Family

The Blended Family: Tips for Wading Through the Murky Waters of Step-Parenthood

The Blended Family: Tips for Wading Through the Murky Waters of Step-Parenthood

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

It’s been 25 years since Kathryn Kvols and her husband, Brian Harper, were married, creating a blended family of six, including her son and his three daughters. The family grew to seven with the birth of their daughter, Briana, five years later. Based on both her struggles and successes within her own family, Kvols, a […]

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5 Tips for Home Fire Escape Planning

5 Tips for Home Fire Escape Planning

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

The fall brings exciting new activities. And, with kids back in school, you can be sure that they are conducting fire drills with their classmates. The NFPA estimates that only one third of American households practiced a home fire escape plan. In the event your family experiences a home fire, you may only have minutes […]

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Fears, Tears & Passing The First AP Exam

Fears, Tears & Passing The First AP Exam

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

I confess I am one of those moms who bought Baby Einstein videos and toys and laid out great plans for her children achieving greatness and curing cancer. We had primary colored building blocks, curious mind-bending toys and little microcosms of wee little people communities. I confess that, secretly, I was just worried about whether […]

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Community

The Lost Confederate Treasure

The Lost Confederate Treasure

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

“What is it about treasure that makes history so fascinating?”Is there buried Confederate treasure in Archer? In the waning days of the Confederacy, a guarded wagon train containing gold and personal effects of exiled President Jefferson Davis arrived at Cotton Wood, David Levy Yulee’s now-vanished plantation. That much is documented. But, speculation about what happened […]

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HUNGER in Alachua County

HUNGER in Alachua County

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

  They shiver in the crisp winter chill, stamping their feet to stay warm. They huddle in the driving spring rain, soggy and patient. When the humid summer sun draws the moisture from the earth, they stand in line sweating. They are beyond wanting food. They need it. They will arrive at a mobile food […]

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Walking Tour Event to Highlight Great African-American Innovators

Walking Tour Event to Highlight Great African-American Innovators

| January 27, 2015 | Reply

A walking tour between the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, and the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention will highlight great African American innovators on Feb. 21, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m. This event will be open and free to the public. “Cotton to the Cade” celebrates African American History Month with a […]

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Charity

Haven Hospice: Community Care & Compassion

Haven Hospice: Community Care & Compassion

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

At the 2014 Run for Haven, 700 runners who were feeling lucky and dressed in green participated in the St. Patrick’s Day-themed 5K and 10K and raised more than $24,000 to provide unreimbursed programs and services to patients and families cared for by Haven Hospice in Gainesville and surrounding communities. Founded in Gainesville in 1979, […]

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SWAG: Making A Difference

SWAG: Making A Difference

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

The children in southwest Gainesville didn’t always have a playground. But, at the SWAG Family Resource Center, a state-of-the-art park is just one of many improvements being made in the community. Through a local grassroots program, people all over town have worked to bring previously unavailable services to the area’s low-income families. The Beginning Within […]

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Guide to Giving

Guide to Giving

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

Whether you are planning charitable giving and volunteerism for yourself, your family or your company, this guide is a great tool to start the journey of discovery. Charitable giving comes in many forms and includes time as well as financial gifts. Thoughtful donors keep a few things in mind as they start to consider why […]

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Home & Garden

Unique Wedding Party Gifts

Unique Wedding Party Gifts

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

  Love is in the air and you are planning a wedding…You’re focused on the dress, the tux, the flowers, is crazy Uncle Steve sitting far enough away from Grandma Rose, and will they like the beef wellington or the grilled sundried tomato chicken? BY Brad & Jenn Fortune There is a lot going on, but […]

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Outdoors with Jon George: A Wild Retreat in the City

Outdoors with Jon George: A Wild Retreat in the City

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

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A Kanapaha Prairie Makeover by Cottage Gardens

A Kanapaha Prairie Makeover by Cottage Gardens

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

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Taste of Gainesville

Berries In Zin

Berries In Zin

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

Wow the crowd with a bowl of delightful, jewel-toned berries in a luscious zinfandel-spiced syrup, topped with Galliano almond cream and flecks of vibrant orange zest. Finish off this festive dish with almond, pink peppercorn and rosemary biscotti that are crispy, piquant and perfect for dipping in the syrup or maybe even a glass of […]

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The Last Word: Recipe by Iron Chef Celebrity Judge Madison Cowan

The Last Word: Recipe by Iron Chef Celebrity Judge Madison Cowan

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

When cooler weather finally arrives in North Central Florida, we crave foods that are a bit heartier with aromas that fill our kitchens. So, when we asked celebrity Taste of Gainesville Iron Chef Judge Madison Cowan to offer his favorite “fall” dish, we were delighted that he satisfied all our fall cravings. Enjoy Madison’s “Sweet […]

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Recipe By Frankie Poe Harvey

Recipe By Frankie Poe Harvey

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

This recipe came about because of the ingredients I had on hand — I simplified it with wontons instead of making my own dough. I hope the easy preparation will inspire you to try new flavors in your everyday cooking! LAMB & BACON RAVIOLIS with BLACK GARLIC-SHIRAZ SAUCE For the Ravioli: ¾ lb. ground lamb […]

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Last Word

The Last Word: Why Taste of Gainesville Matters

The Last Word: Why Taste of Gainesville Matters

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

The 6th Annual Taste of Gainesville is right around the corner and will be held on Mother’s Day, May 10th. Taste was created to support charities that improve the lives of children. In addition to Taste benefitting three phenomenal organizations, there is an exciting Iron Chef competition and the UF Hilton ballrooms are filled with […]

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The Last Word: Best of 2014

The Last Word: Best of 2014

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

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The Last Word: Recipe by Iron Chef Celebrity Judge Madison Cowan

The Last Word: Recipe by Iron Chef Celebrity Judge Madison Cowan

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

When cooler weather finally arrives in North Central Florida, we crave foods that are a bit heartier with aromas that fill our kitchens. So, when we asked celebrity Taste of Gainesville Iron Chef Judge Madison Cowan to offer his favorite “fall” dish, we were delighted that he satisfied all our fall cravings. Enjoy Madison’s “Sweet […]

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Other Recent Posts

A Tribute to My Dad,  Jon Thomas

A Tribute to My Dad, Jon Thomas

| August 7, 2013 | 1 Reply

  Who was Jon Thomas?  Well, quite literally, he was a Clown.  A funeral is a great place to learn some interesting facts about your friends and loved ones.  At my father’s funeral, there were vignettes of his life displayed throughout the funeral home.  Most folks knew him as a funeral director, Rotarian or philanthropist. […]

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Impact of Winning the “Race”

Impact of Winning the “Race”

| August 7, 2013 | Reply

In the last decade or so, educators have seen many major educational initiatives come and go. That’s certainly true in Florida, where the Sunshine State Standards are giving way to the Common Core Standards and the FCAT is giving way to end-of-course exams now — and to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for […]

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Iron Chef Gainesville 2013 Winner Ray Leung

Iron Chef Gainesville 2013 Winner Ray Leung

| August 7, 2013 | Reply

Taste of Gainesville took place June 2 at the Hilton UF Conference Center. The main event at the fourth-annual fundraiser was an Iron Chef competition pitting two-time champion Briton Dumas of Embers Wood Grill against Patrick Jones of Gainesville Country Club and Ray Leung of Dragonfly Sushi. The three chefs each had one hour to […]

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Kayaking the Santa Fe River

Kayaking the Santa Fe River

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

My next few articles will focus on local nature adventures; starting with the Santa Fe River. While you can bring your own equipment, many outfitters can help with your day trip (some will even take your kayak or canoe upstream to a drop off point and pick you up downstream). The most likely sights are […]

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Wicked Chili Chocolate Mousse

Wicked Chili Chocolate Mousse

, | January 29, 2015 | Reply

Chilies and chocolate is an ancient pairing credited to the Aztecs and is one of the best pairings known to man! I can’t think of a better way to heat up your Valentine’s Day than with this luxuriously spicy dessert.INGREDIENTS:8 oz – Bittersweet chocolate, chopped¼ Cup – Butter, cut into thirds4 Tbsp – Dark rum1 […]

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Valentine’s Day Drink Ideas

Valentine’s Day Drink Ideas

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

Are you feeling the pressure to make Valentine’s Day special? Or are you single and trying to decide what wine to drink to celebrate your independence? Whatever your situation, we have some Valentine’s Day drink suggestions for you.ChampagneChampagne is the classic Valentine ’s Day drink and it is easy to see why. It has a […]

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It’s In The Details

It’s In The Details

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

There’s a strong spirit of individualism in the air this new year, with couples keen on infusing their ceremonies and receptions with personality — their own. Couples want to communicate who they are. They want their wedding to beelegant and Magical and exciting for their guests. But they also want all of the pieces to […]

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