Michelle Salazar

World Prematurity Day Part 2: A successful pregnancy and birth

November 17th was World Prematurity Day. In Honor of this, I would like to share my story. Last week, I told you the story of how I lost my first child because she was born 4 months early. I was young and healthy, so no one thought I would have any complications. But unfortunately I went into labor and my precious little girl died in my arms. It took a long time to even consider getting pregnant again because the loss was so painful.

Operation Christmas Child

Brooksville’s First Baptist Church hosted a “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child on 11/19/16. What is a packing party? And what exactly is Operation Christmas Child? I’m glad you asked! Operation Christmas Child is a project by international charity Samaritan’s Purse- a Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. This project is intended to spread God’s love and hope by delivering shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to children in need overseas.

Challenger K-8 Honors Veterans

photo by Michelle Salazar

On Thursday, November 10th Challenger K8 School of Math and Science held their annual Veterans Day Concert. The performance was a joint venture between the middle school band and the chorus, which is comprised of 4th-8th grade students. Music teacher Richard Gomez and band director Michelle McCarthy did a great job of putting this show together. Gomez himself is a Veteran of the Navy and enthusiastic about getting children to have good role models. He explains “Athletes are entertainers, but Veterans are heroes.”

Two magic words

Thoughts become things.
Isn’t that what they say?
Thoughts become words.
Words become actions.
Actions become habits.
Habits become character.
Character becomes destiny.

Don’t you realize you can control your own destiny? All it takes is two magic words. We say these words every single day but most people don’t even realize it.

If everyone understood the power that these two words held, I am sure that they would be much more careful about what they say. These magic words are so common that I have already said them.

Relationships not religion

photo by Magda Padilla

Relationships, Not Religion- That’s the message Pastor Samuel Cruz of Iglesia Fuente de Salvacion wants people to understand. Relationship with Christ and with each other. Pastor Cruz is passionate about spreading the message of Christ’s Love and believes that many “Christians” get so bogged down with rules and regulations that they lose touch with the original message. He believes that many churches –even in Hernando County- try so hard to look like Christians that they end up forgetting the most important principals: Loving God above all else and loving your neighbor as yourself.

Theatre Review: "I do, I do"

photography by Claudia Salazar

Local actors Dorothy Ferguson and Keith Surplus play Agnes and Michael Snow in "I do, I do"

“Sometimes in the mornin' when shadows are deep
I lie here beside you just watching you sleep
And sometimes I whisper what I'm thinking of
My cup runneth over with love

Sometimes in the evening when you do not see
I study the small things you do constantly
I memorize moments that I'm fondest of
My cup runneth over with love”


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