Casey Alixandra

St. Augustine Lighthouse

  St. Augustine is famous for its rich history and hair-raising ghost stories. While many are believers, some speculate if this ancient city is haunted at all. If there is one place to change doubts to certainty, look toward the St Augustine Lighthouse. With a number of accidental deaths occurring at the lighthouse, visitors who do have a ghostly encounter aren’t ever sure who they’re seeing or hearing on the grounds. To most, it’s just a guess. But to make an educated guess, one must know the history of the lighthouse. Before the recognizable lighthouse we see today, there was …

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Beach Buddies

Like clockwork, the ocean is warm again and the marine life is back to sharing the beach with Floridians. While it’s no surprise that people might bump into a fish or seagull, it’s the sharks that aren’t so forgiving this year. After Jacksonville Beach’s recent shark attack, many are staying out of the water, speculating why a sudden rise in shark sightings and attacks. “We have had a lot more sharks pop up because the Jacksonville Beach Pier opened up,” said local lifeguard Igor Kazhuro. “Predators are coming near, specifically sharks, because there’s a lot more bait out now with …

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My Weekend of Finding the Best Places to Picnic In Jacksonville

Having a picnic only has two rules: 1) eat under the sky; and 2) pick up your trash afterwards. Besides those two important rules, having a picnic is a wonderful opportunity to be creative or to simply enjoy nature. It’s a fun, nonjudgmental activity where it doesn’t matter what you’re eating or who you’re with and whether it was spontaneous or planned. For this list, I decided to go to places I had never picnicked before. Friday Evening ~ Johansen Park I had never heard of Johansen Park in Atlantic Beach until just recently and thank my partner for introducing …

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Every Body Talks

Everyday medical corporations are telling the public what the right decisions are to healing one’s body. While medicine has saved millions of lives, sometimes listening first to what the body is saying is just as beneficial. Here in Jacksonville, advanced therapists at Jasmine Advanced Bodywork and Healing Center are interpreting what the body needs most. With both owners having impressive backgrounds in massage therapy, it’s safe to say that they are masters of understanding what the body needs. “We want to make [clients] understand that this work is important, and it’s changing people’s lives. It’s beneficial, it’s helpful, and it’s …

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Hard Femme, Soft Butch

Watch interview here With her brilliance and quick wit, BeBe Deluxe entertains people. But look beyond her beauty and electric blue hair, and you’ll find an educated and fierce being who inspires anyone who meets her. Deluxe’s presence and confidence are to be admired. For years, Deluxe has been speaking for equal rights for the LGBTQ community, but now she is taking it to the next level through song. Her music is many things, liberating and controversial and speaks the truth. Deluxe doesn’t have to demand attention. It comes naturally.  But what she is demanding now is respect for her …

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Diva Dance

Passions are notorious for being put aside. It’s not always on purpose (it’s easy for work and family to become a priority), but in Jacksonville, groups of women are finding the time to dance back into their old passions or ignite new ones. On Philips Highway past The Avenues mall is DivaDance, the bold pink lettering on its sign welcoming all who enter. There, everyone can learn real dance moves with a variety of music genres to pick from. “You are actually learning real choreography moves from experienced instructors,” said franchise owner Jasmine Batista. “It’s also a fitness option because …

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Under The Sea with Bubble Truck

Every other month my friends and I have a theme party. With summer coming up, a theme related to the ocean sounded like a perfect opportunity to have fun while in the heat. Driving into our neighborhood that night, no one would ever guess that one of these suburban homes was transformed into the bottom of the ocean. When walking in, instantly it felt like you entered an underwater disco ball. Surrounded by blue shimmers on every wall, the living room had colorful fishes swimming throughout their coral reefs on the television, while the ceiling had blue and green lights …

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Oh, the things you’ll learn!

Dr. Seuss is called many things. An artist, an inspiration, a motivator, but a racist? This was never the narrative until recently. With his childlike rhymes and colorful art, it seems that Dr. Seuss, too, has a colorful past. Before his famous tales, Dr. Seuss was the chief editorial and political cartoonist for the New York newspaper, PM, from 1941 to 1943. There he drew over 400 editorial cartoons highlighting political history. In many of these drawings, Seuss depicted Japanese, Arabs, and Africans in offensive and exaggerated ways. Even though Dr. Seuss’s aesthetic is interpreted as unusual and funny, many …

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Love and Knowledge

It’s February, the month of romance. When chocolate hearts and teddy bears take over as the representation of love. Flowers are bought, and dinner plans are reserved. But for some, it’s the time to take that next step in the relationship. To ask that question for forever. But what comes after the “Yes!”?  The planning. This includes the dress, venue, color scheme, everything that creates someone’s dream wedding. But how long does a couple have? For some, a wedding can be created in a month, that’s if you want a casual wedding or an elopement. But for those that have …

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A Love Letter to My Friends

For some, friendship is one of the hardest things to obtain. There’s a sense of fragility to it, and many end up drifting apart. But that’s also what makes friendships so special. It’s a choice. An unadulterated love with the want to experience life together.  Friends can also be the most influential and important figures a person can have. Whether they are there for three years or 10, friends help shape who you are. That’s the beauty of friendship, no matter how short lived, it was significant, and the connection was real.  However, many people can go through life never …

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