Setting the stage: The early Spanish Period in Florida 1565–1763

By Judith A. Bense Featured image above: An artist’s rendering of the landing of Don Tristan de Luna at present-day Pensacola in 1559. Florida was home for thousands of years to Indigenous people who hunted, fished, and raised crops and their families along its waterways. Evidence of their communities are preserved at Crystal River near Homosassa, Lake Jackson Mounds in Tallahassee, and the Bickel Mound Site near Bradenton. But the

Judi’s Journey

Through bitter times and sweet, this transplanted Floridian finds recipe for happiness in culinary traditions By Dalia Colón Featured image above: Chef Judi Gallagher educated herself on the food and growing seasons of Florida when she moved to Sarasota from New England two decades ago. Today, she is a regular presence demonstrating recipes and offering cooking tips on Tampa Bay’s NBC affiliate. Judi Gallagher was 6 when she got an

Commemorating July 17, 1821

With the 200th anniversary of Florida’s passing from Spanish to American possession, Pensacola celebrates its important role —with a look back at the people there that day. By Margo S. Stringfield Featured image above: As part of the bicentennial commemoration-day festivities on July 16–17, this reproduction keel boat will be anchored in Pensacola. Reenactors will tell the story of how important the vessels were in the years around 1821 in

Poetry Without Pause

Be it from a live stage or a virtual one, nothing stops winner Flavia Nunez and her fellow young orators from raising their voices out loud By Elizabeth Djinis In the opening shot, Flavia Nunez stands in her family’s living room. Behind her, baby portraits of Flavia and her siblings deck the tan-colored walls above the television and couch. Flavia, dressed in a white cardigan and a red skirt, introduces

One for the books

Florida Book Award winners talk about inspiration, our state, and publishing in a pandemic By Colette Bancroft Featured image: “This book was inspired by one of the patients in my therapy practice from many years ago. She was one of my favorites, but I only knew her as a young child. I wanted to sit with her as she grew up, became a teenager, fell in love, etc..” – Stacie
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