• Things I learned from teachers that I wonder if they teach today

    Schools across the country are back in session after what probably seemed like a very short summer. Unless you're a parent, that is.
    I remember being so excited for school to start every year. Truthfully it was more about socializing than learning, but I actually enjoyed learning too.
    And many things I learned–especially in elementary school–have stuck with me more years than I care to disclose.
    A couple weeks ago, Tom and I took a weekend trip to cat sit for his sister in Ft. Myers.

  • 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


    '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.