Lifestyle

Food For Thought

Jospeh Guiffre Mushrooms hold a distinct place in society’s collective consciousness, to the untrained eye falling into two major categories: food and poison. It is a delicate line they walk, between a familiar friend and frightening foe. There is a small but motivated group of mushroom enthusiasts out to open the minds of people to the possibilities of the powerful and misunderstood mushroom. At an unassuming house on Jacksonville’s Westside, fog pours out from the confines of a small shed into the bright, crisp air of a spring day. Inside is a zippered door of a tent housing about a …

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Fish, It’s A Square Grouper

Lily Snowden It’s always exciting to hear of large blocks of drugs washing up on the coast of Florida and wondering where the pirates or fugitives are that let the product slip away. What is often not thought about, however, is how or why the bale was let go or how it got there. What normal, non-drug smuggling people do not think about is the logistics from a drug dealer’s point of view. “If I drop this package from the air at this coordinate, the boat three nautical miles away will be able to pick it up due to the …

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What’s Up, Doc?

The changing face of cannabis in Northeast Florida Dr. Chidi Uche cuts a distinctive figure. Tailored suit, Italian loafers, monogrammed Ralph Lauren shirt with French cuffs and presidential seal cufflinks. Even his stethoscope is fancy; it’s white with rose gold where you’d normally see stainless steel. His cool demeanor surely inspires confidence among his clients at Timeless Medical Spa, where he specializes in a wide variety of cosmetic and aesthetic treatments. We met with him at his office on Southside Boulevard. It’s actually his second office (the other one is on University Boulevard), and it hasn’t been open that long. …

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The Garden Club of Jax

Lily Snowden The Garden Club of Jacksonville turned 100 years old on March 25, 2022. The Garden Club of Jacksonville is one of Florida’s oldest and most established garden clubs. Ninah May Holden Cummer founded the club on March 25, 1922 in her home in Riverside. The club was originally comprised of 17 of Cummer’s friends. Within months, the club grew to over 100 members. The Garden Club of Jacksonville was one of the original four clubs in the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The club continued to grow over the years, and eventually broke ground on a clubhouse. The …

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A New School for the Beaches

Susan Gold, Archives & Collections Manager, Beaches Museum Duncan U. Fletcher High School was built through a federal grant secured with the assistance of Senator Duncan Fletcher, who the school is named for. The location was chosen so the school would be in the center of the school district, and the 22-acre site cost $5,750. The building itself was to cost $69,000 to build. The cornerstone was laid Sept. 25, 1936, and the doors opened on Sept. 20, 1937. Principal Frank Doggett recalled it was hard at first to convince the students to attend, with many wanting to continue attending …

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Understanding Ramadan: the Holiest Month in Islam

Omar Aftab Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting, begins April 1. The month is packed with traditions, both religious and cultural, and for many Muslims, it is the highlight of each year. During Ramadan, Muslims give up all food, drink and sex from sunrise to sunset. However, this is just the bare minimum. Muslims are also expected not to sin, tell lies, swear or get angry, and they are supposed to dedicate as much time as possible toward worship.  During the day, Muslims still pray the daily prayers, and they often increase worship at night. After sunset and breaking the …

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Take It from the Mathews Bridge

Finally, Jacksonville to replace Andrew Jackson statue with a lot of Nu-Metal.  By: Glenn Michael Van Dyke As Floridians, we’re all used to the long, straight, and unchanging drive from Jacksonville to Miami, from hot to hotter, an apt metaphor for Florida’s place among our current political climate. The terrain is all too familiar. It would be “very Florida” to simply crack a beer and watch the scene unfold. But that doesn’t really seem to be working in our favor.  For anyone who believes in progress, it’s easy to feel as though we’re held hostage on this here penisula. A …

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Regally ANASTASIA at the Times Union

Anastasia is based on the long-held myth that Grand Duchess Anastasia and her younger brother, Tsarevich Alexei, escaped the family’s assassination in 1918.  In the mass grave that held the parents, only three of the four sisters were found.  Spoilers!  The fourth sister and Alexei were found in 2007, ten years after the animated movie release.  Although the mystic Rasputin (in the movie, but not the play) makes for a great bad guy, he was actually assassinated two years before the Romanovs.  Last, but not least, the Dowager Empress never lived in Paris.  She traveled to England to live with …

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