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The First Coast isn't just where Florida begins; it's literally a crossroads. It's where two of the nation's major interstate highways intersect, where the mighty St. Johns River empties into the … more
Everyone knows I have an active lifestyle. I love to accompany my friends when they dine out, especially if the weather’s nice. Jacksonville’s beach communities boast several dog-friendly … more
Everything comes back to Guy Debord. Midmorning on a sunny Monday, author and playwright Tim Gilmore and I sit at Vagabond Coffee talking about Jacksonville, mass shootings, gun control and art. In … more
The mantle of preparing delicious, beautiful, full-throated food was passed to me like the laying on of hands. I have been learning to cook the same way—in the same house—for 52 years. … more
For the second straight week, this column is focused on economics—specifically, the economics of downturn. This is something we haven’t seen in roughly a decade, but people are beginning … more
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Florida’s legal weed scene. Governor Ron DeSantis’ push to allow medical patients to smoke some forms of marijuana was officially certified with … more
My typical day starts with a big hug, a hearty breakfast and a walk around the block. It’s tough to say which ritual I like best. That’s the thing about morning rituals. They give us … more
The coming of spring is a magical time of year. For some peculiar reason, this season brings out the inner poet in us all (corny, I know). The themes of reawakening, rebirth, new life and new hope … more
"Rock-and-roll is a bummer.” That’s Kevin Lee Newberry’s mantra. And he should know. The performer and recording artist has spent years in the local music scene. From his early … more
Break out the champagne and confetti! We’re turning 32 this week. I write “we,” even though 32 years ago, I was in the wee-early stages of my professional development, as it were. … more
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