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Freewill Astrology: April Fool’s Edition

story by ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your oracle comes from poet Octavio Paz: “The path the ancestors cleared is overgrown, unused. The other path, smooth and broad, is crowded with travelers. It goes nowhere. There’s a third path: mine. Before me, no one. Behind me, no one. Alone, I find my way.” April fool! Although this passage may be mostly accurate for the rest of 2020, it’s too melodramatic. Carry out its advice with meditative grace and effervescent calm. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A century ago, Maxim Gorky and Vladimir Lenin were listening to a Beethoven sonata together. …

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Puff, Puff, Pass? Absolutely not!

story by SHELTON HULL Since this job pays me by the word, let’s begin by stating the obvious: This whole coronavirus situation has been, to put it mildly, extremely stressful for almost every human being walking the earth. There are certain particulars of general interest, such as the need for social distancing and washing hands like you’re Pontius Pilate with OCD. We’re all keen to flatten the curve (which is unusual for a state whose people love to accentuate curves—often with illegal silicone injections in someone’s garage). The physical challenges are obvious, but less so is the exponentially enhanced degree …

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April Is the Cruelest

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected] Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. story by CHRIS BODOR I remember the day clearly when news of Kurt Cobain’s suicide was on the cover of every newspaper. It was early April 1994; I was 27, and Kurt, the voice of my generation, was 27. While I was riding home that day on the Metro-North commuter train, I opened …

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Bad Cop, Bad Cop

story by SUSAN CLARK ARMSTRONG Sandra Hartley has long been considered a human resource guru by people who know her. “She’s one of the smartest people I know,” said one officer at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, “and one tough broad.” (When Folio Weekly interviewed her, Hartley laughed at the “tough broad” remark. “It’s true,” she said.) She started toughening up at age 17, when she launched a career in human resources, eventually becoming the first female director of administration at the Jacksonville Port Authority. Next, she was promoted to director of external affairs (EA). Then she went to Tallahassee, …

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Home Away from Home

story by BRIANNA BOSTICK JASMYN, the only LGBTQ+ center in Northeast Florida, celebrates its 26th birthday this year. In 1993, Ernie Selorio Jr., an LGBTQ+ teenager, was new to Jacksonville and feeling isolated—even suicidal—in his new surroundings. He and his sister decided to start a support group at Willowbranch Library to allow other young people experiencing the same feelings to come together and support one another. The group went from an idea to a remarkable reality that is JASMYN today. The organization is now headquartered in a Brooklyn campus comprising three large houses in which health services, housing support and …

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Canines & Coronavirus

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND When a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for coronavirus last month, pets quickly became part of the COVID-19 conversation. That case may have you wondering if your pets are at risk from this virus, too. Here’s the latest on the virus and your pets. Is my dog at risk for catching coronavirus? For now, pets are thought to be safe when it comes to COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats will become a source of infection in other animals or …

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Undead: Goth’s Mystery and History Lives On in Jacksonville

Isa Barrientos It’s Resurgence Goth Night at 1904. Occult symbols project onto dark walls and absinthe drips from cups. A pulse creeps into a creaking bass and a guitar melody, summoning a sea of black cloth to the dance floor. Bodies in intricate layers of corsets and capes, adorned with silver, sway together to the ominous tones. A heavy echo on every note, a voice enters the mix three minutes in: “White on white translucent black capes / Back on the rack / Bela Lugosi’s dead.” . Citing the late star of the 1931 film Dracula, the song carries the …

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Reset Your Intentions

story by COURTNEY STRINGFELLOW Since moving back to Jacksonville in mid-November, I’ve only managed to spend the weekend at my apartment a handful of times. That means I haven’t completely sorted through my belongings and created a space reflective of my lifestyle and passions. As someone who only ever has time to work, eat, sleep and repeat, COVID-19 has given me an excuse to cancel plans, stay in and get productive. My first undertaking was getting items out of boxes and creating a space for them. I hung a couple pieces of art in my main area—you don’t need to …

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Love in the Time of COVID-19

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO If you’re reading this in hard copy, you’ve taken an unnecessary risk. (But thanks for the dedication!) You’ve ventured out of the house and touched stuff. Now wash your hands forthwith! With soap and warm water. For at least 20 seconds. And if you’re reading at home, on your phone or tablet, go ahead and wash your hands anyway. COVID-19 is real, and it’s in Northeast Florida. Take heed, armchair individualists! It’s not about whether you can survive the virus. No, you are responsible for transmitting or not transmitting it to others, including loved ones to …

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Dog Days

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND If all this talk of COVID-19 has taught me anything, it’s how often my mom touches her face without thinking about it. But as is so often the case when it comes to humans, there are more questions than answers. Namely, “Why are you stockpiling toilet paper?” Whatever the answer to that riddle, my mom and I have been listening to the experts and practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Days typically spent raiding the farmer’s market for local treats, or visiting the neighborhood coffeehouse for a double-shot puppucino, are now passed pacing around the house …

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