Roy Peter Clark - Contributing Writer

Contributing Writer

As the new contributing writer for my favorite newspaper, I craft features that appear regularly in the Sunday Floridian section and online. This is a new adventure for an old writer, inspired by the journey of humankind in a troubled world. Mired in pandemic, deep recession, and political unrest, readers need an escape hatch. A little wit, whimsy, and wisdom are gold coins in the sand. I come to this after 40 years as a writing coach at Poynter, the school that owns the Times. I’ve lived in St. Pete for all those years with wife Karen and three daughters. I have written about AIDS, the Holocaust, literacy, war, but also Ray Charles, pelicans, the Lone Ranger, and Pee-wee Herman.

  1. A monarch butterfly feeds on a goldenrod.
  2. This is not the puppy that Roy Peter Clark helped to save, but you have to admire its moxie.
  3. Donovan Dykes, the grandson of Roy Peter Clark.
  4. The Apple TV+ show "Ted Lasso" stars Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach who heads to the U.K. to manage a struggling London football team.
  5. Babe Ruth, whose first spring training in St. Petersburg was in 1925, takes a practice cut on April 20, 1932, before the home opener at Yankee Stadium in New York.
  6. Seinfeld, "The Stall," Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jami Gertz and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
  7. Aug. 5, 2021• Life & Culture
    Roy Peter Clark and wife Karen, who are celebrating 50 years of marriage.
  8. Jul. 28, 2021• Life & Culture
    Magic 8 balls make predictions, too.
  9. A black racer pokes its head out from under some beach daisies near a pedestrian beach walkway on Indian Rocks Beach in 2006.
  10. Roy Peter Clark with his daughter Alison.
  11. Ducks in a park in St. Petersburg on Friday, June 11.
  12. Roy Peter Clark joins Joey Dee for a rendition of the "Peppermint Twist."
  13. Syringes sit next to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a popup site in the Queens borough of New York.
  14. Eugene Patterson during World War II.
  15. Five college friends, Class of 1970, who together have totaled almost 250 years of marriage to their wives. From left to right: Gordon Ur, Joe Morrissey, Dan Graziano, Peter Tybursky, and Roy Clark.
  16. Roy Peter Clark's uncle Vincent Marino, taken just before Vincent died of complications from tuberculosis in 1941 at a sanatorium north of New York City.  He is 19 although looks much younger, his growth stunted by the disease.
  17. A hamster similar to this one made a great escape in 1989.
  18. This is a white-crowned sparrow. Roy Peter Clark says a squad of sparrows often appears when he and his wife are enjoying coffee and muffins at Craft Kafe in St. Petersburg. On Black Friday, one was particularly interested in the cranberry/almond muffin.
  19. Dec. 3, 2020• Life & Culture
    Roy Peter Clark's flunch, the new meal they've adopted at his house.
  20. From 2010, when Christmas-hating journalist Anna Wahl (Christine Taylor) is assigned to report on a Christmas-themed town complete with a year round resident Santa Claus (W. Morgan Sheppard), the cynical writer once again begins to believe in the magic of the holidays in the movie "Farewell, Mr. Kringle."
  21. Nov. 19, 2020• Life & Culture
    Can you see the angel in the wispy sunset clouds over St. Petersburg?
  22. FILE - In this file photo dated July 29, 1966, actor Sean Connery is shown during filming the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice," on location in Tokyo, Japan. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family.  (AP Photo, FILE)
  23. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hugs Brayden Harrington, 12, at a campaign stop at Cilford Community Curch, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Gilford, N.H. Biden and Harrington have spoken to each other about their stutter they have both struggled with. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)