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Columns

  • Coloring outside the lines

     

    Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Norman Rockwell.

    They're all names synonymous with art.

  • When silver and gold collide

     I

    've known Freda most of my life. Her mother, Frances, drove me to kindergarten every day when I was five. However, it wasn't until I was a freshman in high school and we had a class together that I really got to know her. 

  • Humility before honor

    It’s been 14 weeks since I learned that I had B-cell lymphoma.

    That seems like a short time–only three and a half months–but in some ways it seemed like an eternity.

    In the beginning it was a seemingly endless parade of doctors and tests. Just when I thought I was finished, I received another referral; another test; another opinion.

    Driving to Gainesville two or three times a week–and later every day–gave me a lot of time for contemplation and self discovery.

  • Next year it could be you

     I’ve always empathized with Frankenstein’s monster. Through no fault of his own, he found himself a hideous scar-bearing creature that people feared, mocked and ran from. 

  • Education and following rules critical to manatee preservation

     My affection for manatees started as a joke.

  • Strike another one off the bucket list

    A little over a year ago when I went ziplining over the Mexican jungles, I said I crossed another thing off the bucket list that I didn’t even know existed.

    It’s true. There are many things I want to do in this life, but except for a couple I’ve never made it my mission to work toward those dream adventures.

    At this point in my life I pretty much just take every day as it comes and if an opportunity presents itself, I jump at it because it may not pass my way again.

  • People need ability to make own decisions

     In almost 25 years working in the weekly newspaper realm, I’ve managed to avoid voicing my opinions about two subjects: politics and religion.

  • Better days ahead

     

  • He loves his mommy

    I am going to ask Ashley to marry me,” Spencer said in March. I wasn’t surprised. They had been dating for over a year and I had seen the evolution of their feelings.

    He then proceeded to tell me about this awesome ring he was having made for her and he was planning to propose in June when we went on a vacation to Jamaica.

  • It's better to slide than bounce

     I fell in love with the bed the minute Fred showed it to me. It was big, imposing and solid. It reminded me of my fiance, Tom, who, like the bed is big, imposing and solid. I knew I had to have it, but I also knew Tom needed to approve it. After all, he was going to sleep in it as well.