Carl Wernicke

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11:06 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Marvelous Moonrise

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The occurrence earlier this month of a so-called super moon, which occurs when a full moon coincides with a close orbital approach to earth, prompted my wife and I to find a good spot to observe moonrise.

We set up our folding chairs on the shore of Blackwater Bay by 8 p.m., anticipating moonrise at 8:03. However, storm clouds suggested less than optimal conditions for observing a celestial event.

But even with the obscured horizon, we weren’t disappointed.

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1:14 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Carl Wernicke: I'm Really Nice

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All of us have times when we are less than sociable. While I know that I am in reality a cuddly, warm human being, this doesn’t always come across to others. My mother used to call me anti-social, and my wife has deemed me a curmudgeon. But who cares what they think, right? I know the real me, and, well, modesty keeps me from being too boastful.

Still, I admit that sometimes I just can’t deal with all the sweetness and light.

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4:16 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Carl Wernicke: What Was I Doing?

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It’s heck getting old. Younger listeners hearing these words won’t understand that for awhile, and older listeners already get it. Or will soon be getting it.

Perhaps the first real hint that being old is not the same as being young comes as your memory begins to slip. You forget things, you can’t remember other things, and your mind meanders down all sorts of false trails.

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1:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Human Efficiency & Natural Relaxation

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One of the happiest research findings in my lifetime was the discovery that, contrary to popular belief, most animals in the wild spend more time relaxing than working. The vision of animals on a round-the-clock quest for food turned out to be wrong. And we learned that some animals seem as inclined as humans to engage in social interaction, including play.

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3:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Small Spring Pleasures

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I try to enjoy the small things in life. Because if you can only enjoy big things, or the expensive things, you spend a lot of time not having a good time. 

Unfortunately, losing the ability to be easily entertained is one of the downsides of growing up. As children we are easily amused; armed with little more than a good stick and my imagination, as a child I could play for hours. And, to be truthful, I still think a good stick found in the woods is a treasure, although most other children seem to have grown up and moved on.

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3:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Remembering Reubin Askew

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We lost a good man with the death last week of Reubin Askew, Pensacola’s favorite son and maybe the greatest governor in Florida history.

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3:29 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Restorative Ecological Change Must Be Holistic

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A valuable lesson I learned over years as a reporter in writing about the environment is that to see is not always to understand. Crystal clear water can be severely polluted, and verdant woods can be a tree farm that bears little comparison to a healthy, diverse forest.

To understand what’s really happening, you need research. And what such research reveals can be spectacular. Especially when you realize that because of nature’s amazing resiliency, great damage done to ecological systems can sometimes be undone through relatively simple steps.

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3:48 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Carl Wernicke: What Helping Animals Says About Us

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   Mahatma Gandhi is famously quoted as saying that, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” By that standard, the United States often falls short, especially if you judge us by the factory farms providing so much of our meat.

But good and evil are often neither black or white. As in most judgments, you need to exercise some, well, judgment.

In that light, some recent actions by the uber animal – us – have put us in a pretty good light. At least, it bodes well for the people involved.

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10:01 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Carl Wernicke: An Ice Storm To Remember

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 As a community, we tend to mark the passage of time through memorable events whose impacts are as powerful mentally as they are physically. Just as the memory of the great hurricanes of 1906, 1916 and 1926 imprinted itself on past generations of Pensacolians, many of us today will carry the marker of Hurricane Ivan in 2004 for the rest of our lives.

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4:42 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Carl Wernicke: Lost Live Oaks & Something More

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As the recent front-page article in the Pensacola News Journal shows, I’m not the only person taken aback by the surprise tree massacre at the I-10/Scenic Highway intersection.

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