Hays Blinckmann

Hays Blinckmann is an oil painter, author of the novel “In The Salt,” lover of all things German including husband, children and Bundesliga. She spends her free time developing a font for sarcasm, testing foreign wines and failing miserably at home cooking.

Big Wood this Weekend: Woodworking fest takes town

“Don’t miss the forest for the trees,” the old proverb goes, and for the next month, Key West is going to be an incredible forest, so don’t miss it. Highlighting one of the world’s greatest natural elements, wood, The Studios of Key West, along with local artists and galleries,...

Diesel Plant slated for Museum, Brewery in Key West

Just one year ago, a wrecking ball was inches away from Bahama Village’s Keys Energy Services diesel plant. Thanks to public outcry, the call went out to save the historic buildings and the Key West Art and Historical Society stepped up to the city commission podium. When the bid...

The New Tax Plan: Breaking Down What it Really Means

Death and taxes: both are inevitable, neither is predictable.  President Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, approved in 2017, is now taking effect and it has are some major changes. The idea behind the act was to take less out of worker’s paychecks, giving them more money in the...

The ‘Lost Prince’ – Mewshaw writes of complex friendship with Conroy

Writers are innately complex. If they weren’t, they probably wouldn’t be writers, or at least not very good ones. Put two in a room, and stories get a lot more interesting. Michael Mewshaw, an acclaimed author, journalist and Key West resident, has recently published “The Lost Prince: a Search...

Two Paws Up! New Florida Keys SPCA Facility Opens

One of the most touching moments in literature was between a pig and a spider. “‘Why did you do all this for me?' he (Wilber) asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous...

The Newlywed Game: 20 Questions with the Coopers

They fell in love with each other and then fell in love with Key West, both at first sight. Jimmy and Joanna Cooper still act like newlyweds after 30 years together, and that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about: love, commitment and lots of humor. It was as simple...

Vince Neil ready to rock the Keys

He’s the antidote for snowflakes. Vince Neil, lead singer of Mötley Crüe, is a hardcore, down and dirty rock 'n’ roller, who delivers that soul-pounding sound that feels so good. He’s got a jaw-dropping past and a hidden sweet spot for his “Crüe” that keeps him loud and proud...

Air Supply bringing timeless tunes to Key West

There was a time people only listened to music in the car and woke to top ten hits on the clock radio. Back in the '80s, songs seemingly came from everywhere (thank you Publix, which still pipes the tunes of our youth), launching iconic legends like Air Supply, the...

The Majesty of the Monarch Fading – Rapid population decline of the monarch butterfly reported

A disturbing report has recently been published concerning the iconic monarch butterfly. Tragically, their population is dwindling at an alarming rate. Known for its iridescent orange and black tiger like markings, the monarch is a familiar sight along both east and west coasts of the United States. The Xerces...

Yes, Amendment 4 is Valid – Convicted felons are now able to vote

As of Jan. 8, 2019, Florida’s Amendment 4 went into effect, restoring voting rights to potentially 1.2 million to 1.4 million Florida residents with a criminal history. Newly elected Gov. Ron DeSantis created a media kerfuffle back in December, saying that until state legislators worked on the “implementing language,”...

DMP in the House – Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell checks in from the Hill

On January 3, Florida’s 26th district new representative Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was sworn into the House of Representatives and began serving her constituents immediately. At the official ceremony, 40 plus members of Mucarsel-Powell’s family attended, including her father’s Ecuadorian relatives, illustrating how she brings diversity and variety to the...

Book Signing Saturday: New Erotica For Feminists

Sorry boys, this one is for the girls. Whether a zygote or Betty White, any woman can relate to the latest literary buzz, “New Erotica For Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, & Equal Pay,” written by four women comedians: Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor and Carrie Wittmer....