Good reads

  1. Your 20s are supposed to be glorious. They're not.

    Human Interest

    Your 20s are supposed to be the time of your life, but I think that's a myth perpetuated by soda companies and pop songs.

  2. Aunt Mary joins the Greek gods for eternity

    Human Interest

    “Do you prefer a cliff, or water?" asked the owner of the lovely hotel at the foot of Mount Olympus.

  3. The raccoon and the U-turn — a back-road Florida fable (w/video)

    Human Interest

    The road to Pahokee is long and lonely: 38 miles around the southeast shore of Lake Okeechobee. During most of the drive, you can't see the state's largest lake. Just a towering cement wall, rimmed by old fish camps. And on the other side, endless acres of palmettos. You often go for miles without seeing a soul.

    MELISSA LYTTLE / Times
  4. From typing to HTML, teaching the tech revolution

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the back building at St. Pete High, in a third-floor corner classroom, Mrs. Mathis stood waiting to greet her students on her last first day of school.

    1974 Lakewood High School yearbook
  5. For sailboat designer Charley Morgan, life's still a breeze

    Human Interest

    Charley Morgan, who calls himself "the ancient mariner," felt like a kid again. Eighty-five candles will grace his next birthday cake, but when he noticed the palm trees swaying beyond the window, he marched outside to look at Boca Ciega Bay. Standing on his dock, he saw Blue Cloud prancing at the end of a rope like a …

    A self-portrait of Charley Morgan, who took up painting after his first wife died of cancer in 2001.
  6. Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81

    Human Interest

    Click through clips of Joan Rivers slinging jokes today. Listen to her talk about bras and hot flashes and third wives.

    Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, shown in February, died Thursday after complications from throat surgery.
  7. Historic, long-empty San Antonio building opens for business

    Human Interest

    SAN ANTONIO

    For more than 30 years, the two-story red brick building on Curley Street sat empty. It's not that people weren't interested. A few times a week, someone would stop to peer in the windows, maybe rattle the doorknob, then venture next door to Jack Boyle's pottery shop to inquire if it was for sale or …

    John Herrmann runs San Antonio Antiques in the building built by his father that was once home to his Saf-T-Gas business. The recently restored brick building is now home to a health foods store, a home decor shop and more.
  8. Seven weeks in a Honduran prison: The untold story of the 'Aqua Quest'

    Human Interest

    [ CAMERON COTTRILL | Times ]
  9. Cut short by Gov. Rick Scott, climate scientist finishes his thought

    Human Interest

    David Hastings of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg recently traveled to Tallahassee to talk to Rick Scott about how to save Florida.

    Eckerd College marine science professor David Hastings, left, speaks to Gov. Rick Scott about climate change.
  10. Ideas don't fall from trees — you've got to climb for them

    Human Interest

    The magazine in your hand begins in a casual morning meeting held many days, even weeks ago. In a room that looks west over a crumbling YMCA and south toward a rising apartment complex, writers, photographers and editors share what's on their minds. It's an idea factory, but it's more like the place where hurricanes are …