A New Year, A New List

January 4, 2012

When it comes to making and keeping New Year’s Resolutions, I’m no different from most others. What starts out as a great intention often gets lost in my day-to-day living.  So, this January, I’m not going to overpromise myself.  Here are a few ideas I’m tossing around for this blog in 2012.

1.  Revamp “The List.”  It’s time to step back and discover what it is I’m trying to accomplish with this list, and in what format I want to organize it going forward.

2.  Art Therapy. I spend a lot of time in the Florida outdoors, now it’s time to add a little more culture. Fortunately Florida provides plenty of opportunities to do just that. One artist I plan to learn more about is Salvador Dali, with a visit to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. 

3.  Panhandle Explorations. I’ve been all over the state, with the exception of the Panhandle. A trip to Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola and others are in order.

4.  Everglades.  I still haven’t entered into the famous swamplands of Florida. This may be the year that changes.

5. Florida Reads. I want to discover writers with Florida ties, and unique writings about Florida itself.

Even with the best of intentions though, it will be the surprises along the way that will undoubtably make the best memories of the year.


Thanks for the Ocean, Dad

June 15, 2011

In honor of Father’s Day this upcoming weekend, I’m reminiscing about my childhood. More specifically, I’m reminiscing about how my Dad made sure I learned to swim before turning 5, how he drove us to Florida every year for vacation, and how we couldn’t wait to get in the ocean!

My Dad and me on the beach; Panama City 1974

When we weren’t in New York or Alabama, we were in Florida. At times it was Panama City Beach, where my mom had a good friend who owned a hotel. Other times it was Coral Springs (and later Delray Beach), where my mom’s twin sister lived.  We also visited Tarpon Springs and the Florida Keys. We even took a cruise out of Miami one year. But it was our times on the beach, in the water, that I remember most.

It was never about Disney World or any other Florida theme park. It was about the ocean, about the sand, about family.  I’d forgotten that.  Now as an adult, when I look at Florida, I overlook the beach as a main attraction, as a family fun destination. It should be at the top of my list because it is truly something to love about Florida.

I’m fortunate my Dad is still here, although he’s no longer able to swim in the ocean. He still enjoys being near it though, whether watching it from the jetty at Ponce Inlet, or from the Flagler Pier.  And although I travel all over the world scuba diving its depths, the Florida shore is what makes me smile the most. 

Thanks for giving me the ocean, Dad. I love you.

Me with my Mom and Dad, Ponce Inlet Jetty, 2009