My friend Billy Matthews, WQBQ sports director, is dyed-in-the-wool "local" and "home state" by geography, business philosophy and football coverage. By definition, he will spend air time on but three NFL teams: Miami, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.
When I talked to him Tuesday, Billy was enthusiastically trying to reach Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry, drafted by the Dolphins in the 7th round of last week's draft.
"Service Academy sports are alive and well," the veteran broadcaster declared. Then he regaled me with tales of area student-athletes who were recruited over the years by those unique and storied institutions: "Jon Bauschlicher, Tom Douglas, Leamon Hall, Larry Herding, John Merrill, Aaron Parks, Thomas Stutts, Dylan Van Note …"
Diehard Miami fan, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Chris Edwards of Eustis, said "the Dolphins made the right decision" in grabbing Perry, who they intend to employ as a wide receiver.
"He'll be a good target for Tua (Tagovailoa) and would be a great slot guy," Edwards said. "You hit Perry on a slant behind the linebackers and he is gone!"
Of special interest to LZ LAKEHAWK readers: Perry is the son of Army NCO parents. He played his high school ball in Clarksville, Tennessee - right next door to Fort Campbell, Kentucky where nests the fabled 101st Airborne Division.
– Gary Kadow, the Villages-based Vietnam veteran and 9-11 chaplain profiled on this page in the Aug. 17, 2019 Daily Commercial, is mounting up for another "ride in the forest" on behalf of area homeless vets. Under the auspices of Project SOS (Support Our Soldiers), Kadow and fellow Vietnam vet Bob Peters of Central Florida Salute are collecting food gift cards over the next two weeks to put a dent in the virus-induced hard times being experienced by too many these days. To participate, drop those grocery store gift cards off at the WQBQ Studios, 1920 County Rd. 25A in Leesburg.
- An item from last week's column was incorrect. The Marine Corps League's 1240 Detachment has no immediate plans for moving or changing its name. Look for a more detailed and accurate update on this page in the coming weeks. LZ LAKEHAWK regrets the error.
From the quill of Altoona's retired Navy Lt. Cdr. (CHC) Bob Haines:
Back in the day, my formal preparation for full-time ministry included Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), whereby a seminary student is placed in a hospital or mental health setting.
In practical terms, my peers and I were thrown into the midst of a lot of hurting, confused people who were struggling to overcome; thankfully, we were supervised by an experienced, well-trained mentor who had been there/done that.
During the CPE experience, one is forced to face his innermost feelings as he writes, verbatim, of his ministerial interactions with patients and then receives supervisor feedback.
Additionally, the student meets with classmates and the supervisor in an Interpersonal Relationship (IPR) therapeutic group to share the experiences. And once a week each aspiring minister huddles with his or her mentor to discuss deep reactions to a number of challenging actualities which included attending an autopsy; viewing a major surgery; and dealing with death and dying -- up close and personal.
As with combat, it is difficult to fully communicate and relate with those who have not been "baptized" by full exposure to some of these situations.
I write all this to say that, if you have never opened up your own life to another person - someone who can understand you - you are missing a sublime opportunity for personal growth by "removing excess baggage," revealing your innermost thoughts and working through things that may have been troubling you for far too long.
During this pandemic, many have intentionally taken the time for personal reflection. Good idea! Please allow me to encourage you to take advantage of the present opportunity to do some of the deep thinking … the heart thinking.
Find a professional counselor, a clinically trained pastor or priest and open yourself up to an emotional and spiritual healing. Or and least a gut check and tune-up. Important point: None of us need to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy!
Most especially, I invite you to take your burdens to the Lord – and leave them with Him: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).” CHAPS OUT.
Keith Oliver is a veteran of nearly 30 years' Marine Corps service. Email him at LZLakehawk@gmail.com. Join Keith Friday mornings on 1410 AM with station manager James Floyd and Air Force Vietnam veteran Bob Peters.