04/18/14 Home and Garden
It's quite a haul. An hour from Tampa. An hour and a half from St. Petersburg.
And, to get there, you either have to pay tolls on the Suncoast Parkway or stop and go through traffic lights and snarls on U.S. 19.
Who — in their right mind — lives up here?
Lucky people, that's who.
Like Tampa business owners Jeff and Sara Fox....
04/16/14 Life Times
In 1993, sportscaster Dick Vitale greeted his friend and fellow sportscaster, Jim Valvano, with a big hug at the base of the stage where Valvano was to receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at ESPN's Espy Awards.
The hug turned into assistance as Vitale wrapped his arm around Valvano's waist to steady him as he climbed a half-dozen steps to the podium. Once Valvano was secure at the podium, Vitale stepped back out of the spotlight but stayed within arm's reach of the terminally ill Valvano, who accepted his award and quickly moved on to announce the formation of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research....
03/21/14 Life Times
1 The Wiz — under the stars
American Stage in the Park presents the Tony-award winning musical The Wiz at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, April 9 through May 4, in Demens Landing Park in downtown St. Petersburg, where the roads are paved in rock, gospel and soul. Tickets start at $15. americanstage.org.
2 It's Edith Ann...
Tampa, you don't eat enough nuts.
And, that's a bad thing because in the seemingly cyclical research findings about foods, nuts are once again good for you.
Not only are nuts nutritional powerhouses that keep your weight, blood sugar and cholesterol stable, but new research reveals that people who eat nuts regularly have a lower risk of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease than those who don't, according to Sharecare, Dr. Mehmet Oz's health and wellness website, that recently announced its Top 10 Cities for Nut Lovers....
03/19/14 Human Interest
Generation Jones, the youngest segment of baby boomers, is a very influential lot.
Born between 1954 and 1964, GenJonesers are taking the reins of government and becoming a powerful draw for advertisers.
In Florida, they are seen as a key demographic in the push to legalize medical marijuana when it's put to voters in November.
"Jonesers have smoked far more pot than any generation before or after us, which has resulted in more toleration and acceptance of that drug — and comfort with its legalization," said Jonathan Pontell, the social commentator credited with coining the term Generation Jones....
03/19/14 Life Times
If you are between the ages of 50 and 60 but never really fit in as a baby boomer, join the crowd.
And what a prestigious crowd it is. Its members — the youngest segment of the baby boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964 — have taken over the reins of the political and business world, with about two-thirds of the current members and presidents of the European Union and NATO countries falling in that age range, President Barack Obama included....
03/14/14 Life Times
I was visiting my older son and daughter-in-law on the other side of the country in May, sitting on the edge of the bed, when my son handed me a little gift bag.
I reached into the folds of the tissue paper protruding from the top and pulled out a bib. A baby bib. A baby bib that said, "I love Grandma."
I looked over at the two of them who were both nodding, smiling, eyes wide, brows arched....
03/14/14 Home and Garden
Anne Marie Campbell, Sam Giunta and all their worldly belongings just fit — albeit snugly — in their 1,300-square-foot Bayshore Boulevard condominium.
It was tight but they made it work — until Campbell retired from her human resources job and brought her things home from the office. That little bit of stuff tripped the tilt button, busted out the seams. No more room. Too crowded....
02/24/14 Life Times
Not feeling as old as your chronological age says you should be feeling? Join the crowd. The same baby-booming generation that blazed the trail for civil rights issues decades ago is now blazing the trail for what old age should feel like.
It wasn't that long ago that a dream retirement meant buying a home in a 55+ community, tooting around the neighborhood in a golf court, hanging with people your own age, relaxing, playing cards and shuffleboard until the end comes....
02/24/14 Life Times
Eddie Mae Givens came to the door accompanied by a teeny barking dog. She was stooped so far over — her back has hurt, she said, since she ruptured a disc working as a laundress during World War II — that the first thing to appear was the top of her head, which was covered with a blue knit stocking cap with a snowflake pattern.
"Come in. Come in," Givens, who had just turned 93, said to Gina Shields as she tried to keep the yapping chihuahua — Frankie — from biting or fleeing or both....
02/13/14 Home and Garden
There's a neighborhood called Whispering Oaks Estates way down in the southeast corner of Hernando County, a hop, skip and 3-mile jump from the Pasco County line. It sits in the middle of nowhere, a nirvana shielding its residents from the troubles of the world.
They tool around the streets on the same golf carts that other times carry them from hole to hole on the adjacent Ridge Manor Golf and Country Club course, waving to neighbors as they putter in their yards or slowing to a crawl to chat with others who shout cheerful greetings from doorways or screened lanais or from the windows of passing cars....
01/20/14 Life Times
Well, it's another January. Another start of a new year fatter than I want to be. Another where-there's-a-will-there's-a-way determination to change.
But, this time, I mean it. Yeah, yeah, I know I've said that before. But, this time is different because I'm finally ready to shed my puffy shell — the handy excuse I've always kept around to use when things don't go my way.
I didn't need Dr. Phil to help me figure this out: Keeping on extra weight has always given me something to blame for my failings....
1 Punta Gorda by land & sea Take a day trip and explore Punta Gorda, the "fat point" jutting into Charlotte Harbor an hour and a half south of St. Petersburg. The Chamber of Commerce wants you to see its city so it's offering trolley and boat tours on Fridays. You can tour land (1 hour) and sea (1 1/2 hours) for $40 or just take a trolley tour for $25. Details, schedules and tickets at puntagordachamber.com or (941) 639-3720....
12/16/13 Life Times
Seems it wasn't that long ago that people called St. Petersburg "God's waiting room," conjuring thoughts of frail seniors heading to park benches to feed the pigeons.
Today, the city is on Money magazine's list of Best Places to Retire, conjuring thoughts of active older people going to concerts, riding bikes at the beach or taking classes.
Retirees are looking for things to do, places to go, people to meet....
12/13/13 Life Times
I was planning to spend Thanksgiving day alone.
The prospect of it didn't bother me. Everyone I worried about had someplace to go.
My two sons — one in Chicago, the other in Southern California — were having Thanksgiving dinner with their in-laws; my dad in Ohio had all my siblings to cook turkey and pumpkin pie for him.
I'd catch up on some writing and cook a turkey breast for me and the cats to nibble on (for weeks) and watch football....