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May 9, 2020

This Mother’s Day, as I reflect on my mother and her legacy, I am astounded at how much I still miss her to this day, and frankly, how much I teared up while writing this tribute.

This will be the second Mother’s Day I will have to spend without her. It is still hard -...

October 18, 2016

Growing up in Waldo, I had an affinity with sports….particularly football. I loved to watch our high school football team play and, as a kid, dreamed of playing for my small hometown team! The fun, the pageantry, and the camaraderie were all mesmerizing to me. I just k...

October 11, 2016

Upon entering the 7th grade, I started attending school at P.K. Yonge in Gainesville. The dream my parents had for us to attend a small town school all the way through high school had shattered when the County’s School Board decided to consolidate Waldo’s high school w...

September 27, 2016

At the beginning of the summer of my 16th year, I was looking for a job.  Being a teenager was (and is) an expensive endeavor!   Taking girls out on Saturday night cost money, and I had to earn that money myself.

That summer, Mr. Gunter, (all of us kids around...

September 13, 2016

When I was 12 years old, my mother took my siblings and me to Gator Growl, a large pep rally held in the University of Florida’s football stadium, on the Friday evening prior to the Homecoming game. Prior to Growl, there was a pre-Growl which highlighted various high s...

September 6, 2016

In 1948, my parents bought 40 acres in Waldo, FL where they opened a truck stop on Hwy 301 and raised their family. Of all the places in the world, why did they pick Waldo?

This question is compounded by the fact that my family’s roots are deep in rural North Carolina....

January 4, 2016

In my early years, I was fortunate to have people in my life that believed in me and pushed me to do more. Because they helped me see beyond the limits I’d set for myself, I learned a valuable lesson: I can do more than I think.

Back in my early teens in 4-H, I was very...

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