Florida Humanities Council Blog

Using FORUM magazine as the catalyst to start conversations that matter to Floridians, the FHC Blog explores humanities content designed to pique your interest.  We hope our various posts inspire you to leave your thoughts and join the conversation.  Come back each month to see what is new!

An Early Morning Mist

A State of Wonder

In the early morning mist By Emilio “Sonny” Vergara I woke just after 4 one morning and texted a friend to ask if he’d like to join me in Bushnell and motor over to Lake

What We’re Reading

In each issue of FORUM, we share the joy of reading with a book suggestion by a Florida book lover. In this issue, Jill Rourke, head librarian at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library, recommends two

What we’re watching

Looking for something to watch tonight? The Florida Humanities Council’s video archives are filled with gems worth seeing — or hearing — again. These two short videos and one podcast (below), created with the support

Letter from the Director

Finding shared values Three times a year I have the privilege of writing comments in this space. Usually, I want to celebrate a program we are funding, or highlight the theme of this edition of

Letter from the Editor

Igniting a spark in the center of it all Take a look at an historic photograph of any American downtown, be it little more than a village’s dusty crossroads or the heart of a growing


Below you will find blog posts related to diverse and dynamic humanities content through FHC’s programs and various media platforms the past few years. Check out these fan favorites and leave a comment!

All My Sins Remembered

By Ron Cooper Silver Medal, General Fiction An Except Sue’s Prius was in the driveway beside Deputy Blevins’s Ford F250, and no lights were on in the house when Sergeant Dalton dropped Blevins off at

High noon in the Florida chaparral

By Mark Jerome Walters There are places in Florida that take you right into the heart of Texas. Cracker cowboys ride through paddocks that look like they’re out of old Laredo. Cows and little dogies

Just Being Jackie

By Margaret Cardillo Silver Medal, Young Children’s An Excerpt: Now Jackie would be living in the White House, the same place she had visited with her mother years ago. Unfortunately, not much had changed. It

Just Right Family: An Adoption Story

By Silvia Lopez Gold Medal, Younger Children’s An Excerpt: “Tell me my favorite story,” I say every night. It’s not in a book. Mama points to the big map on my wall, to a place

La librería del mal salvaje

By Hernán Vera Álvarez Gold Medal, Spanish Language An Excerpt: El orden de las cosas Una biblioteca es una autobiografía. En este caso, los libros que vendemos tienen la dictadura del mercado –top ten de