Carl Wernicke

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5:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Mindfulness Is Tending A Garden

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   People do what they do for many reasons. I have always admired those who can figure out ahead of time why they should do something, but I have always had to develop understanding of things as I go. Which makes it important to not think that I know about something before I do, which, fortunately for me has never been a real problem. There always seems to be plenty of people willing to explain to me how much I don’t know.

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2:31 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Customer Service & Kids These Days

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If we Baby Boomers pledged one thing to ourselves, it was that we wouldn’t become our parents as we aged. But that’s proving harder than it seemed at the time.

That came home recently while listening to a selection of today’s popular music when I found myself thinking that it sounded like a lot of noise; bad noise. Oops, I bet that’s how my music sounded to my parents.

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1:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Oustmarting Raccoons & Getting A Good Night's Sleep

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How to get a good night’s sleep seems to be a recurring topic in our hectic, modern society. And with the Baby Boomers aging into growing sleep problems, it’s likely going to be a lucrative medical field as well.

For me, a good night’s sleep starts with my chickens. I’ll explain.

Doing anything new involves a learning curve. In our case, deciding 10 years ago to raise chickens for the eggs was definitely new. And we basically just jumped in after doing a little research. Which is where the learning curve comes in.

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11:42 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Holiday Time Warp

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  With the arrival of real winter this week I suddenly realized that this year seems to be zooming by at breakneck speed. That was underscored by what is quickly becoming a traditional sign of the arrival of Thanksgiving – the outbreak of Christmas decorations.

     In my day, we didn’t start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but these days the passage of time seems more fluid and irrelevant than ever.

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4:50 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Flooding And Learning From The Past

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There’s a reason why archeologists dig to recover the past. Nature piles the new on top of the old, and so do we. But covering something up doesn’t make it go away.  Just ask Richard Nixon! Or, as William Faulkner famously put it, “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

In Pensacola, our Superfund sites tell us all we need to know about how the past stays with us. A happier example is the archaeological work done by the University of West Florida, uncovering so much of our past.

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8:04 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Carl Wernicke: That Call Can Wait

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   Apparently every community in America takes pride in having the worst drivers, and certainly Northwest Florida can make its case.  But the advent of the cell phone is taking things to a new and scary level.

   Leaving the University of West Florida recently, I was at the light at Nine Mile Road and University Parkway. Now, we’re all used to aggressive drivers who cheat the light and push through the intersection after it turns red. They do this trusting that the drivers on the other side will take a moment after the light turns green to hit the accelerator. 

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3:47 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Autumn Beauty Revealed

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Saturday morning I was driving down Mary Kitchens Road on Garcon Point when I began to ask myself, when did all those wildflowers pop up on the shoulders? Sure, I had been seeing the fall flowers coming on, but how did they go from coming on to a cornucopia overnight?

Well, they didn’t. It just seemed that way.

Before I say why, let me backtrack a bit.

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7:04 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Carl Wernicke: The Pleasure Of Small-Time

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I have always loved newspapers. They’ve been called the first draft of history, an elegant phrase. And what I have found is that the smaller the paper, the more intimate the news. So as a traveler I have long made it a practice to buy the weekly and other small publications wherever I go, to try to get a sense of that community.

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12:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Be A Mentor

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Working as a newspaper writer for 35 years imbued me with a healthy dose of cynicism. Why? It’s not just all the bad news. Reporters and editors are exposed to far worse stuff than ever gets into the news pages, and unfortunately we learn a lot about the dark side of human nature.

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4:49 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Carl Wernicke: I'm Already Living In The Future

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“If you could choose a time to live, would you rather go back 100 years, or forward 100 years?”

That’s the question a co-worker asked me recently. My initial response was, go back (although I’d choose the 1920s or ‘30s).

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