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Probing the Mind of a Killer

One of the most popular genres in suspense fiction is the legal thriller, so it’s hardly surprising that many of today’s top writers - John Grisham, Lisa Scottoline, David Baldacci, etc. - are also attorneys.

The Glory Days of Florida Gardening

The Glory Days of Florida Gardening

September in Florida might be likened to late winter in the North.

Local Flavor

Local Flavor

As we pull into the parking lot, the smell of fresh, warm tortillas drifts indolently from the back room of the small Fellsmere grocery store known as the Garcia Plaza Bakery. It’s just before 9 a.m., and the tortilla makers have already been at work for hours making fresh corn tortillas as well as handmade pastries.

The Secret Stigma

We all have dreams. Some of us dream of learning a new language or driving a car we’ve admired since our youth. Others dream of financial independence or visiting far-flung corners of the earth. But for an estimated one in five Americans, their dream is far simpler: They dream of being able to read and write well.

Beyond the Doctor's Office

Once upon a time, people in Vero Beach went to the doctor’s office when they got sick.

In Search of Adventure

In Search of Adventure

After years of diving into underwater caves, putting a bat through its paces and measuring a Papa bear’s claws, Kristin Gordon Seiz’s claim to be an adventurer is no longer in question.

Grading Vero Beach's Gardens

Grading Vero Beach's Gardens

They came from Tallahassee, Gainesville and Jacksonville; from Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Lakeland; from Tampa-St. Petersburg, Naples and Orlando

The Colorful World of a Renaissance Man

The Colorful World of a Renaissance Man

For artist Mark Philip Wygonik, who once regarded himself as “just” a graphic designer, the ’90s were a defining decade. They brought him accolades for his directorial debut and theatre set designs, lessons in brokering art, and induction into an art institute’s Alumni Hall of Fame. They also brought him perspective.

The Art of Elegant Eggs

The Art of Elegant Eggs

What’s bigger than a kiwi and smaller than an ostrich, doesn’t fly and probably doesn’t stick its head in the sand? An emu. Nearly six feet tall and weighing up to 120 pounds, this is a mighty big bird. Not surprisingly, its eggs are also enormous.

The Ups and Downs of Trekking in Tuscany

The Ups and Downs of Trekking in Tuscany

Having spent most of my life in New York City, walking is second nature to me. So when the opportunity arose for my husband Bob and me to join Kathy and Richard Dunlop, our friends and neighbors at Orchid Island, on a walking trip of Tuscany and Cinque Terre, I was quite cavalier about it. “No problem for me,” I said; “I’ve walked many miles a day in high heels, not to mention countless hours on a treadmill, stair climber or elliptical cross-trainer. How difficult could a walking tour in Italy be?”

Diving Into The Light

Diving Into The Light

Dr. Edith Widder still remembers the first time she saw the light. It was on a sunny afternoon in July 1984, and she was making her first deep dive in the ocean, part of her post-doctoral studies at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California.

Hand Crafted in Vero Beach

Hand Crafted in Vero Beach

In an era when custom homes are created with products and talent imported from around the world, it’s refreshing to learn that the talents of our own town gave birth to Peggy Harvey and Hugh Matheson’s exquisite new home in Central Beach.