space.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.This wasn’t her first Curry-led revival — she also attended the one held last year in the Diocese of West Missouri — but there was something special about this revival at General Convention, she said, from the singing and music to Curry’s uplifting sermon.“There’s always something to take back that’s just the richness of our church,” she said.Curry hosted his first revival in February 2017 in Pittsburgh, and has since held ones in Kansas City, Stockton, California, Waverly, Georgia, and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The next revival is scheduled for Western Massachusetts in October.The revivals are a dedicated series of gatherings that combine inspiring worship, compelling teaching, honest faith-sharing, intensified prayer, and some form of engagement with the mission of God – all for the sake of the spiritual renewal and transformation of people and of society.Video of the entire Austin revival, which ran about two and a half hours, can be viewed on demand here.— Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for ENS. July 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm Very wise words. Thank you Reverend Hargis. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET July 11, 2018 at 9:57 am An Episcopal revival? That’s not the Episcopal Church I grew up in and respect for its intellectual underpinnings and style, even though I became an atheist long ago. Hooting and hollering at revivals is for Baptists. Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 10, 2018 at 10:58 pm God’s good news revealed in Jesus is that Jesus was born as the son of God the Father, he died and was then resurrected. Through this is our path to salvation encapsulated in the Eucharist. Christianity is about personal salvation. That is the primary concern of the Gospels. Social justice is “down the line” in consideration. Certainly our “works” towards and with our neighbors are important; certainly you will know the tree by its fruits. But, for a Christian, all of this is very much of secondary consideration if not set within the theology of Jesus as Christ. PJ Cabbiness says: Rector Shreveport, LA July 15, 2018 at 11:39 am God is Love and gives life.Though simple words the message is clear.Emptying churches need reviving of the spirit. Rector Smithfield, NC Jumbo screens were required to enable the large audience to watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preach. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry brought a rousing “God is love and gives life” message to Episcopalians and others gathered here during a revival, to standing ovation after standing ovation every time he told the crowd to live.“The only reason to be born is to live,” said Curry. “God wants us to have life … God wants all of his children to have life…“God wants you to live. God wants us to live. Got wants this world to live … live, live, live.”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry begins an impassioned sermon before a packed audience at a revival held on July 7 at Austin’s Palmer Center. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News ServiceAs proof, Curry offered the Gospel of John, throughout which Jesus makes clear the link between love and life. Curry cited chapter 4, “I am the water of life”; chapter 6, “I am the bread of life”; Chapter 10, “I have come that you might have life”; and chapter 14, “I’m the way the truth and the life.”In John 21, the risen Jesus who ask Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Jesus asks Peter the question for every time Peter denied knowing Jesus the night before his crucifixion. Through his questions, he demonstrated the way of love.“God is love. And guess what, that’s the reason we are here,” he said.The presiding bishop preached for close to 45 minutes in English and Spanish through an interpreter at the July 7 revival at the Palmer Center. Buses – 15 departing the JW Marriott and 16 departing the Austin Convention Center – making two trips transported some 2,000 people to the Palmer Center. The total crowd estimate was closer to 2,500.In addition, 26,747 individual viewers took part in some or all of the revival service online, and the revival video showed up on the Facebook feeds of 79,149 users.One has to lay down selfishness, which is akin to sin, in order to follow Jesus, Curry said.“The key to following Jesus, the key to being his disciple, the key to life is love, is love, is love, it’s love.“The older I get, the more I am convinced that we waste a lot of time in life on stuff that doesn’t give life. And, some of that’s human; we’re human … but at the end of the day, we’ve got to live, we’ve got to live in world where little children are not separated from their parents at our borders,” he said to rousing, sustained applause.“And the work of love is to work to make a world with the possibility of life for all. That is the work of love.” Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (22) Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 July 9, 2018 at 12:04 am Well, the remarks suggests just how hard it is to practice love. How I meet God may not be how others do. Surely no one of us can claim to have the one and only answer. Let us walk in love and try to practice love, so that we may live in peace with each other. Featured Events Frank Harrison says: Rector Belleville, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls July 10, 2018 at 10:40 pm Just curious — are you one of those who say we ought love and include everyone no matter what? Kristin Maguire says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY PJ Cabbiness says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL July 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm I must admit that I started watching with much trepidation, and I skipped most of the music before and after, but I came away quite surprised. I haven’t been to a revival in more than 50 years and I couldn’t imagine one put on by TEC. I was enraptured. Our PB surprises me over and over again with how he can pull off what he does. I believe we are very blessed to have him as our primate. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Brian Bevins says: Rector Knoxville, TN July 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm I am absolutely delighted to have started a conversation, all be it with less than lovingly chosen words. I often push back when I see someone “raining on another’s parade.” While not only raining on Michael Curry’s address, rain fell on the many of us who appreciated it. Opening this exchange with: “…you have the substance, or lack thereof, of the PB’s remarks,” I, true to my calling, push back. PJ, I apologize for using insulting words, but not for challenging your assessment of Michael Curry’s remarks. The “substance” is between the lines, of that you can be certain. The message is always “between the lines.” Our Presiding Bishop knows and preaches accordingly. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MIlast_img read more

first_img Ricardo, how you being my friend? I hope the week has been better for you then you deserve! All is well on this end. I don’t know if the animals are patient or just so hungry their desperation makes them like the vulture that was sitting up in a tree. When the indian chief compliments the vulture for his patience the vulture replies, “Patience hell! I am going to kill something!!” You be good now ya hear, Chaz CSG Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Ernie Bursey Reply WOW!! Exciting, fast paced anda daily fact of life. If we really stop to think about it, Satan is waitingto pounce on us, as if we are prey.And, I guess we are his prey, since he comes to steal, kill and destroy.Good article, Chuck!God bless you. Charles, How lucky we are when you weave your experience and writing skills into creating such a powerful story. It makes me praise G-D for the skills he has given you. Keep it up. 18 COMMENTS InspirationBy Charles TowneThough the following brief glimpse into nature could, and likely does happen, it is after all fiction, but fiction based on fact. Watch; always watch, for it is the watcher that survives.The mosquito larva would be safe if it could reach the leaf.  That it did not realize that the thing was a leaf was not important, only that its shadow represented a safe haven, a place to hide.The tiny insect larva swam toward the leaf.   The water is only inches in depth, but to a creature so small those inches could very well have represented fathoms.Propelled by sporadic whips of its tail the larva moves forward in an erratic up and down motion.  Without realizing it those very movements are what attracts the minnow’s attention.The mosquito larva has almost reached the leaf, totally unaware of the tiny mosquito fish that lays hungrily waiting and watching under that very leaf. Suddenly there is a flash of movement and before the mosquito larva can flee it is seized, and a moment later, engulfed.The minnow, only an inch and a half long, resumes its role as predator back under the leaf.  It has eaten several of the tiny insects and for the moment its hunger is satisfied.Hanging there motionless, pumping water through its tiny gill slits, it is unaware that it also is being watched.With patience born of an insatiable appetite the crayfish waits.The little crustacean is, as all of its kind, an opportunistic feeder.  It would always scavenge the dead, but if the chance should present itself…? It watches the minnow hungrily, hopefully.The minnow sees movement.  Another mosquito larva!  It dashes in pursuit, so intent on capturing the larva it is unaware of the crayfish until it is too late.  The larva swims within an inch of the crayfish, the minnow in swift pursuit, intent only on its prey.The crayfish, pinchers poised, lunges forward!  The minnow is seized, allowing the larva to escape under a bit of flotsam.The crayfish, with rapid thrusts of its tail jets backward, settling near the shore in less than two inches of water and immediately begins tearing the minnow into shreds it starts to feed.The half-grown bullfrog watches greedily, and then, when it was sure, it lunges!  Both the crayfish and the yet struggling minnow are seized. The bullfrog moved backward and settled itself, then It swallows, blinks, and relaxes.To relax can be fatal.The frog is only about half-grown as is the 24-inch long cottonmouth water moccasin that just so happens to be watching nearby.   The snake has seen the frog’s movement and is now moving forward.As the bullfrog settles down to digest its meal the cottonmouth continues to move closer, ever closer.  The snake’s movements are slow, born of patience, as it closes the gap.When it is sure of itself it strikes.The reptile does not use its deadly poison apparatus; it seizes the frog with innumerable re-curved needle-like teeth, immediately throwing a loop of its powerful body around its prey.It then begins to contract, suffocating the frog, squeezing the life giving air from its lungs.If the frog was been a little smaller it would not have been constricted, it simply would have been swallowed alive.Soon, very soon, the bullfrog moves no more.  Minutes have passed, such a brief time that the crayfish inside the frog’s gut is yet precariously clinging to life as the snake begins to swallow the frog.The great blue heron is hunting.  It stands very still, all of its concentration on that spot of water.   Or I should say its attention is on the small garfish that floats there pumping water through its gills.The gar, seven inches in length, intently watches a small clump of water hyacinths which floats nearby.  A fingerling bass has just disappeared into the floating bit of vegetation only moments before.During its brief lifetime the gar has already learned that patience rewards those that know her well, and so it waits like the predator it is, waiting for the bass to leave its haven.Suddenly the gar is struck a terrible blow!   Its first instinct is to flee, but somehow its movements are impaired.   Its tiny brain screams a series of escape messages but the messages are to no avail.Raised high and shaken until tiny scales and bits of bloody flesh fly in a spray, the gar is flipped into the air and seized by its head to begin a dark journey from where it will never return.The great blue heron shakes its head, blinks several times as it swallows, bends its long neck, and using one foot, grooms itself.The large bird then spread its wings and shakes them, restoring circulation after its long vigil.  After this ritual it takes one, two, a half dozen slow graceful steps, and stops.The foot which was raised taking that last step slowly descends, barely rippling the water’s surface, and it is still again.The heron is again the hunter.An errant breeze lifts one of the long crest plumes on the bird’s head but this makes no more movement than a leaf would were it nudged by a vagrant breath of air.Again that long neck unwinds, the head darts down in a blur of movement. That long rapier beak pierces the water to seize a large crayfish which promptly follows the dark path the garfish had just taken only minutes before.Noticing a slight movement in the reeds along the shore the heron moves with a shadowy grace, only intent on filling the remaining void in its gut.  It approaches the area cautiously.   Even though the water is not a foot deep it is enough to conceal an alligator large enough to include a tough old blue heron on its broad list of dietary preferences.The heron is all the hunter, its bright eyes darting this way and that as it searches for anything small enough to eat, even a small version of that alligator, if chance should allow it.The cottonmouth water moccasin lays there in the shallow water at the shoreline.It has just eaten the bullfrog only minutes before and is now searching for a place where it can curl up and digest its meal and perhaps soak up a little sunshine at the close of the day.The great blue heron sees the snake and decides that this will be a fitting main course to its dinner.Aiming with the precision born of instinct the heron thrusts with that deadly, sharp beak, not out of malice for it knows no such thing.   Only with a need driven by hunger, the desire to survive, does it act.Immediately the snake reacts.Writhing and twisting in a violent attempt to escape, it reaches back, jaws agape. In a rapid series of movements its jaws opening and closing spasmodically, the fangs erect, audibly clicking on the heron’s beak.The snake impulsively works muscles that send a spray of amber venom splashing into the water at the heron’s feet.  It continues to struggle, striving mightily to reach the heron’s flesh with its fangs, all to no avail.  The heron walks up onto the river bank carrying the reptile in its beak.The struggle might have been different had the snake been seized another three inches lower on its body. It could then have reached the heron’s head and neck, but as it is the outcome is fairly certain.Casting the reptile to the ground the bird swiftly steps on it, pinning it there.   Then, as swiftly as the snake could strike, it repeatedly stabs with that long, sharp beak, always aiming for the reptile’s deadly head.The cottonmouth attempts to strike the foot and the leg that holds it, but to no avail.  Hard scales on the heron’s feet, and long bony legs are not very good targets for the specialized flesh piercing fangs of the cottonmouth.Soon the snake lies twitching under the heron’s feet, its head demolished. Only then does the heron begin to swallow its prey.Twenty minutes later the great blue heron is perched on a branch of the ancient cypress.The large bird settles itself, clucking contentedly.  It blinks, and then, tucking its head under one wing, it sleeps.And as the sun sets those creatures that hunt through the night began to stir.AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYERDear God, praise you for teaching me through nature.  Thank you for allowing me to learn of what a wonderful creator you are.  I praise you, and glorify your name.  Please, Lord, teach me to always help others to know you better through nature.  I am yours God, please comfort me, give me perfect health, restore every aspect of my body, my lungs, my heart, my all.  You God, are wonderful, faithful, and true in all things.  You are worthy of my praise.  Thank you lord God, in Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen***This story is one of several fiction pieces The Apopka Voice will be publishing by local authors and favorites who enjoy creatively exploring this literary realm. To see more stories of this nature, enter “Fiction” in our site’s search bar. If you would like to submit a fiction piece to be considered, and are local to Apopka, please submit your selection to [email protected] Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Reply March 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm March 19, 2019 at 5:01 pm TAGSCharles TowneFaithFictionInspirationNature Previous articleSt. Patrick’s Day: Fact and FictionNext articleSpring Match: In March and April your gifts are doubled to Christian HELP Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR We might wish it otherwise. But in this world that is the way it is, at least for now. The question is whether humans in their treatment of the environment and in their treatment of each other can transcend the predator mindset. Reply March 17, 2019 at 8:50 am NH, I rub shoulders with folks every day that seem to have just given up on life. So many of them don’t have an idea just how exciting life can be, and I am talking about all venues, inside as well as outside. Inside I write, explore by reading, examining the fingerprints of life through the written word; outside I examine the various grand aspects of nature from the vastness of space to the minutia of the microscopic. Through it all I see God. This then is what I choose to share. Blessings dear heart, Chaz Thanks Ch as great Observations, all so very Metaphorical! Keep the FAITH Reply The Anatomy of Fear March 19, 2019 at 11:57 am charles towne charles towne March 17, 2019 at 11:55 am Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mike McFadden Don Young LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply charles towne March 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm charles towne charles towne NH Reply Reply March 17, 2019 at 11:48 am Reply Herbert Weissman Richard March 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm Reply March 17, 2019 at 12:39 pm March 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm Reply Another fantastic lesson from nature! I am struck by one trait that each predator seems to share, patience! A lesson we could all learn, if we were not always in such a hurry,seeking instant gratification, we would find out what Papa God has planned for us! I’m betting that it isn’t always what we think it should be! I’m also betting He knows best if we could just learn to be patient, we would get our reward!T Reply March 18, 2019 at 10:51 am EJ Herb, Praise Him for His generosity and mercy. Praise Him from whence all blessings flow. Blessings on you pal, Chaz Reply March 18, 2019 at 2:30 pm Mike, MY DESIRE IS TO SHARE IN SUCH A WAY THAT OTHERS ARE INSPIRED. tHANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND MANY BLESSINGS ON YOU AND YOURS PAL, Chaz You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here March 18, 2019 at 9:23 am March 18, 2019 at 1:49 pm This article kept me hooked. Great read and reminder of the chain of life. Thanks for sharing! Reply Please enter your name here Ahhh yes…the chain of life in our amazing, Florida ecosystem. Great way to start my day!Thank you Charles. Kristin, dear lady there is no greater compliment you could possibly give then to tell me that my article had you, “Hooked!” Don’t ever hesitate to share any ideas you may have. Blessings on you, Chaz charles towne March 17, 2019 at 11:12 am Reply charles towne EJ, I am pleased that you like it, more is on the way. Life is so very good!!! Blessings on you my friend, Chaz charles towne Donald, I believe the key to the story is that it does make us think. Blessings on you my friend, Chaz charles towne Ernie Bursey, From my beginning as a hunter and trapper to where I am today was a long journey. My serving as a zoo director certainly was part of that journey and all subsequents aspects of my life have contributed to where I am today and He is not through with me yet, not by a longshot. Blessings on you and yours my friend, Chaz P.S. Some refer to the “lizard brain” but personally I prefer to encourage and promote the “Jesus” brain, whence all that is kind, merciful, loving and generous comes. C Another great story on life and survival that few of us ever think of. The details so vividly spoken I thought I was watching a documentary film on Animal Planet. Happy St. Patrick’s day Sir…. March 17, 2019 at 10:36 pm Reply Reply March 17, 2019 at 8:35 am Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Dear CSG, you summed up the object of my article in very few meaningful words dear lady! Bless you my friend. Chaz Kristin Reply March 18, 2019 at 11:07 am Great story Chuck! Makes me think how our God can see each daily act, that could lead to our injury or even death. Through out my 85 years I’ve seen so many times I could have suffered a serious problem, and at the last moment I am spared! I believe that God loves each one of us and will try to nudge us in the safest direction. Keep it up Chuck, I really like your nature stories! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

first_imgCopyHouses•Caulfield, Australia “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Stepping House / Bower Architecture Year:  Candeo Design 2014 2014 Stepping House / Bower ArchitectureSave this projectSaveStepping House / Bower Architecture Engineer:Meyer ConsultingBuilding Surveyor:Nepean Building PermitsDesign Team:Jade Vidal, Chema Bould, Anna Dutton, Ben ShieldsCity:CaulfieldCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shannon McGrathRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. Stepping House explores the opportunities that arise from treasuring the modest scale of its original 1960’s frontage. Through the exploration of sensitive new additions of increasing size, the architecture, interiors and landscape combine to respect the existing proportions and form a memorable and surprising journey.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe project brief was for a sustainable and private house containing a variety of living spaces filled with warmth, texture and connections to outdoors. Our response sought to protect the elegant single storey proportions of the frontage and conceal the scale of new additions from the streetscape. The design concept breaks the existing retained portion and new house into three pieces (the steps), of increasing size in a U arrangement around a central outdoor space.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe resulting house integrates architecture with landscape and provides a gentle and exciting transition in volume and scale as it is experienced. The absence of a front fence allows the house to engage with the public domain and the low entry tunnel and dark entry foyer dramatically frames the outlook to landscape and pool beyond. Australian bluestone and blackbutt timber surfaces add warmth to the powder room and kitchen, which looks to high north facing central living areas where a mix of direct and dappled light create a play of whites across textured surfaces including abundant bagged brickwork. The central fireplace and changes to levels and materials combine to achieve a balance between openness and defined spaces, retaining a personal scale.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathVarious connections are made from the living areas to the external spaces throughout. The central living volume connects to north and south outdoor areas, facilitating natural cross ventilation. Fragmentation of the rear two storey bedroom block is accomplished with cantilevered forms and a floating steel frame, which includes steel angles arrayed to satisfy regulatory overlooking requirements. These gestures create a series of outdoor rooms, which maximise afternoon sun entry and surround a maturing tree which gradually grows within.Save this picture!SectionThe language of framing, screening and textured surfaces is continued through the joinery and interiors where richer materials are placed alongside a restrained palette, re-interpreting the 1960’s language of the original house. Stepping House is dedicated to the creation of elegantly proportioned, functional interior and exterior spaces which stem from the retention of its modest existing streetscape proportions to create a memorable and lasting family home.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathCost reducing passive sustainability systems are integral to the design and are facilitated by the U shaped plan with a northerly living aspect and sun shading along its entire length. The house is fragmented at its highest western end to maximise the amount of sunlight to outdoor and interior spaces. Careful placement of operable windows to north and south courtyards from the living areas facilitate natural cross ventilation. Banks of louvres within the family room and stair sections allow the house to further naturally exhaust when suitable. Internal use of brickwork to walls and fireplace elements and a concrete slab provide effective thermal mass. A 21,000 litre underground watertank collects stormwater for garden irrigation and toilet flushing. The zoning of the house into distinct public, living and bedroom blocks and corresponding zoning of hydronic heating and mechanical cooling systems further increases efficiency and minimises waste.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathProject gallerySee allShow lessFairy Tales 2016: Architecture Storytelling CompetitionIdeasOMA to Design Fashion and Technology Exhibition at the METArchitecture News Share Area:  520 m² Area:  520 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  CopyAbout this officeBower ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCaulfieldAustraliaPublished on October 14, 2015Cite: “Stepping House / Bower Architecture” 14 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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first_img Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp By News Highland – October 12, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest The Loughs Agency has confirmed that a significant quantity of oysters have been seized off Lough Foyle.The seizure is part of investigations into illegal, pre-season, fishing activities for native oysters in the Lough.The Loughs Agency say they are also aware that a number of licenced oyster operators got into difficulty during the opening day of the season, on Tuesday past, and have confirmed the decision as to whether or not to go to sea remains the responsibility of the Master of the vessel.Loughs Agency investigations into illegal, pre-season, fishing activities for native oysters in Lough Foyle, have resulted in the seizure of bags of illegally fished oysters on Monday last, the day before the Lough Foyle Native Oyster Fishery was scheduled to open.The bags were buoyed offshore prior to the official opening of the fishery at 6am on Tuesday morning.Loughs Agency Fishery Officers mounted an operation to recover the bags early on Monday morning before weather conditions deteriorated.Live oysters recovered from the bags were returned to the Lough and investigations are ongoing.Meanwhile, the agency say they are aware a number of licenced oyster operators got into difficulties during the opening day of the season and confirmed the decision as to whether or not to go to sea remains the responsibility of the Master of the vessel.They say small craft warnings were in operation from Met Éireann at the time.In response to the weather conditions and in line with Loughs Agency’s own risk assessments, the decision was taken for no Agency patrol vessels to go to sea that day. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationscenter_img WhatsApp Significant quantity of oysters seized off Lough Foyle RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Facebook Homepage BannerNews Previous articleDonegal start Ulster title defence against FermanaghNext articleGorman and Holden start for NI U21’s in Iceland win News Highland last_img read more

first_imgjarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — An outbreak of the novel coronavirus that began in China about three months ago has now infected more than 7,300 people across all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.COVID-19, a respiratory illness which began in China about three months ago, has killed at least 135 people in the United States, according to ABC News’ count.The disease has spread to every continent except Antarctica, infecting more than 214,000 people globally and killing over 8,700, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Governments around the world have implemented travel restrictions, border closures and lockdowns in an effort to slow the spread. Here’s how the news is unfolding today. All times Eastern. 4:59 p.m.: New York Stock Exchange to temporarily move to electronic tradingThe New York Stock Exchange will temporarily move to fully electronic trading beginning March 23.All NYSE markets will still operate under normal trading hours.A date to reopen trading floors hasn’t been determined.4:40 p.m.: 10 new deaths in Seattle areaIn King County, Washington, which includes Seattle — hard-hit by the outbreak — 10 more people died from coronavirus on Wednesday, officials said.That brings the fatality total in King County to 56, public health officials said.There are 562 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, including 44 new cases Wednesday.“We expect the case count to double every 5–7 days unless these orders to stay away from others are followed diligently,” public health officials warned.4:28 p.m.: Honda, Ford, GM, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota temporarily stopping North America productionHonda said it’s temporarily suspending production at North American plants from March 23 to March 31, reducing production by about 40,000 cars, due to an anticipated decline in demand.Honda will continue to give full pay during that period and use the time to focus on continued cleaning, the company said.Ford also said its suspending its U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturing facilities from Thursday night to March 30 to clean and sanitize plants.Ford already temporarily closed its Michigan Assembly Plant final assembly building on Wednesday after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, Ford said.A “thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting” effort is underway at the plant and those who have had contact with that employee are being told to self-quarantine, Ford said.General Motors followed suit, announcing its suspending North American facilities until at least March 30 “due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities.”Fiat-Chrysler also said Wednesday it’s stopping production at North American plants until the end of March.Toyota said it’s stopping North America production on March 23 and 24 and will resume March 25. 4:20 p.m.: Senate passes ‘phase-2’ coronavirus stimulus measureThe Senate Wednesday afternoon passed the House-passed “phase two” coronavirus stimulus bill.The phase-two bill includes free COVID-19 testing, expansion of food security programs like SNAP and WIC, and more unemployment insurance funding.The bill passed by a vote of 90-8. Those who voted against the bill are Republican Sens. James Lankford, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Tim Scott, Marsha Blackburn, Ben Sasse, Ron Johnson and James Inhoffe.The bill now moves to President Donald Trump’s desk. 1:43 p.m.: Honda, Ford, GM temporarily stopping North America productionHonda said it’s temporarily suspending production at North American plants from March 23 to March 31, reducing production by about 40,000 cars, due to an anticipated decline in demand.Honda will continue to give full pay during that period and use the time to focus on continued cleaning, the company said.Ford also said its suspending its U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturing facilities from Thursday night to March 30 to clean and sanitize plants.Ford already temporarily closed its Michigan Assembly Plant final assembly building on Wednesday after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, Ford said.A “thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting” effort is underway at the plant and those who have had contact with that employee are being told to self-quarantine, Ford said.General Motors followed suit, announcing its suspending North American facilities until at least March 30 “due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities.”1:34 p.m.: Italy’s death toll continues to soarItaly, where residents are on lockdown amid the pandemic, is reporting 475 new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours. That brings Italy’s total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 2,978, the country’s Civil Protection Agency reported.The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy has soared to 35,713, according to the Civil Protection Agency.12:45 p.m.: Government recommends all nonessential medical procedures be limitedCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said Wednesday that CMS will announce regulations limiting “nonessential elective medical and surgical procedures, including dental procedures,” in order to help prioritize essential health activities.Coronavirus map: Why flattening the curve for coronavirus matters“We believe that these recommendations will help surgeons, patients, and hospitals prioritize what is essential, while leaving the ultimate decision to the heads of state and local health officials and those clinicians who have direct responsibility to their patients,” Verma said. “And we urge providers and clinicians and patients to seriously consider these recommendations.” 12:30 p.m.: HUD suspending foreclosures, evictionsThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will suspend all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April, President Donald Trump announced at a coronavirus briefing at the White House Wednesday.Some local governments, including New York state and Los Angeles, had already temporarily banned evictions.12:20 p.m.: Honda temporarily suspends North America productionHonda said it’s temporarily suspending production at North American plants from March 23 to March 31, reducing production by about 40,000 cars, due to an anticipated decline in demand.How to avoid panicking in coping with coronavirus outbreakHonda will continue to give full pay during that period, the company said. 11:45 a.m.: Hospital ship USNS Comfort headed to NYC harbor New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that all businesses in the state must limit its workforce in the office to 50%.“If it doesn’t slow the spread, we will reduce the number of workers even further,” he said. “That 50% can be calibrated.”New York state has a total of 2,382 coronavirus cases and 20 deaths, the governor said.Cuomo said he spoke with President Donald Trump who is dispatching the hospital ship USNS Comfort to New York City’s harbor where it can act as a floating hospital.Cuomo said he and Trump also discussed setting up mobile hospitals.10:32 a.m.: Italy’s virus-hit region ‘soon’ won’t be able to help sick, official saysMedical facilities in northern Italy’s virus-hit Lombardy region will “soon” be unable to help the sick, the regional governor said Wednesday.Lombardy’s governor, Attilio Fontana, urged everyone in the region to stay home.“Unfortunately the numbers of the contagion are not falling, they continue to be high,” Fontana told reporters, as quoted by Italian news agency ANSA. “We will soon be unable to give a response to those who fall ill.”“Stay at home,” he added. “If you don’t understand that, we’ll have to be more aggressive.”With more than 31,500 confirmed cases, Italy has the second-highest national total behind China, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.A majority of Italy’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the Lombardy region.10:12 a.m. U.S. to close border with CanadaThe United States will temporarily close its northern border with Canada to “non-essential traffic,” U.S. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning. Trump said the decision was made by “mutual consent,” and that “trade will not be affected.”9:24 a.m. White House submits additional funding request to CongressThe White House on Tuesday night submitted an additional funding request to Congress, requesting $45.8 billion more — in addition to the trillion-dollar package currently being negotiated — in order to cover unanticipated costs for an array of federal agencies fighting the coronavirus.The White House wants to provides $16.6 billion for Veterans Affairs, $11.5 billion for Health and Human Services, $8.3 billion for the Department of Defense and $3.2 billion for the Department of Homeland Security. The rest would go to over a dozen other federal agencies, according to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).8:00 a.m. Confirmed cases top 200,000 worldwide, global death toll exceeds 8,000The worldwide number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus topped 200,000 while the global death toll surpassed 8,000 on Wednesday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.The majority of cases and fatalities were still reported in China, but that percentage is continuing to diminish as the outbreak worsens in other countries such as Italy, Iran and the United States.7:45 a.m. U.S. doctor on the frontlines speaks out: ‘We don’t have the resources for this’A doctor on the frontlines of the fight against the novel coronavirus in the United States warned that hospitals are already running low on lifesaving resources, even as the outbreak has yet to reach a peak. “If this peaks early and it peaks hard, we don’t have the resources for this and we’ll run out of ventilators and space,” Dr. Stephen Anderson, an emergency physician in Auburn, Washington, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.“There’s no question, we need quicker and more tests, we certainly need more space to place people, we need ventilators,” Anderson continued. “I have ventilators this morning, but the hospital up the street from me is out of ventilators at the moment.” Anderson also noted that health care workers on the frontlines, like himself, are in dire need of personal protective gear. “I’ve got my mask for today right here and I’m guarding it with my life because it could be my life. We reportedly have two days’ supply,” he added. “We really don’t have a deep bullpen. If people get sick and they’re out, that takes people off the frontlines to help with this. But by the same token, you don’t want to be sick and be around the people that are coming to the emergency department who are already the sickest people in most need in America. So we are trying to test our health care workers as quickly and efficiently as we can and getting them back in the ballgame, if possible.” Anderson said “there’s a lot of stress” among medical professionals right now, and he described the mood as “frightening.” “In 35 years of practice, I can say that this is the most anxiety that I have ever seen around the idea of an infectious disease,” he said. “We are on the frontlines and it’s scary, that’s where the casualties always happen in any battle.” Anderson emphasized the importance of flattening the curve of the outbreak to keep the spread of the disease at a manageable level for health care workers. “We need to make sure that if this goes on into June, that it’s a gradual rise and fall,” he said. “And the way that we need to do that right now is by socially isolating ourselves and hunkering down so that we don’t spread the virus.”6:07 a.m. Virus now present in all European countries as Montenegro confirms first casesThe novel coronavirus has now spread to all European nations as Montenegro confirmed its first cases late Tuesday night.Until now, Montenegro was the only country in Europe without a single confirmed case of COVID-19. The government has taken measures to prevent the outbreak from reaching the country, including closing its borders for foreigners, shutting schools and banning public gatherings.Montenegro’s prime minister, Dusko Markovic, revealed the country’s first two confirmed cases in a press conference late on Tuesday. The patients are both women — one is in her late 40s and the other is in her early 70s.One of the patients had recently returned from Spain, where nearly 12,000 people are infected with the virus, while the other had returned from the United States, where nearly 6,500 people are infected.The two patients are currently hospitalized in a special ward of a medical clinic in Podgorica, the capital. Both are in stable condition, according to Markovic.“It is clear that the first cases of infections were not unexpected and it is very likely that soon new cases will be discovered,” Markovic said.Calling on his European neighbors to show solidarity during the pandemic, Montenegro’s prime minister said his country’s ports will remain available to other nations in the region “to keep the flow of goods and its borders open to trade and supply.”“It is up to us, the leaders of the region, to set an example and make decisions as good neighbors to each other,” Markovic said.5:27 a.m. Schools close in 39 U.S. statesThirty-nine states have decided to close schools as of Tuesday night, according to the news journal Education Week.Combined with direct closures in other states, at least 91,000 public and private schools across the country are closed, are scheduled to close or were closed and later reopened, affecting some 41.6 million students, Education Week reported.There are a total of 98,277 public schools and 34,576 private schools in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.3:48 a.m. Wuhan, China, reports just one new case for second straight dayThe Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported just one new confirmed case for the second day in a row.China’s National Health Commission recorded only one new case of confirmed infection in Hubei province on both Monday and Tuesday. Each was reported in the city of Wuhan, where the very first cases of the novel coronavirus emerged back in December.Overall, the Chinese mainland has reported 80,894 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,237 deaths, with a vast majority in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. While China still compromises the bulk of the world’s cases, that proportion is shrinking by the day as the epidemic appears to slow down in China and expand abroad, particularly in Europe.With more than 31,500 confirmed cases, Italy has the second-highest national behind China, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.3:25 a.m. U.S. hospital association warns of ventilator shortageThe largest national hospital organization in the United States is urging Americans to adhere to the recommended health precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak so the health care system doesn’t become overwhelmed with patients.“There are limited supplies of ventilators and hospital beds, which is why hospitals and public health officials all across the country are urging the public to follow the guidance of the CDC and other public health leaders on social distancing and other actions,” Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and patient safety policy at the American Hospital Association, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday night. “The best way not to overtax the health care system is to keep more people healthy. That is the reason public events have been canceled, schools are closed, businesses are instituting telework policies where possible, and other changes have been made to the way we routinely lead our lives.”In addition to the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “has told nursing homes and other health care facilities that house our most vulnerable patients to severely limit visitors and group events,” according to Foster.“This will reduce the surge of acutely ill patients that hospitals will see, and hopefully ensure we experience a manageable level of demand,” she added. “Hospitals and our dedicated doctors and nurses are doing their part to combat this virus. We hope everyone else will as well.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 2:00 p.m.: All UK schools to closeAll schools in the United Kingdom will be closed from Friday until further notice, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced. We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020last_img read more

first_img Beau Lund February 3, 2020 /Sports News – National Take a sneak peek at the first Tiger Woods-designed public golf course FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDSCimage/iStock(RIDGEDALE, Mo.) — Tiger Woods fans will soon be able to experience a first: the golf legend has designed his first public-access golf course.Called Payne’s Valley Course and named for the late Payne Stewart, winner of 11 PGA Tour events, the new course is located at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains. Stewart was an Ozarks native. The project was led by Tiger Woods’ TGR Design and Johnny Morris — the founder of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge — and will open 13 holes on March 6 for preview play. Additional holes will be added as they become complete.According to the lodge, “Payne’s Valley will showcase the region’s natural beauty through a championship course featuring a 19th hole known as The Big Rock at Payne’s Valley, a par 3 bet-settling hole set against a 200 foot limestone cliff and roaring waterfall.”Preview play will be $195 a round including cart, balls and on-course snacks.The course will be the fifth at Big Cedar Lodge. The Lodge also offers bass and fly-fishing, water sports on the 43,000 acre Table Rock Lake, hiking, golf, archery tag and a new glamping site that debuted in May 2019. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more