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

10 Years of Making the Impossible Possible

10 Years of Making the Impossible Possible

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

  LifeSouth President and CEO Nancy Eckert remembers that when she first started talking about hosting a marathon to promote the Five Points of Life in Gainesville, the reaction wasn’t exactly what she expected. “It’s not possible. Gainesville is too small. It’s been tried before and didn’t succeed,” was all part of the litany of […]

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Moonlight & Martinis: Benefitting Al’z Place

Moonlight & Martinis: Benefitting Al’z Place

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

Aging can be an unforgiving process. Anyone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s understands how devastating it is to have a loved one stare at him or her unsure if they’ve ever met them before. Quality care for Alzheimer’s patients is the focus of Al’z Place, a division of Eldercare of Alachua County. On Saturday, […]

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Fibonacci In Nature

Fibonacci In Nature

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

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Charity

10 Years of Making the Impossible Possible

10 Years of Making the Impossible Possible

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

  LifeSouth President and CEO Nancy Eckert remembers that when she first started talking about hosting a marathon to promote the Five Points of Life in Gainesville, the reaction wasn’t exactly what she expected. “It’s not possible. Gainesville is too small. It’s been tried before and didn’t succeed,” was all part of the litany of […]

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Moonlight & Martinis: Benefitting Al’z Place

Moonlight & Martinis: Benefitting Al’z Place

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

Aging can be an unforgiving process. Anyone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s understands how devastating it is to have a loved one stare at him or her unsure if they’ve ever met them before. Quality care for Alzheimer’s patients is the focus of Al’z Place, a division of Eldercare of Alachua County. On Saturday, […]

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Vigil Volunteers & Palliative Care Awareness

Vigil Volunteers & Palliative Care Awareness

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

“You have a whole team in there when you are born, but when you are dying, not everyone is as lucky to have family or friends around them, said Haven Hospice Vigil Volunteer Hazel Hazlett. Hazel describes being a vigil volunteer as a privilege and her friend, Martha, feels the same way. “I think that […]

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Home & Garden

Gainesville Gift Guide

Gainesville Gift Guide

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

         

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Design Ideas: Architectural Features

Design Ideas: Architectural Features

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

As we approach the new year, many of us will be contemplating updates for our homes. I am often asked how to make changes without undertaking the cost and time commitment of a major renovation. While the most economical answer is typically a painting project, another great way to gain visual impact in your home […]

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Kitchen Remodeling: What To Consider, Establishing A Budget & Selecting A Contractor

Kitchen Remodeling: What To Consider, Establishing A Budget & Selecting A Contractor

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

Kitchen remodeling gone wrong can be an intimidating, confusing, frustrating, expensive and lengthy process. On the other hand, with some solid planning up front, it can be a fun, creative and ultimately satisfying experience. Today’s kitchen is so much more than a place to prepare a meal. For many, it’s the room where homework is […]

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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: 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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The Last Word

The Last Word

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

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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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Society Promotions: Giving Back Through Music

Society Promotions: Giving Back Through Music

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

It started with two dollars. In 2007, former Gainesville musician Mike O’Malley and his band, Officer Flossie, played a gig in town and earned a whopping two bucks — quite literally, “whopping,” as for that money, one can buy a Whopper hamburger and nothing else. O’Malley decided to do something about it. He started Society […]

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Keeping Gainesville Hipp

Keeping Gainesville Hipp

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

“At the Hippodrome, we get into people’s heads and shake them up. We get outrageous. Hilarious. Dramatic. Weird. Creative. Our audiences laugh, scream and occasionally squirm, but they always react because we’re showing them a different view of themselves and the world they live in.” – 160over90 Hippodrome Brand Unveil, October 2014 In May, the […]

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Get to Know: Wilson’s Custom Flooring

Get to Know: Wilson’s Custom Flooring

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

Lori Bailey found the perfect home when she and her husband David were moving to Gainesville from Texas – on the outside. The inside was another story. “It was built in 1996, and it had never been updated,” Bailey said. The Baileys decided to gut the home, located in the Parker Road area, and completely […]

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When Steam Was King

When Steam Was King

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

            North Florida has abundant opportunities for people seeking outdoor recreation. Greenways and rails-to-trails projects like the Hawthorne Trail are great examples of how historic land can be converted to meet present day demands for walking, running and cycling. Our area is also home to the Waldo-Melrose Blueway, which is open to kayaks and canoes […]

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