Thank God For This Paper

Samantha Taylor, Samantha Taylor Fitness When I started my Personal Training business for women 21 years ago in this area, I was looking for a way to get my name out there. I was working out of a large gym at the time, and I wanted to inspire women to train with me so they could get the results they were looking for. I honestly remember having the conversation with my husband and wondering if we should spend the money because at that time, I was just starting so I didn’t have many resources. I knew something within me was … Continue reading Thank God For This Paper

The Power of Books

Submitted by Dr. Rob Norman What is your first memory of books? During the summer as a child, the bookmobile stopped each week a couple blocks away from my house. I remember the smell of the book’s interior, as if it was palpable and I could slice a piece of it. Books gave me a chance to live others lives, to go on wild and wonderful adventures in my mind and explore the uncharted universe. The fact that book reading levels have increased is because reading is essential. Books are complex, informative, and entertaining. They improve our imagination, give us … Continue reading The Power of Books

Human Trafficking Awareness

The past year has been more challenging than most. Although the pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, it has not stopped human traffickers from exploiting people for profit. January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office remains committed to ending human trafficking. Simply put, human traffickers take advantage of vulnerable people and use force, fraud, or coercion to compel them into commercial labor trafficking, sex trafficking, or involuntary servitude. Human trafficking is the fastest growing and third largest criminal enterprise in the world. According to the Florida Dream Center, an estimated 21 million children, … Continue reading Human Trafficking Awareness

No Good Deed Goes Unnoticed by God

By Karen McBride Vilma Burgos and her family were enjoying a day at the beach on Honeymoon Island. The wind picked up as an unexpected storm began to circulate offshore on that Fourth of July day. Vilma began packing up the car as it was imminent that the storm was approaching quickly as often happens in Florida. Her son, Oscar and his wife, Betty, remained at the blanket gathering their children’s toys and packing up the remainder of the beach items. A woman and her 2-month-old baby were sitting nearby. Suddenly a gust of wind carried away the umbrella she … Continue reading No Good Deed Goes Unnoticed by God