Magazine
A Lesson in Stewardship September 20th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Pop was a cheapskate—at least that’s what I once thought. A fishing rock star to me and my childhood friends, Pop wandered streams and lake shores picking up lures, hooks and other tackle snagged on submerged logs or rocks, or...


Dive Deep With Underwater Adventures September 20th, 2018 by Pamela A. Keene

Take a dive into the underwater world off the coast of Florida with a couple of unusual attractions. Jules’ Undersea Lodge is part of Key Largo Undersea Park. It bills itself as the United States’ only underwater hotel. In addition to...


Of Clouds and Dreams September 20th, 2018 by David LaBelle

I spent many wonder-filled afternoons lying on my back in spring pastures or early summer hayfields watching cotton clouds lumber across blue skies. It was a magical, entertaining, curiosity-filled time, my dreams floating upward, attaching to slow-moving shapes before disappearing...


Native Spirit September 20th, 2018 by Pam Blair

Ben Liggin Sr. showcases Native American culture to honor history of indigenous people Story by Pam Blair Photos by David LaBelle From an early age, culture was important to Ben Liggin Sr. The son of missionary parents, Ben spent eight...


Reshaping Women’s Lives September 20th, 2018 by Brandon Pomrenke

Wauchula-based nonprofit supports women looking to escape a painful past Nestled in the tranquil town of Wauchula is a place of mental and spiritual respite and rebuilding for women seeking an escape from addiction or to rebuild their lives after...


Venturing Outside the Lines August 20th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Remember when you learned to color in school? You were taught to stay within the lines. Yet there was always that kid who couldn’t resist the temptation to color outside the lines. For some of us, that tendency is inherent...


Connected to the Earth August 20th, 2018 by Marcy Chapman

Myakka woman reclaims herbal heritage, combining old and new worlds The remarks of the tour guide could have been alarming. “There’s spiderwort and mugwort,” she says, pointing to the ground. “You are stepping on a lion’s mane. Careful around those...


A Formula to Grow Your Photo-Storytelling Skills August 20th, 2018 by David LaBelle

Each year, I give dozens of assignments designed to help students grow their narrative storytelling skills. I have found one exercise that best challenges and strengthens the skills of beginner documentary photographers: documenting a local barbershop. Like finding a physical...


An Underwater Miracle Worker August 20th, 2018 by Colette Boehm

Edd Sorenson helps improve the odds of cave-diving rescues It was 2012. Four cave divers had gone into the water at Merritt’s Mill Pond in the Blue Springs Recreation Area near Marianna in northwest Florida. Only three came out. That...


In Good Hands July 20th, 2018 by Pam Blair

Coral Restoration Foundation program manager leads the effort to bring Florida’s reef back from the brink of extinction For many people, the health of coral reefs is an out of sight, out of mind problem. “Unless you live by the...