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Each morning, a small white tag dangles from a cotton string leading back to the tea bag gently dancing in my mug. And written on each tag is a phrase from which to launch my day. Wisdom, inspiration and soul-stirring caffeine in one tidy package.

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For a few months, our newer full-time staff members have been getting acclimated to their new jobs. Josh Bailey is one of the six new hires we made in October. He’s a great addition to the staff and brings special skills to our team.

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This is the time of year lots of us try to focus on things that we feel thankful for. So many things come to mind for such as: my staff, who always go the extra mile when it comes to protecting and rescuing people; all the volunteers with the Survivor Support Network and Wave Watchers who ar…

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The wind blows across the smooth surface of the Gulf of Mexico. After a while, little ripples begin to form. Then they combine to form tiny swells. The water molecules themselves don’t move far. Instead, they pass the energy from one to the next, and this energy moves through the water, caus…

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Fortunately, we’re now in the position to run lifeguard patrols throughout the year. As the temperature cools, we’ll drive the entire beachfront and, in addition to our lifesaving responsibilities, be able to devote attention to things like driving in prohibited areas, glass and alcohol enfo…

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Standing outside the window of my truck, a man is holding a bowl of Halloween candy. A large motorcycle rally is in town, the island flooding with chrome and a constant, deep rumble.

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Very soon we’ll see some real temperature shifts, and we’ll be looking at much colder water conditions. Some people will continue their beach activities as usual, and with increasing beach use in the off season our staff must be prepared.