One of the problems of growing older is that each year increases the number of know-it-all iterations of myself that I'm obligated to reassess. In January, in this space, I tried to make sense of the shocking suicide of Gretchen Molannen, the subject of the cover story in the first issue of Floridian last December.
I had floated for hours in a warm mineral spring in Florida, interviewing Eastern Europeans in Speedos and floppy hats. For a reporter, it was an idyllic kind of day.
Back in the early 1970s when University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Jay Sokolovsky began his career as an anthropologist, nobody bothered with elderly Americans.
The first note about the closing went up in September.
Then the handwritten revisions began.
Miss Martha wills her hands to do the work, which is shucking one oyster after another, a hundred oysters, five hundred oysters, a thousand oysters, day after day and year after year.
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 …
PINE ISLAND — He squatted between a bleeding air mattress and a coffeemaker perched on a blue cooler. It was still dark in his new home, around 7 a.m. A lamp cast a web of shadows over the creases around his tired green eyes. Fred Bellet stood, and at 5 feet 6, his head nearly touched the ceiling. Behind him, two …
In his new short story "Snowbirds," part of the collection A Permanent Member of the Family (Ecco/Harper Collins), Russell Banks offers a portrait of Isabel Pelham, who with her husband George arrives in Miami Beach for an experiment in winter living. One morning on the tennis court, however, George "dropped to …
Number of Floridians receiving food stamps in August, a record for the state and a 3.2 percent increase compared with the same month a year before.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
There are so many things about this 68-year-old holiday photo that make you go "hmmm," from Santa's shirt that doesn't quite button to the little girl's solid grip on his white beard to the baby who just wants OFF THIS STRANGE MAN'S LAP THANKYOUVERYMUCH. But perhaps most amusing of all is the children's names: Carol and …
Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. To a person like me who makes crosswords for a living, it is, in 14 letters (four words): A Really Big Deal.
Rashida Strober's sneakers squelched as she hurried along the sidewalk in a downpour. She pulled a flier from her backpack and handed it to a young black man in a doorway.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, NOV. 18, 1963
It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy came to Tampa, the city's first visit from a sitting president, a visit so joyful in the moment, so bittersweet in memory.
"Before I became a murderer, I led a relatively dull existence." So claims Penny Perkins, "mild-mannered journalist, mild-mannered bleacher of hair in the bathroom sink, mild-mannered connoisseur of midnight macaroni and cheese," in Obitchuary, by Times staff writer Stephanie Hayes (Stephanie Hayes, Sept. …
I've always thought no state boasts such diverse music as our own. On my iPod you'll find songs from Greenville's Ray Charles and Gainesville's Tom Petty. I've got Orange Blossom Special, a famous bluegrass stomper from Gladesman Ervin Rouse, and Zora Neale Hurston's a cappella rendition of an old Bahamian tune …
Kids today have plenty to worry about, from cyberbullying to getting into a good college to how much Axe body spray is too much. But after superstorm Sandy last year, Peyton Robertson had other things on his mind. The Fort Lauderdale 11-year-old recently captured the title of America's 2013 Top Young Scientist after …
At 8 a.m. on a recent Monday the Japanese team was doing calisthenics in matching green jackets. Australians with bejeweled kangaroos on their hats milled about drinking coffee. A middle-aged Brazilian man wearing Elvis glasses and fake sideburns beamed with pride.
It didn't take much to be a Base Invader.
By JEFF KLINKENBERG
Times Staff Writer
Oink. Oink. OINK!
The frog girl, Avalon Theisen, is all ears. A pig frog is a pretty good frog. Nice and big. Some people hear them and think they're hearing alligators. No way. Alligators have a deeper voice.
Merl Reagle has always been disappointed that my wife and I didn't keep trying for a daughter.
By Leonora LaPeter Anton
NORTH PORT — One day in early September, Frank and Lana Usherenko set out from their gated stucco home on an exploratory mission.
Frank Hallam Day has toured the world to photograph ship hulls and shipwrecks, mannequins and cherry trees, American waterways and the after-dark time of those giant balloons you see floating over New York City parades. It's good stuff. But his recent work that's getting a ton of attention — including the Oskar …
On the beach that evening, after they played catch for almost an hour, Deni Elliott knelt in the sand beside her partner, cupped his wet chin in her hand, and started to cry.
Last month, the MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of its $625,000 fellowships, commonly called "genius grants." Winners include Karen Russell, Florida native and author of the novel Swamplandia!, Miami-based playwright Tarell McCraney, best known for a triptych collectively titled The …
Madeira Beach, 1963
"The high point of the monthly all church family night covered dish supper at Church By the Sea was a slave auction presented by the Junior Pilgrim Fellowship ..." the caption begins. A slave auction, mere months after Martin Luther King Jr. told the world "I have a dream"? On the block are …
Back in April, Jacob Landis, 24, embarked on a summerlong odyssey to bike to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. The purpose of the trip, which was supposed to take about 175 days and cover more than 10,000 miles, was to raise $1 million to cover the costs of cochlear implants for deaf people who can't afford the …
Here at the State You're In desk, we're acutely aware of a tendency toward dumping statistical downers on our readers. So let us offer a data-driven pat on the back: According to a new study from the Center for American Progress, the wage gap between men and women in Florida is one of the smallest in the nation. Women …
"It's bigger than the Grand Canyon, bigger than the Great Barrier Reef, it flows more water than Victoria Falls, and nobody knows it."
I'm a map guy. They're on my wall, in the glove compartment. I like spreading them out and remembering where I have been and dreaming about where I would like to go. Memories come flooding back, even a few bad ones, like the time the airboat broke down in the Everglades after dark. You're reading this. I survived.
As the limo raced down the darkened highway, Mitch Kates stared out in a jet-lagged daze at snowflakes swirling in the Caucasus mountains.