Michelle Salazar

Nature Coast Therapy Dogs

michelle@hernandosun.com
Photography by CHERYL CLANTON: cheryl@hernandosun.com

Ruby is greeted by Nature Coast Therapy Dogs Lincoln and Turbo with volunteers DJ and Rita. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

They say dogs are a man’s best friend. This might actually be true. Studies have shown that pets, especially dogs, can increase the happiness and well-being of the people they spend time with. This is why pet therapy has become an increasingly popular form of rehabilitation. Hernando County has an amazing volunteer organization called Nature Coast Therapy Dogs. They strive to bring happiness to those who are in nursing homes or hospitals, and so much more. Therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.

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.

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