Words become weapons in the world of online reviews - Retail

Words become weapons in the world of online reviews

Is it just me, or are online retailers getting a bit pushy with their guilt-inducing emails, begging for a good review – or at the very least,...
Q-Mitch – Southernmost sass and sweet tea - A close up of a stuffed animal - Weekly Newspapers

Q-Mitch – Southernmost sass and sweet tea

Key West is full of characters, but few are more colorful — literally, metaphorically, however you slice it — than Q-Mitch Jones. The bearded big man is...
Three fascinating novels about amnesia - A close up of a sign - Florida Keys

Three fascinating novels about amnesia

A bonk on the head or seemingly innocent bite from a mosquito and suddenly you can’t remember your own name. It’s hard to imagine not knowing where...
Astrology Column

Barstool Astrology: What the stars have in store

Welcome to the onset of autumn, star children. Next week’s full moon falls close to the equinox, earning it the title of “harvest moon.” In addition to...
Certification through Sea Base a memorable experience - A person in a pool of water - Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, Boy Scouts of America

Certification through Sea Base a memorable experience

It’s 7:45 a.m. on a Thursday at the Florida Sea Base in Lower Matecumbe Key. Boy Scout packs from around the U.S. line up in front of...
Learning to Dive Part I - A screenshot of a cell phone - Recreational Dive Planner

Learning to Dive Part I

Living in the Florida Keys, getting one’s diving certification seems like a no-brainer. There are year-round opportunities to get out on — and under — the water,...
Learning to Dive Part II - A man holding a hot dog in a body of water - Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, Boy Scouts of America

Learning to Dive Part II

If you missed the last, information-soaked installment of “Learning to Dive,” in short, I learned a lot about depth and time and was humbled by the rigor...
Predicting Academic Success (or, What did I do with that crystal ball?) - A stack of flyers on a table - South Fork Union School District

Predicting Academic Success (or, What did I do with that crystal ball?)

I’m sure it irritates the current generation of school-age kids just as much as it used to bother me. No sooner are we past the Fourth of...
Legislative Session has Ended … is Gov DeSantis a Friend of the Keys? - A man smiling for the camera - Ron DeSantis

Legislative Session has Ended … is Gov DeSantis a Friend of the Keys?

by Chris Massicotte I will say up front that I am no fan of Ron DeSantis and the Republican controlled legislature. This legislative session saw Florida arming...
The Trouble with Hemingway … and Women - Ernest Hemingway with his mouth open - Ernest Hemingway

The Trouble with Hemingway … and Women

I’ll warn you: I’m having a Papa’s Pilar Blonde at 1:53 p.m. on a work day in order to conjure the words necessary to write about Hemingway,...