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For this Military Mom, Service is a Family Affair Voices of Vero: What is your all-time favorite meal? Voices of Vero: What are you grateful for? Movie Review: Dog Let’s Talk Turkey & Wine Recipes: Heartwarming Fall Cookery, New England Style Encouraging Words: Unearned Favor Rhett remembers Reverend Bill Kearney
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“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – ELMER DAVIS, WWII DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF WAR
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” – RONALD REAGAN
“Without heroes we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” – BERNARD MALAMUD, AUTHOR
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a “Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as REV. BILLY GRAHAM your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you “The willingness with which our young people even unto death!” are likely to serve in any war, no matter how – SUN TZU, ANCIENT CHINESE GENERAL justified, shall be directly proportional to how “Never give in – never, never, never, never; in they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars nothing great or small, large or petty, never were treated and appreciated by their nation.” give in except to convictions of honor and good – GEORGE WASHINGTON
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – JOHN F. KENNEDY
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G.K. CHESTERTON, ENGLISH AUTHOR AND POET
sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – WINSTON CHURCHILL
“For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful that such men and women were among us. For those who continue to serve, we honor their commitment. For those who return to civilian life, we honor their service.” – STEVE BUYER, FORMER US REPRESENTATIVE
“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
“All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can’t do anything about it... Then you understand the horror of war.”
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For This Military Mom, Service is a
Family Affair By Pam Proctor
Photos provided by the Buehrig Family
ane Buehrig understands the meaning of service to God and country. Her family history is rooted in the solid Midwestern values of her Oklahoma forebears and in the deep loyalties and traditions of the U.S. military. Her mother’s father, Herman Long, served in the European theatre in World War I. Returning home to Edmond, Oklahoma, he taught in a one-room schoolhouse and raised vegetables and dairy cattle on his small farm. But when World War II broke out, the family prospects took a romantic turn worthy of a 1930’s movie. Jane’s mom, Margaret, then 20, had fallen madly in love with a soldier she had met, and when he left for the war, they kept up an ardent correspondence. Not one to sit by the home fires, Margaret heard that the Department of the Navy needed secretaries, and so together with some friends, she packed her bags and headed for Washington, D.C. to do her part for the war effort. As the war wound to a close, however, Margaret got bad news: she received a “Dear Joan” letter from her beau, informing her that was engaged to his former girlfriend. “My mom was crushed,” said Jane. But then a piece of promising news appeared. One of Margaret’s friends had just written a “Dear John” letter to her boyfriend, John Warren, an Army Air Corps soldier serving in New Guinea. “I ditched him,” the friend told Margaret. “You write to him instead.”
Herman Long (center), Jane’s maternal grandfather, a World War I veteran
Baby Jane and Parents, 1951
Jane’s dad, Randolph Field, TX, AAF
John J. Warren (left), Jane’s father, World War II, Pacific, New Guinea, Army Air Corps, later commissioned US Air Force, Retired Military, Lt Col.
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2ndLT James Buehrig F-84F, 1952
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L James C. Buehrig, World War II, Pacific, US Navy Liberty Ship, Pacific Ocean Islands, Yangtze River, China. He went into Mainland Japan ports, to Nagasaki after the bomb, and was released after the war. He attended college at Texas A&M for a short period, then TCU, but did not finish. US Air Force looking for pilots, jet age, for the 366th Fighter Squadron, F-84F and F-86F pilot, and other aircraft. Got out and stayed in the Reserves, was a test pilot for Convair, Ft Worth TX. He returned to active duty. Retired military, Maj. Christopher J. Buehrig attended the University of Florida 2-year ROTC program, Nuclear Engineering. Commissioned US Navy and served in the Pacific Fleet. He left the Navy and maintained Naval Reserve. Retired Military in February 2000, CDR. Civilian Commercial Nuclear Power career with Westinghouse, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Florida Power & Light (NextEra). Retired January 1, 2019.
etters from Margaret and John flew back and forth across the Pacific, and when the war ended, Margaret returned to Oklahoma, where John Warren showed up to meet her for the first time. They married in 1946. As a post-war bride, Margaret wore her cousin’s wedding dress to save money. For John, who had grown up poor in a small Oklahoma mining town, the military opened doors for him to finish his college degree and become a career officer. He retired as lieutenant colonel in the Air Force after 28 years of service. As for their daughter, Jane, she grew up around the world, following her dad and mom to Air Force posts across the U.S. as well as in England and France. Her older brother, John, later joined the Army and retired as a colonel. With those beginnings, it seemed almost inevitable that Jane would marry a military man. At age fourteen, she met her future husband, Chris Buehrig, at Eglin Air Force Base, where their fathers were stationed. Chris’s dad, James Buehrig, hailed from a Texas farming family, ran a restaurant in Fort Worth, and enlisted in the Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific theatre. After the war, he heeded a call for pilots, joined the Air Force, and flew F-86 Sabrejets. He retired as a major after 26 years and now lives in Arlington, Texas.
Chris and Jane Buehrig, 1980
Ltjg Chris Buehrig (right) 1980, USS Coral Sea
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Matthew S. Buehrig, (right) attended the University of North Florida. He entered the OCS program for US Navy Supply Corps, Commissioned, and was assigned to the carrier USS Enterprise; 2 deployments and remained aboard for decommissioning. He was transferred to the US Naval Reserves for a few years and left the service, rank LT. Dad's 366th Fighter Reunion.F-86F, New Orleans August 2022
Timothy J. Buehrig (far right), attended the University of Florida. He entered OCS program for US Naval Aviator Officer, Commissioned, and assigned to San Diego, HSM-35 “Magicians.” Multiple deployments in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. He was also stationed in Mayport, FL, and is currently stationed at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, 2ND Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company.
Michael J. Buehrig attended the University of North Florida. He enlisted into the US Air Force Special Ops, nonstop training. Deployment includes 9 different countries in North Africa, 3 tours in Afghanistan, Bagram Airfield, and FOB (Forward Operating Base), North Sumatra, Indonesia. Currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron. Rank, TSgt (Technical Sergeant).
ENS Matthew Buehrig, Navy Supply Corps
Ltjg Tim Buehrig
Michael Buehrig Special OPS
ane and Chris met up again at the University of Florida, where Chris was in Navy ROTC. They married in June 1979, soon after his commissioning as an ensign. During the first year of their marriage, they were together a total of 56 days, as Chris was deployed to the Pacific on the USS Coral Sea. After four years on active duty, he joined the Navy Reserves and retired as a commander after 23 years. His brother, Mark, spent six years in the Navy as a submariner on the USS James K. Polk. The rest, as they say, is history. Of Jane and Chris’s four sons, three joined the military: Matthew, 40, was a Navy supply officer on the USS Enterprise during two tours in the Persian Gulf, at a time of high tension with Iran;
Chris and Jane Buehrig with Michael at Special Tactics graduation
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Chris’s dad’s 366th Fighter Group Reunion, F-86F, New Orleans August 2022
ichael, 37, is a technical sergeant with Air Force’s Special Ops. He served three tours in Afghanistan, along with stints in Niger and Indonesia. He’s now stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington State; Tim, 35, is a Navy pilot who flew Navy SH60 “Romeo” Seahawk helicopters off the USS Roosevelt and other destroyer-class ships in the Indian Ocean. A lieutenant, he’s now with the U.S. Marines to call in gunfire and airstrikes. John, 33, is a civil engineer in Jacksonville. What goes through Jane’s mind every night, as a military mom with three sons facing danger at any moment? “I’ve never really worried much, because of how well-trained they are,” says Jane. “I know they’re doing what they want to do to serve their country. For them, it’s about duty, honor, and country.” What especially keeps her grounded, she says, is her faith. As a member of the Military Moms Prayer Group, she meets regularly with the weekly group to pray for her sons and others. Psalm 91, the “soldier’s prayer,” is the Military Moms’ byword, she says.
“I’ve always felt secure about where they are and what are were doing, because I have a real trust that God is watching over them and will get them through whatever they may be facing,” says Jane. She also helps send packages to the troops through the Military Moms’ annual Holidays for Heroes drive, which is now in full swing. Ultimately, says Jane, she derives a sense of peace from the excerpt of a Bible verse inscribed on the Honor Wall of the Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Air Field: “Whom Shall I Send? Send Me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
Jane’s mom, Margaret, age 99
Honor Wall of the Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field at Eglin AF Base.
Pam Proctor is a former senior editor of Parade magazine and the author of ten nonfiction books, including the memoir of a Vietnamese refugee who evacuated on the last helicopter out of Saigon as Vietnam was falling. The wife of a U.S. Marine Corps JAG officer in Vietnam and the mother of a U.S. Marine, she’s treasurer and former president of the Military Moms Prayer Group.
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ALL VENUES IN VERO BEACH UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. American Icon Brewery, 1133 19th Place Barefoot Café, 2036 14th Ave. Barker Air Conditioning & Heating, 1936 Commerce Ave. Barker Air Conditioning & Heating, 825 U.S. 1, Sebastian BigShots Golf, 3456 U.S. 1 Busy Bee Lawn & Garden Center, 7445 U.S. 1, Winter Beach Charlotte Terry Real Estate Group, 2911 Ocean Drive Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, 3755, A1A Christ Church Vero Beach, 667 20th Street (corner 6th Ave.) Cravings, 3149 Ocean Drive CW Willis Family Farms, 3700 9th St. SW elle 7 twenty salon + spa, 2083 Indian River Blvd. (behind Panera) Eye Clinic of Vero & Optical Boutique, 634 21st St. (Miracle Mile) Nail Art, 1355 U.S. 1 (near Five Guys) PackMart, U.S. 1, Sebastian Pak Mail Beachside, 505 Beachland Blvd. Pareidolia Brewing Co., 712 Cleveland St., Sebastian Perfect Way Pavers, 470 4th Lane SW, #101 Postal Connections, 1275 U.S. 1, 12th St. Plaza (behind Carrabba’s) Sailfish Brewing Company, 2855 Ocean Drive Sebastian Municipal Golf Course, 100 Brush Foot Drive, Sebastian St. Lucie Battery & Tire, 10435 U.S. 1, Sebastian Studio 14/Zumba Works, 1962 14th Avenue Sturgis Lumber, 4645 U.S. 1, Gifford Surface Design Studio, 3960 U.S. 1 The UPS Store, Treasure Coast Plaza (Miracle Mile) Vero Fitness, 1060 Sixth Avenue Vero Strength & Conditioning, 760 8th Court, Ste. #4 Victory Center Military Store, Indian River Mall (near JC Penney) Vittorio’s Pizza, 2980 Oslo Road Vittorio’s Pizza, 9615 U.S. 1, Sebastian
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VETERANS DAY Friday, November 11, 2022
“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who gave us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” – FATHER DENNIS EDWARD O’BRIEN, USMC
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TO ALL WHO SERVED Vero Beach will observe Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th, at 9:00 am at Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary.
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VOICES OF VERO
by Steve Glaser
With the holidays approaching, many of us are looking forward to a wonderful traditional holiday dinner shared with family and good friends – a delicious meal of roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and homemade pumpkin pie.
What is your all-time favorite meal?
That’s a tough question! I love surf and turf, the clam bake at the Irish Club, and our traditional Sunday meal, spaghetti with meatballs.
I have three favorites…. Italian linguini and clam sauce, Spanish mofongo and Peruvian ceviche.
My favorite is Chicken Adobo, a Spanish dish with great spices and flavor.
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I love Chinese food! I have many fond memories of eating in Chinatown in New York.
My favorite meal is any meal shared with good company. But if we are talking food, anything that includes bread, cheese and wine. That’s my favorite!
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I love Coquilles Saint-Jacques, My favorite is Chicken Messina a classic French preparation of prepared by the Italian Grill. This is a scallops in a creamy sauce under a delicious meal prepared with chicken crust of bread crumbs and cheese. and orzo, mixed with a sweet and savory balance of balsamic vinegar, Bobbi Meadors, capers, feta and pear. LOCAL ENTERTAINER
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I love a prosciutto sandwich! Anything Italian is my favorite.
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VOICES OF VERO
by Steve Glaser
Thanksgiving is a time to express I am grateful for my parents being alive and being able to live with them in the same community after a lifetime of being a world apart. I am extremely grateful for my wife, a gift of life that I certainly do not deserve. Also, I am grateful for the life I have had, the places I have been, and the people I have met. So many wonderful friends that remain through time and distance. They all hold a very special place in my heart!
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I’m thankful for the foster care system. As a foster parent, I hear the beautiful redemption stories and see first-hand children rescued from concerning situations and given hope!
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I am grateful to wake up in the morning, open my eyes, and experience life’s many opportunities.
I am grateful for my family and supportive friends that make doing anything possible!
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I am grateful for my family and friends. I’m also very grateful for my job as a mortgage loan oiginator. It’s very rewarding helping so many families obtain their dream home.
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I am grateful for the fact that no matter how many times we screw up, we have a God that loves us … always!
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Joy and Gratitude. What are you grateful for? I’m grateful for my family, my health, and so many wonderful friends.
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I am very grateful for my wonderful wife and three children.
I am grateful for my life in general. I am especially grateful for all the people in Florida that have helped me and accepted me into our thriving community.
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I am very thankful to have a family that loves and supports me and a fulfilling career that contributes to the happiness of others.
I’m grateful for good health, my wonderful wife, and my amazing team that keeps me going!
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REVIEWS Dog Rated PG13 Amazon Prime, Apple TV, EPIX, DVD
by Penny Cooke
n honor of Veteran’s Day this month, I present to you the movie, Dog. Even if you’re not a dog lover (not many of us aren’t), you’ll appreciate the military veteran theme of this movie. Channing Tatum plays the lead roll of Jackson Briggs, a U.S. Army Ranger suffering from PTSD and a brain injury. Tatum is also one of the directors and producers of the film which released in theaters in February 2022 after several delays due to the pandemic. It is now available on DVD and for streaming. Briggs applies for a position in Pakistan, but is regarded as unfit for service because of his brain injury. However, he is called on for a special assignment: to escort his former partner’s military dog, Lulu (played by three different dogs named above), to said friend and handler’s funeral, as per the family’s request. He is to transport the Belgian Malinois, who also has PTSD resulting in a history of aggressive behavior, 1,500 miles from Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington to the funeral in Arizona. Once he fulfills the assignment, he is to bring Lulu to White Sands Military Range in New Mexico to be euthanized. And so the road trip begins—or you might say, “fiasco.” You can imagine what that trip might look like for an Army
Ranger with PTSD and a vicious attack dog. From the strange people they meet along the way, to his Bronco breaking down, to being robbed, the film is not lacking in adventures. In one of them, Briggs poses as a blind veteran and uses Lulu as a seeing-eye dog in order to secure a free hotel room. But Briggs ends up in jail for a hate crime when Lulu attacks a Middle Eastern man in the hotel lobby. The mishaps continue one after another. Through it all, will Briggs ever be able to calm Lulu down? Better yet, can Lulu calm Briggs down? Even with the humor of it all, there is a seriousness to the film. After all, PTSD is no laughing matter, and this film is not making light of it in any way. It is a heartwarming
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story for which you may need your box of tissues. I love a story that makes you laugh and cry, don’t you? Tatum, Carolin, and Rodriguez previously worked together on the HBO documentary War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend (2017). Furthermore, Tatum and Carolin both experienced the loss of their beloved fur babies due to cancer at the same time. They are fitting collaborators for this film. However, it was Tatum who was inspired to make the movie by the last road trip he took with his own dog, Lulu, a pit bull mix. The film was truly therapeutic for him and is dedicated to her memory. While I wouldn’t give this film an R rating, some of the content might be a bit inappropriate for the PG-13 rating. Still, I would recommend it with a solid four and a half stars for the acting and directing of the film, as well as its content and entertainment value. Oh…and the superb acting of the dogs! So, does Briggs make it to the funeral in time? And what about Lulu’s fate? You’ll just have to see the film to find out. And let’s not forget to thank a veteran this month, and remember how they risk and give their lives to provide and maintain freedom for all of us. Thank you, veterans! God bless America!
Penny Cooke is an award-winning writer and author of Pursuing Prayer – Being Effective in a Busy World. Penny cohosts the podcast, Seeds of Hope, with Del Bates right here on Vero’s Voice. Learn more at pennycookeauthor.com.
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Let’s Talk Turkey… and Wine by Glenn Sudnick, SOMMELIER Glenn@TheSudnickWInePress.com
hanksgiving is arriving soon and many of my conversations at this time of year are answering questions about what wine is best for the Holiday Turkey. If you ask me about food and wine pairings, I inevitably respond, “What kind of preparation are you planning for the meal?” I take into consideration what herbs, spices and fruits are incorporated into the dish. Before I get started with some of my suggestions, it’s always important to remember that YOU are the final judge of the wine chosen. I’ve learned through the years there are certain guidelines for food and wine pairings, but if you love a certain Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon with any meal being offered for the evening, then that is the wine for you. Now, let’s get into the Turkey and Potatoes of some of my pairings for your holiday dish. My mother puts garlic in everything. I remember one dinner she made where garlic was in every dish at the table. We had vanilla ice cream for dessert, and when I asked for seconds, I requested some more of that garlic ice cream. Could that be how garlic ice cream got invented?? If you’re like my mom, garlic with the turkey is an essential part of the recipe. With the classic herb recipe of thyme, garlic and rosemary, I recommend a jammy wine such as an Argentina Malbec or California Zinfandel with fruit flavors of plum, black cherry and characters of smoke with white pepper.
The complex great red Bordeaux wines of France made from blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec are an excellent choice for recipes that use sage, cinnamon, and northern fruits with apples, pears and a brown sugar glaze. Some of us will be deep frying or smoking the turkey on the grill. For this choice I might suggest a Chardonnay from the coolest vineyards of the central coast in California with aromas of jasmine, lychee, and flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe pear, and crisp green apple. For those who have vegetables like turnips, beets, parsnips, fingerling and sweet potatoes with their turkey, I recommend one of our fabulous choices of Napa California’s Cabernet Sauvignon. The luscious black cherry, blackberry fruit with licorice and vanilla on the palate make for an excellent pairing. or the last course, the love of my life has promised me a very special dessert this year. I think it has to do with pumpkin. Well, I might need to serve one of my favorite black Muscat wines. This wine has a bouquet of red roses with exciting flavors of Bosc pear and grape. I recall the first time I experienced this wine; I felt like I was in the middle of a rose garden. OOPS, that reminds me…I’ve got to go to the florist to get flowers for our table! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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by Barbara Freund
heartwarming fall cookery New England Style
e stopped by to see our New Hampshire friends, Abby and Gary Ostler, on our drive home from Vermont. It was a cool evening (cold, by Floridian standards) and she served bowls of this steaming tortellini soup with garlic bread. After dinner we sat bundled up outside by a roaring fire enjoying hot apple cider and Abby’s delicious apple pie. It was a perfect New England autumn experience!
SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/4 pounds spicy Italian sausage 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 1/2 tablespoon dried basil 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 4 cups chicken stock 1 pound frozen tortellini 10 ounces fresh spinach, chopped, or 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained * Salt & Pepper to taste Parmesan cheese INSTRUCTIONS • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the carrots and garlic and cook until the carrots start to soften, 5-7 minutes. • Add the sausage and break up into bite-size pieces. Cook until no longer pink. • Stir in the pepper flakes, basil and oregano, then add tomatoes and 4 cups chicken stock. • Heat to a boil, then add the tortellini and cook according to package directions. • If using spinach, add to the pot just before tortellini is tender. • Serve with parmesan cheese and enjoy! * Abby didn't use spinach, but our friend Beverly Oster, Abby’s motherin-law, adds spinach to her soup which is a nice addition. Abby kept the pot simmering until we arrived and much of the liquid absorbed into the tortellini so it was a heartier dish of tortellini with less broth – yum!
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ABBY’S APPLE STREUSEL PIE
Less intimidating to make than the traditional double-crust version, this apple pie gets topped with a crumbly, crunchy topping that settles nicely into the soft bubbly filling. Reducing the apples’ cooking juices helps concentrate their flavor into a caramel-like toffee, which makes the pie that much more potent and sweet. INGREDIENTS Dough: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting) 4 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 14 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons cold water Filling: 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 pounds baking apples – like Cortland, Jonagold, Winesap, Granny Smith 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg Streusel Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sliced almonds INSTRUCTIONS • Make the dough. Pulse the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor until combined. • Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles yellow cornmeal mixed with pea-sized bits of butter. • Add the egg mixture and pulse until the dough just comes together. (If the dough is very dry, add up to 1 extra tablespoon cold water.) • Remove the dough, gently pat it into a round, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
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• For the filling. Meanwhile, put the lemon juice in a medium bowl. Peel and core the apples; cut each in half, and cut each half into 4 wedges. Add the apples and brown sugar to the bowl with the lemon juice, and toss. • Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the sugared apples and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer, about 2 minutes. • Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the apples soften and release most of their juices, about 7 minutes. • Strain the apples in a colander set over a medium bowl to catch all the juices. Shake the colander to extract as much liquid as possible. • Return the juice to the skillet and simmer over medium heat until it has thickened and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. • Toss the apples with the thickened juice, cinnamon, salt, cloves, ginger and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Set aside to cool completely. (The cooled filling can be refrigerated up to two days or frozen for up to six months.) • Make the streusel topping. Whisk the flour, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingers until it has been absorbed. Mix in the almonds. • Assemble and bake the pie. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and place a baking sheet on it. Preheat the oven to 375° F. • On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Layer it between pieces of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. • Ease the dough round into a 9-inch pie pan. Fold and crimp the edges. Add the filling and spread to make an even layer. • Squeeze handfuls of the streusel topping and drop clumps of it on top of the filling, covering it completely. • Bake the pie on the preheated baking sheet until the crust and streusel are golden brown, about 1 hour. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 3 hours before serving. The pie keeps well at room temperature, covered, for 24 hours or refrigerated for up to 4 days.
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by Beth Walsh Stewart
Unearned Favor “Grace means that you get what you don’t deserve.
My hard-earned principles wrestled with the concept.”
good work ethic is an asset I have always valued. I work hard, and respect others who do the same. I realize now that I associate work ethic with integrity. People who possess it will perform well whether anyone is watching or not. They aren’t working for recognition, though they appreciate an ‘attaboy’ from time to time. They are working for an internal standard that exacts quality. Their work represents who they are, so it matters to them greatly. Perhaps this mindset is the reason I first struggled with the concept of grace. I understood justice – you get what you deserve. I had no problem with mercy – you don’t get what you deserve. But grace? Grace means that you get what you don’t deserve. Where’s the merit in that? My hard-earned principles wrestled with the concept. When I looked for grace around me, I saw it first in the mothers of drug addicts. I watched many broken people who strayed from their family’s beliefs and values in blatant, self-absorbed postures due to their addiction. In almost every case, I saw a mother on the sidelines, still
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cheering her child on, no matter how old he/she was, believing renewal was possible, and praying that he/she would get another chance. Most of these mothers had been robbed of both peace of mind and costly jewelry. They knew the pain of sleepless nights wondering if their child was still alive and the welcome relief of finding out they had been arrested and were safe in jail. These parents epitomized grace, if indeed grace is unearned favor. Once I recognized it couldn’t be earned, grace began appearing all around me. Volunteers at soup kitchens, a neighbor returning a wind-blown garbage can to the curb, a youngster returning an elderly woman’s shopping cart, and people collecting food, diapers, and toiletries for Hurricane Ian victims on our west coast. race showed up when my husband took care of a chore I had put off, and in the whispered prayer of a friend when I needed it. The more I saw it, the more grateful I became. The more gratitude I felt, the more grace seemed to appear around me. That’s when it hit me. Grace is the atmosphere of Love. It is the air that surrounds it, the smell that accompanies it, it is the presence of something holy when Love is unconditional. Grace follows love. It is an offshoot, a consequence, a byproduct. When you find grace, look around. God is near, and He is smiling because His children have learned the secret.
Beth Walsh Stewart, MTh, is the visionary behind the WeCovering Project and the Creator of BethWe, the nonprofit that was the impetus for this work. Dedicated to rescuing the stragglers lost in the shadows of the road of life, Beth is best-known for her Good Seed Podcasts, 12-Step seminars, weekly blogs, g.o.d. speaks books, and uplifting workshops. Beth lives by this motto: I have been called to help my brother find his authentic self and his God, and I best accomplish this end by sharing my pursuit of the same. November 2022 / ISSUE 142 / Vero’s Voice 27
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by Pastor Alex Pappas
hanksgiving is the time of the year when families come together and share a meal, being thankful for one another, sharing lots of laughter, and spending quality time together. It is always a time of the year where things seem to calm down from all the hustle and bustle of the “busy-ness” of life. Here in Florida, the weather starts to get enjoyable. It gets a little cooler, making spending time outside very pleasant. Personally, it is my favorite time of the year. One of the many family traditions I have heard about on Thanksgiving is people sitting around a table and sharing something that they are thankful for that year. For some this can be a little difficult, because they might have been through some challenging times and are struggling to recognize things to be thankful for. Over the years of being involved in ministry, I have learned quite a few things, but one thing that stands out to me, is from all the things I can be thankful for, I am most thankful for the Lord in my life. I am so grateful for everything He has done for me. You might have heard some people say, “I am grateful to God,” and you might have wondered, what on earth are you grateful to God for? Let me tell you. Firstly, and most importantly, I am grateful for my salvation. The fact that Jesus gave His life to save me, and, therefore, I have life, and life eternal, should be enough reason to shout my gratefulness from the rooftops. This is one of so many things I am grateful for; truly there’s not enough paper to write about everything else.
I want to share one of the scriptures that I live by. The Bible tells us: Psalm 100:4–5 (NKJV) 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
In Everything… Give Thanks!
In this verse alone there are three things that we can be thankful for to God: 1. God is good. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I know I can trust Him. I can rely on Him. All His promises in the Bible are available to me. He is my Protector, my Savior, my Counselor, my Healer, my Deliverer, my Prince of Peace, and my best Friend. 2. His mercy endures forever. How can you not be grateful for His mercy? We need His mercy. I am thankful for His mercy, and for His grace. 3. His truth is everlasting. In a changing world, and with so many cultural changes, the one place we can find stability and truth is in His Word. As you can see from just this one verse in the Bible, we have so much to be thankful to God for. So let me encourage you, this year while you are thankful for so many things, or if you can’t find anything to be thankful for, make sure that you don’t forget, to give thanks to the One Who gave it all. Many blessings this Thanksgiving.
Pastor Alex Pappas
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.
Pastor Rich Ienuso
re we a thankful people or do we have ingratitude?
God’s Word says: Psalms 100:4: “Enter His gates [His Presence] with thanksgiving...” Psalms 107:22: “...sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving...” Sometimes being thankful will be a sacrifice. Colossians 1:12: “Giving thanks to the Father...” Colossians 3:15: “...be thankful” 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks...” Philippians 4:6: “...with thanksgiving let your requests be known...” 2 Corinthians 9:15: “...thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift [Jesus]” This season be thankful to the Lord, because He is good! Pastor Rich
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William “Reverend Bill” Kearney April 22, 1943 - September 12, 2022
y mother was in the ambulance I was following. I pulled up to the Emergency Room public entrance, my mind in turmoil and fear. I didn’t know who to call. Recently a Reverend Bill Kearney had given me a business card with his phone number on it. I called this stranger and he quickly prayed and came to the hospital. My mother passed to the next life that day. Reverend Bill would be a strong part of my life for the next 14 years. He met my father, Benjamin Robert Collins, who was in an assisted living facility in Vero Beach. They became fast friends. Reverend Bill would take Ben and his wheelchair to CJ Cannon’s Restaurant at the Vero Airport several times a week. I will be eternally grateful as years later when I was out of town it was Reverend Bill who held Ben’s hand as he passed from this world to the next. Reverend Bill was a chaplain who volunteered at many places. He became part of a men’s Bible study at John’s Island that we both attended for many years. His phone was always on day or night. With multiple tragedies in my life, Reverend Bill gave the gift of a listening ear to my long (sometimes one-sided) conversations, many well past midnight. He was a supreme giver.
Early in life Bill had been a perfunctory Christian attending church once in a while as a duty, but it took an instantaneous miracle with Jesus that freed Bill from an addiction to alcohol to surrender his life to the authority of his Messiah. He graduated Bible school and would represent the love of Jesus for the remainder of his days on earth. He traveled far and wide proclaiming the power of Jesus that had delivered him from alcohol. He was known to have a gift of a “prophetic word” that he would speak into lives. I can say unequivocally that many of the insights revealed to him from Jesus for my life came to pass. I will miss the Lord’s guidance via Reverend Bill Kearney. lady posted on Facebook recently that Bill often said publicly he and I were best of friends. It was so nice to hear – a gift I’ll carry till Bill and I continue our conversations in heavenly places. “Love ya, Bill!” “See ya later, Toyota!” he would often reply.
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