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INSIDE: 6 Interview : Author Brad Huddleston 10 “Van Gogh Alive” Exhibit Review 15 Remembering Tommy Lasorda 16 Voices of Vero: If your life had a "gag reel" what event would it play? 18 Travels by Steven: St. Augustine 21 Chuck’s Reviews 23 Recipes: Devils Cream Pie 25 Treasure Coast Stylist: 8 Personalized Fashion Finds 27 Tech Insights: Digital Detox


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I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul. There is no blue without yellow and without orange. I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.

Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. It is only too true that a lot of artists are mentally ill – it’s a life which, to put it mildly, makes one an outsider. I’m all right when I completely immerse myself in work, but I’ll always remain half crazy. One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.



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One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.


I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.

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One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? It is better to be highspirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.

One must work and dare if one really wants to live. For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

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Digital Addiction Expert Brad Huddleston PART 1

We’re here with Brad Huddleston who has a book called Digital Cocaine. We did an interview last year that appeared in several issues of our magazine, and it was one of the most-requested interviews ever. People are really interested in this. First of all, Brad, the title of your book is...

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Digital Cocaine, A Journey Towards iBalance, the second in a series. I wrote one about 14 years ago called The Dark Side of Technology. I’ve been beating this drum, Rhett, for quite a long time. 6

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ow did this all happen? You’re a minister, too, correct? Yes, I’m ordained. I was a Computer Science major, ended up with a four-year degree in Computer Science, and then I went on to Bible College as well. But it started with our church about fifteen years ago. I’m not the pastor; I’m ordained as an evangelist so I travel around the world and I do a lot of research in this area, and on the weekends I’m in the churches. But it started when our youth leader came to me. We attend a healthy church, good families. But there was a site back then that preceded Facebook, a social media site, and she found about half of our youth group on there, and some of them were doing very vile things, posting inappropriate photos. We didn’t have names for it back then, but now you would call it “sexting” and you would call it “cyber-bullying” and things like that. So they were doing these things, and it shocked me, and I took it to the pastor and he asked me to actually deal with it for him because of my technical background. So on a Sunday morning I did a message, much like what you’ve seen me do when I’ve been in Florida, but I did it way back then. And of course it shocked people, and that opened the door for our ministry just to change. So we’ve been going around the world doing lots of research in this field and writing lots of articles, radio, TV, books, and things like that. So the bottom line, though, Rhett, we have a heart to help people. I don’t think anyone has fallen into this on purpose. It has taken the world by storm very quickly and rapidly. Nobody back then understood just how literally addictive it is. So we’re on a digital rescue mission, and with that comes the education issues, all of the social media dynamics with cyberbullying and the self-harm, and all of these things have come about. Now, the incidence of suicide in young females 14-17 has broken the ceiling. You’ve got young ladies who are not getting enough “likes” on certain things, or being bullied, and they’re committing suicide. This is horrible. I’ve gotten involved in Facebook. Right now if you were here face-to-face with me and I went to get some information that we needed for the show and there’s a message from somebody, next thing I know is I’m looking at lambs for sale in South Africa, not knowing how I got there. I’ve actually disappeared from the room into the internet world. And I know most of us can relate to what I’m saying here. It’s a bizarre sucking in of your whole being into this thing, and it’s like you said, it’s digital cocaine. Right. And it’s not just a metaphor, but it comes from brain scans, from fMRIs and SPECT scans. Basically, in a nutshell, when you compare the brain scans of people who are addicted to the literal drug cocaine and the digital cocaine, digital devices of any sort, the brain scans are nearly identical. The brain is simply receiving too much of this neurotransmitter called dopamine. It’s highly addictive at large quantities. When you play a video game, in a very short period of time you accumulate the same amount of dopaminergic response as a line of cocaine and then the brain scans look identical. Then all of the associated problems over time occur with addiction, particularly the symptoms of digital addiction. Let’s just say in a toddler, you raise them on a tablet so that you can have your sanity and everything is great until it comes time to take that tablet away. You get

this explosive anger. And, Rhett, it’s heartbreaking. I get a steady stream of emails over a year’s time from parents who have allowed their kids to play video games for years and years, and then it comes a point when it just seems like there’s no return. If they try to take it away, try to get them to go to school, try to get them to come to dinner, that explosive anger comes out. The teenagers have gotten larger physically and the parents can’t handle them anymore. And people don’t realize ... Noah, who is our young engineer and producer here, I’m sure he can attest to this. Did you know that the gaming world is actually viewed more than football, baseball, soccer, all the other sports put together, this gaming thing? There are young men and women that are winning millions of dollars every week by playing these games. It’s just an incredible addiction. NOAH WOODROW: E-sports. I don’t know how the whole thing works. Have you ever attended one of these events? NW: In person. Oh, where do you go to do that? NW: Well, the Majestic Theater was running a Smash Bros. Ultimate Circuit for a month. It was fun. What was the attendance? NW: The first one there were only ten of us. The second one it was probably closer to 45.

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BH: Rhett, there are stadiums in South Korea, and they even do it in America, but they hold tens of thousands. They’ll have the gamers in booths, and then they’ll have the jumbotrons, and all of these people come to watch them game in person. And that’s why in South Korea the problem is so bad they have 400 digital detox rehabilitation centers. These are detox centers dedicated to nothing but digital detox. I key-noted there at a conference. It’s heartbreaking to see what has happened. So they have won the war for digital supremacy, but the price they’re paying is incredible. And America’s a little bit behind on that, but we’re catching up and we’re in need of these detox centers as well. China has around 600, I think. It’s a horrible problem everywhere we go around the world. That’s the dark side of all of this and it’s not spoken of too much.


hina has 600 locations for people to come down digitally? Plus emergency boot camps. So it’s a quick detox, and they’re very cruel. There’s a documentary that I was on out of South Africa, and they had video clips from inside of some of these camps in conjunction with interviewing me. And it’s absolutely heartbreaking. And I’m writing a book now on digital detox, and what all goes on in the brain and what it takes to come down and how long it CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 February 2021 / ISSUE 121 / Vero’s Voice


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the dopamine starts to go up, regardless of what’s going on on that screen. So in a microcosm, before the pandemic, it was not working, and then all of a sudden COVID hits and now the whole world has moved online, both in a business setting and with the students, and those same statistics now grow globally and exponentially. So for example, in Philadelphia on a typical day only 61% of the students even login to

this day to spend all their time. So it’s not that they’re not online; they are. It’s what they’re paying attention to. And so those problems with the grades continuing to go down, it’s getting worse and worse, and that’s why, Rhett, you are seeing a massive push around the world to get kids back into a physical classroom under the supervision of someone who will discipline them, to hold their attention in one space at a time.


o what is the effect of COVID-19 on this “When the digital addiction? Well, one of my favorite memes to describe this schools is Forrest Gump sitting on the park bench, and the caption started to reads, “And just like that, everyone was homeschooling integrate the their kids.” So the build up to this, of e-learning, course, is in education where there’s quite a bit of money both in the that’s been thrown into online learning and incorporating classroom computers into the classroom for a number of years now. One and remote of the things that I suspect has kept me from getting speaking engagements is that I would learning, the very openly show the data that it simply is not working. grades were When the schools started to integrate the e-learning, both going down.” in the classroom and remote learning, the grades were going down. But by this time they had put so many billions of dollars into this digital infrastructure, it was hard to e-learning, and in Boston only 50% of the turn back. students were logging in and submitting So I would just talk about the grades, I assignments. However, all of those students would talk about what’s going on with their were online, because we know from YouTube, attention spans, and the ADHD that’s being we know from Facebook and Snapchat and all induced by the digital technology. And then these sites, their logins were going through the you would get replies back saying, “Well, no, absolute roof. So they’re online, but it just is a it’s education.” I’m like, “Well, you know, that matter of what they were paying attention to. sounds good, but then there’s this pesky little So in an education setting, those apps and thing called the truth.” so forth don’t seem to be nearly as addictive Everybody talks about “follow the science.” The science clearly shows the content is totally because they’re boring compared to video independent. It does not matter what is on that games or social media. So that’s where they screen in terms of content. Once the eyes lock, were spending their time, and still continue to

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e were invited to the opening of an exhibit at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg called Van Gogh Alive. We love the opportunity to get away for a day or two, we enjoy visiting St. Pete – and the Dalí – so we gladly accepted. I have to say we weren’t sure what to expect … even after reading the press release: “Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring. “The exhibition features more than 3,000 van Gogh images at enormous scale, viewed through high-definition projectors and synchronized to a powerful classical score. Cinema-quality surround-sound amplifies the emotion generated by the works themselves. In addition to the iconic works featured, visitors can examine van Gogh’s inspiration via photographs and video displayed alongside them.” Van Gogh’s paintings were enlarged, projected floor to ceiling on every surface in the gallery, even the floor. It was mesmerizing, watching the strikingly colorful masterpieces move across the walls in sync with the accompanying classical music. You’re immersed, surrounded by his art, and it truly felt like you’re a part of the painting. They also displayed van Gogh quotes throughout his short lifetime, and I was so impressed I featured a number of them on page 4. It was a totally one-of-a-kind sight and sound experience that we very much enjoyed – definitely worth the 3-hour drive. We came away with a new appreciation of the genius of Vincent van Gogh, his unique artistic style, and the price he paid. 10 February 2021 / ISSUE 121 / Vero’s Voice


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Van Gogh wrote over 800 letters during his lifetime, mostly to his brother Theo; it’s the most comprehensive source of information on his life. He was close friends with artist Paul Gauguin. Van Gogh was only a painter for the last decade of his life, starting at the age of 27. During these 10 years he created 2,100 artworks, many of which were created in the last two years of his life. His Portrait of Dr. Gachet which he painted in 1890 sold for $82.5 million in 1990. Vincent sold his first painting to a Paris art dealer, and his brother Theo sold another work to a London gallery. The Red Vineyard, painted in 1888, was purchased by the sister of Vincent’s friend. In the last two years of his life he gained recognition amongst the avant-garde and had his work displayed in Paris and Brussels.

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Van Gogh was troubled by mental illness for most of his life and spent time in psychiatric hospitals. Starry Night was done while staying in an asylum in France.


Besides mental issues, he suffered from epilepsy and hallucinations. While attending art school, he got in trouble with the instructor because of his unconventional painting style. Van Gogh painted over 30 selfportraits. Recently a grasshopper was found stuck in one of his paintings. The paint kept it preserved for 100 years.


Because his name was constantly misspelled, he signed his paintings “Vincent” instead. He only signed the paintings he thought were done. Vincent used the money he received from his brother on painting materials and models which caused him to live in poverty. In 1888, he rented a house in the south of France where he hoped to found an artists’ colony and be less of a burden to his brother. During an epileptic seizure Van Gogh made a move to attack Paul Gauguin with a razor and ended up cutting off a piece of his own ear. He allegedly wrapped the partially severed ear in paper and delivered it to a woman at a brothel which both he and Gaugin used to frequent. On July 27, 1890, van Gogh shot himself in the chest and died two days later as a result of infection. According to his brother Theo, his last words were “...the sadness will last forever.” The relationship between Vincent and his brother Theo was so strong, he became severely depressed after Vincent died and passed away six months later.  After his death, Theo’s widow Jo sold some of Vincent’s works, loaned others out for exhibitions, and published the many letters to Theo. Van Gogh’s life story is one of the reasons his work gradually took the world by storm.

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merica mourns the loss of one of the greatest baseball managers ever, especially those of us in Vero Beach who have fond memories of Dodgers spring training. Every March we looked forward to seeing a new batch of baseball hopefuls and the regular players we cheered, led by manager Tommy Lasorda, from a chair on the third baseline near home. What fun it was to watch! Tommy was the supreme motivator. He was a walking positive-thinking guru. A true champion in life that forged many a young uncultivated talent into world-class sports stars. Remember Orel Hershiser, the Cy Young Award winning pitcher? After getting pounded on the mound early in his career, Tommy gave Orel a verbal thrashing his teammates called “the sermon on the mound.” How did Tommy change his life? He gave him the nickname Bulldog to give him the confidence he needed. It worked! Remember Hall of Famer Mike Piazza? He struggled at first base, but Tommy believed in him and helped him find his niche

as catcher and power hitter, and he went on to become a huge star. The very first time I interviewed Tommy Lasorda was at the end of a practice game in the middle of the field. He said, “If you don’t love what you do, get out. You’re hurting yourself and others if you don’t have passion for what you do.” He was my first superstar interview in my career as a talk host. Security led me down to the stands below the press box. Tommy was bookended by two security officers. “Sit down,” he said. I started my interview and he answered my questions about philosophy and life in between barking out orders to his pitchers in training. He was more focused on coaching his future stars than he was me and my little mic and tape recorder, my interview no doubt perceived as a public relations obligation. At the end I thanked him profusely and said some things with the utmost sincerity. I remember he turned to really look me in the eye for the first time in those 45 minutes. I walked back up to the press box. Big shot reporters for national broadcasts, newspapers and magazines shook my

hand saying, “Wow, nobody gets an hour with Tommy!” I didn’t know any better. Then suddenly he yells out, “Rhett Palmer, get down here!” The reporters turned in their chairs back to their computers. Oh no, I thought, something must be wrong. I walked back to Tommy in the stadium seats. “Sit down!” he barked. “Is something the matter, sir?” “Give me that tape.” I said, “It’s the only one I have.” He gave me the order to rewind it; he wanted to redo the entire 45-minute interview! The first time he had given me a perfunctory interview, but I must have said something that pricked his heart, hence the way he looked at me right before I left. He realized he could have done better for me and so he redid the entire interview. As an unseasoned interviewer, I didn’t deserve the time he took with me. Could Tommy be abrasive? Damn straight. He called things as he saw them. Over the years he frequented my radio show and my local TV show. He took me to lunch with Elden Auker, a World Series pitching champion who later became my friend. Every year Tommy and the LA Dodgers brought the national spotlight on our little seaside village and showered us with recognition and dignity. Dreams of future champs filled the air with the fresh-cut baseball field grass. Thank you, Tommy, for honoring a small-town nobody. We will love you forever.

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by Doolin Dalton

If your life had a “GAG REEL” what event would it play?

Last summer we were having a water balloon war with the kids. Well, we got a little too competitive and I hit Al in the face with one. He returned the favor, and we had to stop the kids from following our bad example!

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One time I saw my cousin walking into church and I wanted to surprise him by jumping in front of him while yelling his name. So I snuck up on him, jumped out and yelled at him. Totally scared the heck out of him! Turns out it wasn’t my cousin at all, and for years I was embarrassed about that. I can finally laugh about it now, but I probably scarred that poor kid for life.

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My wife and I are high school sweethearts. When we were teenagers, we decided to go out to a movie on a date and I was excited to pay, but when I got to the bank to cash my paycheck, I realized that I had forgotten it at work. We had to drive all the way across town to my work to get it and it wasn’t there—it was actually back at home, so I had to trek back across town to my house. We ended up missing the movie, but we still had a great time. Seventeen years later she still teases me sometimes on dates as to whether I will pay or if I forgot my check.

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I was riding a horse in a barrel race and before it even began, I ‘mis-saddled’ and fell off the horse in front of everyone. My dad was in the audience yelling, “GET UP! The time’s running!

This one time I went to pump gas at a gas station on US1. I was wearing a really nice dress at the time. The wind caught it and my dress went up in front of everyone!

I was heading to Orlando with friends for my birthday. I secured us a room at the Hilton Grand Vacations in Sea World. We get all the way there ... only for me to realize I don’t have my wallet.

The biggest goof I ever made was when I considered buying stock in Zoom and then didn’t do it! Still kicking myself.

I was so happy that I finally filled my new above-ground pool. My teenage son mooned one of the acrylic portholes and it cracked, flooding my neighbor’s home.

I made a peach cobbler once and it was delicious. I tried it a second time and it came out more like peach dumplings and I had no idea why. I was like, ‘What the whaaaaat?’

So this was many years ago when I was still in college and single, but I was introduced to this really tall handsome guy. He smiled and said, “Hey, I’m Kris with a K and this is my buddy Brett.” I looked him in the eye and said, “Hey, I’m Brittany with a B.” Then, a long awkward silence because how else would you spell Brittany??

My boyfriend and I like catch-and-release fishing together. This one time we were fishing on a pier and I hooked something really big! I started reeling it in, but whatever it was, it was huge! I kept pulling and pulling and we finally figured out that I was actually hooked on the line of another fisherman that was on the other end of the pier.

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I lit a baby on fire ... Okay, not a real baby; one of those sock babies. I think that’s what you call them? You’re supposed to heat them in the microwave. I was about eleven or twelve and was warming it for my mom’s foot. She had just had foot surgery. But I forgot about it in the microwave and left it there too long and it caught on fire! The house smelled like smoke for days!

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ne of the most historic cities in the country is right here in Florida just a few hours north of Vero Beach, and often overlooked for the English historical cities of Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. I’m speaking, of course, of St. Augustine: the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the USA founded by the Spanish in 1565. Our country and state’s fabric is weaved with Spanish history, and what better place to take a drive for a long weekend than to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. The best time to go is shoulder season, March through May. Not only for the great weather, but also for good pricing without having to endure the heat of the summer (since you’ll be doing a lot outside in this old city). I first visited on a drive from New York to Miami when I was nine years old. My boyhood memories remembered mostly kitsch like Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Potter’s Wax Museum (America’s oldest), and the spectacular fort Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, but visiting as an adult I can appreciate there is so much more: great boutiques, restaurants, live music venues and art galleries. Regarding art, you’ll want to visit the Lightner Museum for their eclectic collection and also visit the shops along St. George Street. Of course there is an Old Town Trolley Tour or the Red Train Tour (which many people prefer over the trolley) to hop on and off if you don’t want to walk, with over 20 stops each and an informative guide. But I like to explore by foot. There are some fantastic places to stay, and since it is for a nice long weekend, I recommend two different, but very nice upscale hotels. While many love to stay at the historic Casa Monica Resort & Spa which has been greeting people since 1888 in the style of many historic Florida hotels of the era, I prefer the more intimate The Collector – Luxury Inn

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and Gardens. The Collector is an adult-only upscale inn surrounding a courtyard which is easily walkable to all that the old city has to offer. Both have strict health and safety protocols which will put your mind at ease as you relax in your room, their public spaces, or restaurants. peaking of restaurants, while I don’t think of St. Augustine as a “foodie” city, you won’t want to miss some the top restaurants for seafood. Be sure to make reservations for some of the most popular, because there may be limited seating due to Covid. Preserved is a lovely restaurant with a James Beard award-winning chef for an upscale night out; Catch 27 is St. Augustine’s best-known seafood restaurant and it lives up to its reputation; and for a no-frills treat for your stomach, you’ll want to head to Anastasia Island and get some spicy Minorcan chowder and plump fried shrimp at O’Steen’s Restaurant, but be prepared to wait a little while to be seated and note that it is cash only. And, while there are many places for a cocktail in the city, for a bit of history surrounding you with classic style, go no further than your hotel. There is The Well at The Collector which is one of my favorites for a nightcap, even if I am not staying there. It is housed in an historic structure and artfully outfitted with styling evocative of St. Augustine’s rich history and culture. St. Augustine may only be a short drive away, but if you haven’t been in a while or haven’t been at all, be sure to take advantage of this historic and charming town right in our backyard. You’ll step back in time and be glad you did.


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ike a deer in headlights, I could not look away. I know that I shouldn’t like this show at my age. It’s vulgar, nasty, ultraviolent, everything I should find appalling and shocking, yet I couldn’t stop watching. Like Cobra Kai, Wayne is a product of YouTube that was picked up by one of the major streamers, and garnered more viewers than some of the big studio productions. What is Wayne about? Well, it’s just this simple: Wayne, a 16-year-old Dirty Harry with a heart of gold, sets out on a small two-stroke road bike from Boston to Florida with his new friend Del to get back the hot ‘79 Trans-Am that was stolen from his father before he died. Wayne is like a mixture of John Wick, Kick Ass, and Deadpool if that does anything for you. It’s just plain fun. Everything from the numb, out-of-touch violent, 16-year-old Wayne, to two simple twin brothers who are like watching a continuous Laurel and Hardy sketch, to some insanely over-the-top ‘bad guys’ with a golden grill and a pet alligator. Everything about it is just all-out chaos, with the occasional poignant heartfelt moments sprinkled in, some great music used throughout, and quite frankly one of the best performances I’ve seen from Dean Winters who I thought really shined throughout. The show is vulgar, sometimes hilarious, nihilistic, has some real punch-in-the-gut moments, and overall fun to watch. If you’re looking for a Breaking Bad, or The Wire, or a Stranger Things, you won’t find it here. But if you’re looking for a violent, over-the-top lowbrow show to binge over an evening or two, this will most certainly do.

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couple of months ago I wrote an article about some apps you can install to help you create your own digital detox. I had written it because my eye doctor, one of Here I am at Grandfather Mountain in the incomparable docs at Center North Carolina. for Advanced Eye Care, had talked to me about my dry eyes and how screens of all kinds can increase dry eyes. Well, the first week of June I went to the mountains of North Carolina to spend my birthday with friends. When I got there I discovered my cell phone indicator on my iPhone 7 basically stayed in No Service except in the bathroom of the guest room or one spot on their deck. And then I only had one bar. Internet was present but very slow and TV was not a priority up there. We talked and sat out back watching the sunset over the glorious mountains. I then went to a second friend’s house and the situation was even worse. After the first couple of days of randomly checking my phone – well, really incessantly checking my phone – I just gave up. That was when I began to notice some amazing things begin to happen. I was falling asleep sooner and sleeping better. I woke up more refreshed, and after a couple of days I realized I felt like I had been away on vacation for much longer than a couple of days. By the end of the week I began to have internet, cell phone and TV again and I was having a harder time falling asleep, I was waking up less refreshed, wanted to eat more junk food to give myself energy and focus, and I was feeling more anxious and energetically “jangled.” Not really sure that’s a word but it accurately describes how I was feeling. It was like I was on edge and could not do without checking email, text and phone to see if I was missing anything.

Was I really missing anything important? Not really, when I look back on it. They call it FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out. Each time I went to check, though, what I really was missing out on was the beauty of the place I was in and the people I was with. Were a couple of the calls and texts and emails important and critical? Emails, not so much. Couple of calls, yes, but they called, so I was able to get the information I needed and get them the information they needed. The emails, if I had set an auto-responder saying I was off grid or out of office, they would all have been fine waiting until my return. They did not know I was away, so their expectations were not set for a response time to their emails. So, what are my big takeaways from my time in the North Carolina mountains? • The mountains are a magical place and have an energy about them that soothes my soul. • Cell phone and internet WiFi produce a great deal of EMF radiation, and being in the mountains made me realize just how much my body is affected by EMF. • I need to take planned time away in a place where devices are not useable on a regular basis to recharge myself and create habits of non-tech use that I can emulate anywhere I am. I think I’m going to set my Do Not Disturb on my cell phone to for no later than 10pm to prevent notifications of calls or texts, and not use my TV in my bedroom for a few weeks at home to see if I can recreate the peace I felt in the mountains. I also will spend more time outdoors in my backyard or some of our beautiful parks and preserves and beaches to connect with nature. Stay tuned in a few months to see how my attempts at self digital detox go!

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s there a reason that Creation gave us two ears and only one mouth? Clearly, there is a message in this design detail. Maybe to grow to our highest good, we must listen twice as much as we speak. But how do we listen? To learn to listen, we must learn to get quiet. This is no easy job. Quieting the mouth is one thing . . . but quieting the mind is quite another. As novice listeners, let’s watch our caffeine and sugar intake. Many find that these two chemicals can alter our ability to be still mentally. But there’s more to this conscious effort. Sometimes, the smallest discipline can display a degree of ready willingness to engage success. Let’s breathe deeply before our first attempt to listen. Removing distractions will help us, even if that means we must close our eyes while the other person talks at first. When our minds wander, we’ll focus on our breathing and start again. Listening must be learned, especially because most of us are self-centered by nature. We must learn how to value the issues of others so we can give them rapt attention.

Let’s make the distinction between “hearing” and “listening.” Hearing is a function of our physiology. If we are not hearing impaired, our bodies are rigged to perceive sounds. Listening, however, is a function of choice. When we decide to listen, our brain engages in a different way. No longer a purely biological task, listening demands that we involve the creative portion of our minds so that we can understand what is being said. When we involve our minds in the function, learning and empathy will follow. The wondrous things other people can teach us are amazing. From rock gardeners to rocket scientists – every person on the planet has something to teach . . . and something to learn . . . from others. As we listen to learn, our minds will open and expand, and we will live to know our purpose and our place. Can there be any greater wish for everyone walking the Earth? ay we know our purpose and our place and may both be confirmed palpably through the words and ideas of others sharing our path.


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Pastor Alex Pappas

“Let’s look at the challenge ahead of us, not as something to fear, but as an opportunity.” by Pastor Alex Pappas


ou may be asking yourself, “What will happen to our country now?” The election is over, and you may be concerned about what your future looks like and worried about what lies ahead. Well, let me encourage you today. You do not have to fear. It is not an option, because the Bible tells us:

Now, to many this might be the place they stop and get complacent feeling that this is all the Christian life is about. In my opinion, this should only be the beginning of living a fearless life. It is great to be comfortable believing in God’s word and not to fear, but this by no means implies that we are called to be passive. God called us to be overcomers in this 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) world. Let’s look at the challenge ahead 7 of us, not as something to fear, but as For God has not given us a spirit an opportunity. In the early church, the of fear, but of power and of love Christians never had an easy time. They and of a sound mind. had opposition from every angle, and even That means that as a follower of Christ, through all the adversity, they overcame and they took ground for the kingdom of fear is not your portion, even amidst the God in unthinkable ways. It is incredible to political uncertainty we are facing. I have think that they did all of this in the midst realized that right now fear is one of the things that people are struggling with most. of terrible persecution and oppressive government. One of the greatest keys to a successful e have an opportunity to make Christian life is not submitting to your a decision. What will we do as feelings, but rather walking by faith. Faith in Christians? Will we whine and what God says through His word. complain? Will we whine and say, “God You see, God’s word is timeless. If He has left us and we are finished,” or will said He will never leave you, nor forsake you, you can rest assured He will keep His we say, “Okay, things are not the way we word. God is not a man that He should lie. thought they would be, but we are ready to focus on what really is important. God, You If in the word of God it says that though you walk through the valley of the shadow are in control and we are excited at the opportunity to let your light shine.” of death, Your rod and staff will comfort As Christians, we are a resilient me, you can believe that He will be there people and we are called to take ground in times of trouble to comfort you and to for the Kingdom of God, no matter what give you peace. God’s word will give you environment we are in. Let your light shine! strength throughout all the pressure.


Pastor Alex Pappas is Senior Pastor at Oceans Unite Christian Center located in the Indian River Mall. Live broadcasts and podcasts are available at oceansunite.com. Tune in Fridays 11 AM to hear The Supernatural Today on www.verosvoice.com.

A familiar verse is John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” • God so loves His world. And He proved it over 2,000 years ago by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. • If you believe in Him you will not perish, but have eternal life. • Receive His love today. • God is love (1 John 4:16). • We are to walk in love, as Christ also has loved us (Ephesians 5:2). • God showed His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

• Our sins are forgiven through the blood of Jesus on the cross. Thank Him for His love and receive His forgiveness. Blessings, Pastor Rich Ienuso

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