Lifestyle

reclaiming "luxuries"

by kellie abrahamson As most are aware, recent budget cuts have crippled schools all over Florida, leaving kids without supplies for art, instruments for music or teachers for phys-ed. First Coast schools are no exception. Until the schools get more money for these “luxuries” it’s going to be up to us to supplement our children’s educations to ensure they become well-rounded adults. Thankfully there are still resources within the community to help us do just that. art Usually the first to get the axe come budget cut-time is art. This is particularly unfortunate since studies show that kids who are …

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netscapades

by brenton crozier I don’t quite live my life in a football fantasy, well, from the months of February through August anyway. I could go on ad nauseam, with Tolstoy-like verbosity about why football is the best sport in the world and why you should think so too. I will spare you with the understanding that you’ve heard it all before. My mission is to speak to the converted about our vicarious slice of the football dream. Fantasy football, or fantasy sports for that matter, are nerdtastic and by all counts a bizarre concept. Many argue that it skews the …

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notes from the bachelor pad

by troy spurlin Okay, let’s recognize the “white elephant” in the room. That being, the “Unfavorite Things” article from an installment of NOTES FROM THE BACHELOR PAD a few months back . One of the hardest things we have to learn about being men is to recognize and acknowledge truth. And the truth is, that article smelled of ass. There, I said it! Happy dude? Kitchens are tough. They are not just about cooking food, although some of my “foodie” friends might disagree. But, if you are like me, you don’t really cook. I make coffee, I eat granola bars, …

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fall 08 television

by kellie abrahamson Fire up your TiVo! With schools starting and temperatures slowly dropping, at least by Florida standards, summer is officially coming to an end. While not great news for kiddies and sun-worshippers, TV fans everywhere are rejoicing because the all important fall season is upon us and that means quality programming will soon hit the airwaves. The 2008-2009 television season is actually shaping up to be an interesting one so fire up your TiVo and read on for a look at what’s coming to your TV in the coming months. what’s new ABC is, for the most part, …

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happy birthday wjct!

by kellie abrahamson WJCT is a First Coast institution. Throughout the years we’ve seen our local PBS affiliate grow from a small station with three staff members and borrowed equipment into an award-winning community resource that reaches tens of thousands of people through television, radio and the internet. On September 10th WJCT will celebrate the golden anniversary of its very first broadcast. This impressive milestone is one of many for the station. In the early 50s television was comprised of three channels and none of them gave the public a true voice. WJCT changed all that in 1958 when it …

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lazy bitches need not apply

When your house transforms into an island courtesy of the overflowing St. Johns River, you begin to re-evaluate your responsibilities and ask certain questions. Such as, do I really believe a termite and flea-infested house built in 1880 can withstand tropical storm winds? More importantly, if swept away by the river will child-sized flotation devices work just as effectively on two domestic short-haired cats? No matter what life hurls at you, there are always responsibilities to step up to. Embrace responsibility is this column’s mantra. The first type of responsibility you have is to yourself– to never give up, no …

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oldies-but-goldies

by rick grant We oldies-but-goldies (over 50) should know the value of exercise to stay healthy. Indeed, I’ve always believed in vigorous exercise for my entire life, especially now that I’m 67 years old. It keeps my heart muscle healthy, my blood flowing, my weight under control, and improves my quality of life. Whatever else I do to abuse my body, my daily exercise routine helps to balance the scale. Today with the excitement of the Olympic Games still fresh in our minds, everyone is thinking about a way to showoff their athletic abilities to perhaps gain some recognition. So …

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