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First Person

  1. Theo Wujcik's last painting had a loving steward

    Human Interest

    "I could be your painting assistant," I offered, convinced it was a good idea.

    Theo hesitated. And I knew why.

    Painters Theo Wujcik, left, and Peg Trezevant became friends during the first painting class she took with him in 1994 at the University of South Florida.
  2. First person: New house with all the trappings

    Human Interest

    In February, I moved into a new house in South Tampa. It's cute and comfy with a huge yard shaded by tall, old trees. Oh, happy day!

  3. Hiking Pinellas' gulf coast, Fawn Germer finds her motivation (watch)

    Human Interest

    I locked my bike at one end of Fort De Soto and drove to the other. Armed with sunscreen, a hat, two GPS apps and one fragile psyche, I was ready. Ready to walk. Ready to reset my life.

    Self-help guru Fawn Germer hikes the beach at Anclote Key Preserve State Park off Tarpon Springs in the Gulf of Mexico. Germer had a bad year but realized she needed to take her own advice if anyone is to take her seriously.
  4. First Person: Observations from Ona

    Human Interest

    Many of us, when we get busy, which is always of course, are tempted to keep the blinders on. No distractions, please. Not so Tampa resident Stephen L. Goodman, left. Even on the job, he's eyes-open and awake. As a writer, Goodman says, "I have three main inspirations: as it is happening, memory and …

  5. My dogs and I, devoted till the end

    Pets

    Reggie, my ball-crazy golden retriever, had a lump removed from his lip in late November. It turned out to be malignant oral melanoma. Even with surgery, some dogs live only six months.

    Illustration by DON MORRIS   |   Times
  6. Opening Lines: Time is always on the future's side

    Human Interest

    I first noticed it in Publix.

    I wasn't getting carded for PowerBall tickets anymore. When I was 25, that made me indignant; at 35, I only hid a smile.

  7. Weird Florida, yes, but an oddly beautiful home

    Human Interest

    I had not lived in Florida in 18 years.

    I'd spent most of my childhood in Tallahassee and Fort Walton Beach, done college at the University of Florida for the cheap in-state tuition (I hear it's not so cheap anymore), and fled as soon as I graduated.

  8. When a teen gets a driver's license, mom is left with memories

    Human Interest

    I couldn't wait for my son to get his driver's license.