Christmases-past were Florida style!

Cactus-fruit pies, jousting competitions, and contraband bottles of whiskey washing ashore have made for some memorable Christmases-past in Florida. Over the years, despite frontier hardships, wars and storms, folks have found distinctive ways to celebrate the religious holiday in Florida. The first Christmas celebration on Florida soil is thought to have been the very first in North America. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his entourage of more than 600

Defining Florida’s Quality of Life at 2019 Future of Florida Forum

Arts and culture are vital to the future of Florida, and play a key role in why more than 900 people are moving to Florida every day. Florida’s hidden gems will take center stage during the 2019 Future of Florida Forum as Florida Humanities Executive Director Steve Seibert shares with statewide business leaders how the humanities are helping to define Florida’s quality of life. The Florida Chamber Foundation's Future of

In the Pink

This photo was taken on one of my trips to St. Augustine while visiting a friend in Palatka. We happened upon all these birds, including this wood stork surrounded by roseate spoonbills, gathering by the bridge outside of St. Augustine heading toward A1A. I was so excited to see them – I’m always searching for birds to photograph. Photography has been my passion ever since growing up in Gainesville. I

Here’s a look back at his peripatetic 2019 summer reading

The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization (2013), by Arthur Herman. How the two greatest thinkers of the ancient world laid the foundations of Western culture. Athens: A Portrait of the City in Its Golden Age, by Christian Meier Essential reference for The Cave and the Light. The Mueller Report (2019) Preparation for the special counsel’s testimony. Pete Buttigieg: An