WILD THINGS: SCUTES & SHITE-POKES AT THE BLUE HOLE

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I was up at the Blue Hole on Big Pine the other day, standing on the platform, staring at the gator in the shallow water below, watching...

How a trip down memory lane can build your confidence

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A trip down memory lane can twist and turn in all different directions. The memories can be anything from good, bad, sad, or a “Wow! I can’t...

SEX, DRUGS & PALM TREES: LOCAL COLLECTS STORIES FROM GOOD OLD DAYS

I’m not exactly a green plantain, but as someone who landed in Key West a little over eight years ago, I also don’t yet have much Conch...

A dead whale washed up in the Everglades. Turns out, it’s a new species...

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In January 2019, a 38-foot, 30-ton whale washed up on Sandy Key in the Everglades. I happened to be camping at Flamingo, by chance, and ran over...

CRAZY LITTLE BOOKS ABOUT LOVE

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This is a funny year to break out the Valentine hearts and chocolates. Couples who have been quarantined together could probably use a little distance. On the...

OPINION: I HATE STENCILS, AND HERE’S WHY …

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I have a red hot hatred for stencils. I know that’s an inflammatory statement, but hear me out.  Stencils are, or should be dammit, the last port of...

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH; TAKE CARE OF YOURS

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In 1964, President Johnson declared February as American Heart Month, 9 years after his heart attack. Since then, every president has continued with the February tradition. Why...

MILES TO GO: LET’S TALK FOOTBALL — 3 WORDS I NEVER THOUGHT I’D WRITE

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OK, let’s talk football. Wow. There’s three words I never thought I’d type. Before we start, let me clarify. This “talk” will be well beneath most of you...

WILD THINGS: YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE STANDARDS

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It’s not that my wife hates birdwatching. She just has very stringent standards for when she will go. The idea of walking around for hours, staring into bushes,...

WILD THINGS: COUNTING ON THE BIRD COUNT

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The 121st Christmas Bird Count, Key West edition, started with Ellen Westbrook and three guys named Mark (Songer, Whiteside and me) standing at the foot of White...