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Stephanie Hayes - Columnist

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. 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.
  2. Got office anxiety? Follow these simple tips to nail your first days back.
  3. Dead fish are seen recently along Madeira Beach. A bloom concentration of Red Tide has continued to plague Pinellas County beaches.
  4. Connor Flatch, center, is cooled off with a cold beer at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa while celebrating the Lightning’s second consecutive Stanley Cup championship.
  5. A variety of imitation Pop It! popping toys, the summer's hottest fidget item.
  6. They're all coming into the lobby at the same time! Run!
  7. Florida sparkles as 47th kindest state in the country!
  8. Retired Air Force technical sergeant Sonya Bryson-Kirksey sings the National Anthem before Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday, April 12, 2019 in Tampa.
  9. A server hands over a Pina Colada and a Strawberry Daiquiri at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on Monday, May 4, 2020, on Clearwater Beach.
  10. The Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull. A very cool, heroic event.
  11. Pride & Love is a mural by Chad Mize & Jay Hoff.
  12. Is it time to slip into these pants once more?
  13. Head off into the future, knowing you have mastered the most awkward times.
  14. Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe in a scene from "A Quiet Place Part II."
  15. Kelly O'Connell and Josh Gillin wait to board the AVA driverless shuttle in Dunedin on Sunday. The shuttle is in town on a three-month pilot program.
  16. The former Melting Pot location in St. Petersburg. Mad Beach Brewing owner Matthew Powers recently purchased the property and plans to renovate the building. Urban legends abound that the place is haunted.
  17. Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, we might miss these little guys?
  18. CDC, can we double-dip again?
  19. Is this love that I'm feeling?
  20. Pillow Slides, the ugliest shoe of summer 2021, photographed luxuriously.
  21. Show her you care with a moment of silence.
  22. A better thank you would be a sack of cash!
  23. Publix chicken tenders sub or vaccine side effect?