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Florida’s Most Beloved Storyteller

Florida’s Most Beloved Storyteller

“My favorite book is A Land Remembered. My name is Saige Osceola and I am a Miccosukee Indian. I am 11 years old and my favorite author is Patrick D. Smith.

November 2010
Crazy About Crackers

Crazy About Crackers

My husband Don and I used to go to an ancient saloon in Sweetwater with a sawdust-covered, beer-washed floor, where a live band played country western music while we nibbled on frog legs – deep fried in sizzling peanut oil – and in between sets, listened to recordings of Eddie Arnold.

November 2010
September Remember... Who Can Forget?

September Remember... Who Can Forget?

Autumn doesn’t announce itself in Florida with flannel shirts and frosted pumpkins.

September 2010
Goodbye, Grand Dame

Goodbye, Grand Dame

More than 80 years after opening its doors, the elegant Mediterranean Revival-style building at 2225 Club Drive is awaiting the demolition squad, unless a preservationist steps in to relocate it.

September 2010
Four Thousand Miles From D-Day

Four Thousand Miles From D-Day

D-Day (J-Jour to the French) began in the early morning of June 6, 1944 on a spring low tide when 150,000 Allied soldiers in a 5,000-vessel armada crossed the English Channel to disembark on a rocky, seaweed-strewn stretch of the beaches of Normandy.

June 2010
Little Island of Memories

Little Island of Memories

On Sept. 29, 2007, a small group of former prisoners of war gathered on a tiny island in the Indian River just south of the Merrill Barber Bridge.

May 2010
Bridge: A Matter of Life and Death

Bridge: A Matter of Life and Death

While Vandal hordes hammered at the gates, St. Augustine, the fifth-century patron saint of theologians and sore eyes, put his fingers in his ears and theorized that time did not exist before the beginning of the world.

May 2010
This Land is Your Land--At 6 Cents An Acre

This Land is Your Land--At 6 Cents An Acre

Throughout most of history, land ownership was not even a distant dream for most ordinary working people.

April 2010
Why Windsor Works

Why Windsor Works

Nearly 420 acres of grapefruit groves stretched to the horizon when Canadian Galen Weston and his wife Hilary first set eyes on the property we know today as Windsor.

April 2010
Is There A Doctor in the Country?

Is There A Doctor in the Country?

The sticky-toed tree frog had fallen from a palm tree. I found him on a frigid morning, motionless and missing a leg.

April 2010