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Cracker Thursday: Classic Cracker

By the middle of the 19th century, the adventurous family-oriented pioneering homesteaders whose development we have been observing would have gained enough self-confidence from independently eeking out a living in the Florida scrub that they now set to planting fairly large acreage of citrus, cotton or tobacco with the sheer audacity that these might be  >> READ MORE

Ghosts Wednesday: Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore Vol. 2

In addition to screams heard from both the inside and outside, the sounds of muffled crying are sometimes heard floating through the broken windows to the parking lot bellow. From time to time people have heard the sounds of a dog whimpering and its tags or chains jingling as if it were running down the  >> READ MORE

Travel Tuesday: A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions

In tiny Palmdale near Lake Okeechobee, Gatorama opened in 1957 and still thrives. The attraction features a 1,000-foot boardwalk to enable visitors to view thousands of alligators and crocodiles along with a pair of Florida panthers, bobcats, skunks, raccoons, and exotic animals such as peacocks, African tortoises, macaws, and kinkajous (a South American mammal related  >> READ MORE

Poetry Monday: Causeway

Now that the causeway spans the channel The venerable ferry is up for sale. Mainland traffic edges out, bringing Timetables, souvenirs, a new breed of trader. The islanders go indoors, harboring their secrets. But the birds line the causeway railing To get a better view. Perched midway Between tradition and progress, they enjoy A little  >> READ MORE

Poetry Monday: Dog Island

Coming out from Carrabelle South through the veering channel Into Saint George Sound Past the weathered docks and sheds Of the fishery with its pungent near-rot Of salt and fish odors, the unaccustomed Stinging spray and hollow slap Of the pummeled hull, sunglare A white maze over the whipping awning, I crouch, palest of landsmen,  >> READ MORE

History Sunday: The Edisons of Fort Myers

Except for the “chief weed stalkers,” the Fort Myers laboratory staff of seven men had arrived on January 16, 1929, ahead of the Edisons. The weed stalkers were on their way, after scouring the landscape in New Mexico and Arizona for plant specimens. Mrs. Edison planned a surprise for her husband and secretly had a  >> READ MORE

Gardening Saturday: Natural Florida Landscaping

Some natives will thrive in your landscape while others won’t. Why? The answer is that the ones that thrive are probably a part of the natural grouping of natives that once grew in what is now your yard. The soils around your foundation may be imported fill dirt used to raise your home above the  >> READ MORE

Nature Friday: The Everglades

East, in the pale-green inshore currents the hordes of fighting fishes ran, the sharks and the barracuda, the mackerel, the bonito, the wahoo, the kingfish and the amberjack, moving in from the deeps to spawn and feed in the shoals. The crowded the bays and rivers. The silver mullet jumped before them among hissing acres  >> READ MORE

Cracker Thursday: Alligator Gold: a Cracker Western

The sun rose slowly on the eastern horizon. Hawk was enjoying the freshness of the morning. All around him, he could hear and see birds and small creatures waking up and beginning another day. Beau cantered along easily in huge ground-covering strides. The power of the animal always impressed Hawk. He could feel the strength  >> READ MORE

Ghosts Wednesday: Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore

When he looked into the dark waters, he saw a most horrific sight: the bleach-white face of a man, his blank eyes sockets staring up at him and his mouth opening and closing as if trying to scream! Well, it’s not surprising when the crewman lunged back into his boat, screaming to the others, “I  >> READ MORE