‘Full Circle’



May The Circle Be Unbroken

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, October 2010 • My dad was a bluegrass guitar picker and one of the tunes that I remember him strumming quite frequently was “Will the Circle be Unbroken?”—a classic song first recorded in 1935 by the Carter Family and later remastered by my generation’s Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I’m not sure I ever knew the meaning of the lyrics, but they were haunting and sad, yet hopeful that a new day was around the corner. As I write my final Full Circle column for Lake & Sumter Style magazine, I am sad...

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The Things We Would Ask

Posted by on Sep 1, 2010 in Florida Press Club 2011 Winners!, Full Circle | 0 comments

Florida Press Club Second Place Winner for Commentary Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, September 2010 • DOWNLOAD THE PUBLISHED MAGAZINE LAYOUT HERE. My husband and I have always been inexplicably drawn to Eustis. Over the last decade of Florida living, we’ve visited the small lakeside town many times. Of course, we figured this was because of the delightful Bay Street Players Historic State Theatre, the wonderful restaurants, and the magnificent views along Lake Eustis. What other reasons did we need? We found a much greater...

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The Power of Print

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, April 2010 • “Lord, there were a lot of lovely books once, before we let them go.” —Professor Faber to Guy Montag, Fahrenheit 451 Technology is great, but it’s also becoming quite scary. Has anyone stopped to think how dependent we are on items that have to be charged on a regular basis? When I wrote this original column in the winter of 2010, more than 150,000 people near the nation’s capital were without electricity for a week because of a blizzard. Since then, we’ve had tropical...

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Playing Fair

Posted by on Aug 1, 2009 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, August 2009 • At my small-town high school, girls sports teams were virtually non-existent. The co-ed tennis team was the only opportunity for girls to compete, but it was still male-dominated. I, like many of you, graduated before the federal law known as Title IX established gender equality in athletic programs. More than 37 years after Title IX was passed, the law is still as controversial and confusing as it was in 1972. The debate reached a new crescendo in Florida this summer after the...

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Cute Girls, Fabulous Women

Posted by on May 1, 2009 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, May 2009 • When I count my blessings in life, my women friends rank among my biggest and best. A quick phone call or a brief e-mail message from any one of them can lift my spirits instantly. I remember someone once telling me when I was a teenager that boyfriends would come and go, but girlfriends would be there in the end. In my case, it turned out to be true. A handful of girlfriends have laughed, cried, giggled, hugged, and cheered with me through life’s ups and downs. One of my favorite...

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The Hardest Decision

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, March 2009 • It was a rainy night in Georgia, and not the kind of night when a woman who is alone wants to hear a thumping at her patio door. I had to decide if I was brave enough to peak outside. The thump, thump, thump continued. I looked out and saw nothing. Then a louder thump from the bottom of the glass caused me to nearly jump out of my skin. I saw a drenched creature that looked like Yoda staring back at me. It took a couple of seconds before I realized it was the tiny cat that I’d seen...

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Puppy Love

Posted by on Jul 1, 2008 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, July 2008 • My cat Maachka loves two things: catnip and Bruno, the Yorkshire terrier who lives next door. Occasionally— usually around dinnertime—she has a glimmer of admiration for whoever is opening a can of cat food. But for the most part, it’s Bruno she yearns for from the confines of our lanai. The one thing she can’t stand is my other cat, Duncan, but that’s another story. The mystery to me is why a cat whose name means “cat” in Slovakian would love a dog more than a fellow feline. I...

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Home Office Harmony

Posted by on Feb 1, 2008 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, February 2008 • Now that cooler weather is here, I’ll move back inside to work. On warm days I usually took my laptop to the lanai because I was never comfortable in my home office. I could never put my finger on why I had an aversion to that sunny room at the front of the house—supposedly a perfect place for writing. After researching an article about Feng Shui, an ancient Eastern art that addresses balance and harmony in our surroundings, I decided that maybe my home office wasn’t so...

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Growing Up with Golf

Posted by on Oct 1, 2007 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, October 2007 • I’m a firm believer that kids, especially teens, stand a better chance of staying out of trouble if they are active in sports, arts, music, volunteer work, or any organized extracurricular activity. My parents never failed to remind me that they also thought “idle minds were the devil’s workshop.” At the time, I probably didn’t think I was one of the lucky ones, but now I know that God smiled down on me when he gave me such strict parents. When I was in about the 10th grade, I...

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Hills and Valleys

Posted by on Jun 1, 2007 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, June 2007 • I’ve loved riding bicycles ever since I received my first two-wheeler on my fifth birthday. I rode all my life, except when I lived in Atlanta. If you’ve ever driven there, you know that no explanations are necessary. The city’s congested streets were no place for weekend cyclists like me. So bike trails actually helped to convince me that Florida was the place for me. And the flat cart trails where I ride near my home in The Villages are icing on the cake. Notice my emphasis on the...

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Coming Full Circle

Posted by on Jan 1, 2007 in Full Circle | 0 comments

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, January 2007 • As I begin to write my first column as associate editor of Lake & Sumter Style, I can’t help glancing over at an old upright Underwood Standard typewriter that sits in the corner of my office. The clunky contraption reminds me of a similar machine that I used many years ago to write lifestyle features for a small daily newspaper in Mississippi. As the new kid in the newsroom, I got the left-over metal desk and a clunky, old black Underwood that the seasoned writers did not...

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