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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. Sit back, relax and follow the rules.
  2. A rider more experienced than our columnist hits the trails at Alafia River State Park.
  3. Learn to take out creeps with these Wrestlemania moves.
  4. The recipients of the Athena Society’s Dr. Sylvia Richardson Young Women of Promise Program grants for 2021.
  5. Jamal Galves, 34, is an associate research scientist with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and coordinator of the Belize Manatee Conservation project, rescuing and studying the species in his native Belize.
  6. It's not always time for kittens and rainbows. But sometimes, it is.
  7. The view from a houseboat in Fleming Island on March 15.
  8. Great job cleaning up this house, everyone!
  9. Just a girl, standing in front of a vaccine, asking it to love her.
  10. A leafroller hangs in an oak tree in Clearwater.
  11. Dolly Parton receives her COVID-19 vaccine.
  12. A mask discarded on the sand at Clearwater Beach last month.
  13. Jim Sorensen plays Dwight Schrute in the Capitol Theatre's outdoor walking tour of The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody: Who Is The Scranton Strangler?
  14. Realtor Philippa Main poses Wednesday outside a property she represents. Main's humorous listing for the home went viral. "Here it is, literally the worst house on the street!" she wrote.
  15. Walk away from all pressure to be cool.
  16. Stephanie Hayes in her home office on Feb. 17 with her stuffed reindeer, Gus.
  17. Kiteboarder Brendan Manteiga, 24, of Clearwater, launches into a flip off Sunset Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Tarpon Springs.
  18. Members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla arrive at the Tampa Convention Center on the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship during the 103nd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in Tampa.
  19. The iconic Matterhorn mountain is illuminated by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter.
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans celebrate the team's Super Bowl 55 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
  21. The Weeknd performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.
  22. Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan performs the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
  23. Miley Cyrus performs before the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, Sunday. Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.