Stephanie Hayes - Columnist


Please buckle in for a glamorous journalism biography. I left my job at a mall CD store to work here at 19, distributing faxes and running to Publix to pick up cakes for real reporters. Upon being the last warm body in the office, I got to write actual stories. The rest has been a wonderful journey. I'm now a columnist, writing on the proverbial "lighter side of life" and giving side-eye to Florida. Starting in 2021, my columns will be syndicated worldwide via Creators Syndicate. Before this, I was an editor overseeing arts and culture coverage. As a reporter, I’ve covered local governments, higher education, nightlife, obituaries and performing arts. How's that for variety? I'm a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid host of parties with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

  1. Rocket the Pomeranian relaxes on the bed of The Ben hotel in West Palm Beach.
  2. A couple watch as a Southwest Airlines flight taxis to the gate at Dallas Love Field in June.
  3. Your package will arrive in six to eight months.
  4. James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, having yet another existential crisis.
  5. John Tischner of Dunedin sits at home with the Christmas tree he put up in honor of his wife, Jane Tischner.
  6. Judith Overcash layers flowers around a central focus flower at Random Acts of Flowers Tampa Bay, a nonprofit where volunteers recycle flowers left over from supermarkets, funerals and weddings to make new flower arrangements for nursing homes and hospitals.
  7. Nope, we're not doing it.
  8. The Tampa Bay housing market awaits.
  9. Imagine the bliss of a spacious restaurant at 3 p.m., like Ulele in Tampa.
  10. A St. Petersburg College graduate runs down the hall.
  11. A pumpkin spice latte from Spaddy's Coffee Co. in Tampa.
  12. Bill Murray's character Carl confronts the gopher in "Caddyshack."
  13. A cookie from Gideon's Bakehouse in the East End Market in Orlando.
  14. Waiting for packages to arrive!
  15. A family walks past Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
  16. An Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 test available at pharmacies for less than $25.
  17. A COVID-19 vaccination site at a Health Care District of Palm Beach County bus parked on Datura Street in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 14, 2021.
  18. Students arrive at Leto High School for the first day of school for Hillsborough County students, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Tampa.
  19. Jarod Jacobs and Germaine Leonard of Boca Raton float in Warm Mineral Springs in North Port, Fl. on July 31, 2021. The couple comes to soak in the prehistoric spring every two weeks. Jacobs said the minerals in the water have soothed his multiple sclerosis.
  20. Is this you? Are you unvaccinated? Let's talk.
  21. Cinematographer Michael May, left, films a scene with actors Erin Cahill, Martin Kove and Susan Gallagher during the production of A Taste of Love at Edgewater Park in Dunedin.
  22. Oliver Daemen, from left, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, Wally Funk and Bezos' brother Mark pose for photos in front of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.
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