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The Dark Side of Life

The Dark Side of Life

STORY: Leigh Neely+Theresa Campbell+Debbi Kiddy  PHOTOS: Fred Lopez+Provided We live in a beautiful area—lakes, forests, urban growth. But there is a part that we don’t always see: the dark side of what’s happening in our community—homelessness, human trafficking, hunger, teen alcoholism. When we become aware, we find ways to respond in a manner that helps and builds a sense of hope for the future. homelessness…
A Place To Call Home

A Place To Call Home

The familiar adage “birds of a feather flock together” works well when referring to how people with similar experiences find a true bond when they’re together. For many veterans, including those recently returned stateside, that proverb often helps facilitate a successful re-integration into civilian life and may be a key part of the soldier’s survival. Veterans will tell you there’s something validating and comforting about…
Halloween Candy Time!

Halloween Candy Time!

October means Halloween, and the National Confectioners Association predict Americans will spend about $2.6 billion on the October holiday, which falls on a school-night Monday this month. So… what is the most popular Halloween candy? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is America’s favorite Halloween candy, according to Influenster, an online platform. The yummy chocolate-covered peanut butter cups received the most votes in a nationwide poll. Kit…
Black Grapes, Dark Wines

Black Grapes, Dark Wines

Malbec, often called ‘the black wine,’ is produced mostly in Argentina, but the varietal has its roots in Cahors, France, where it has grown since the Middle Ages. This past summer, New World and Old World winemakers faced off during a masterclass at the 6th Annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. French and Portuguese wines represented Europe—the Old World—while California and Australian wines were the…
it’s time for us to see

it’s time for us to see

Every morning I come into work, I see the same homeless man standing outside Walgreens with a sign that says, “Homeless, will work for food.” He is walking back and forth beside the line of cars, as the traffic light turns red, hoping to grab someone’s attention. Then as I get closer to work, I see a woman sleeping on a bench at veteran’s park,…
Six Degrees of Connection

Six Degrees of Connection

A dear friend told me years ago that I embodied the “six degrees of separation” theory more than anyone else she knew. This revelation came when she learned her son’s guitar instructor was my ex-father-in-law’s nephew—someone I barely knew. As time passed, she encountered more of my “connections,” leading her to the conclusion that I truly was the quintessential example of six degrees. Originally based…
I Like to Ride My Bicycle

I Like to Ride My Bicycle

Remember the exuberance and freedom you felt the first time you pushed off on a solo bicycle ride? More than 1,000 cyclists will attend as Mount Dora hosts the 42nd annual Bicycle Festival Oct. 7-9. It is the oldest and largest bicycling event in the state. Bicycling is becoming more and more popular, it’s estimated there are almost 100,000 riders in the United States (data.gov).…
Cuba Pichy’s Cuisine: like dining in Havana

Cuba Pichy’s Cuisine: like dining in Havana

photos: fred lopez If you’re in the mood for authentic, quality Cuban cuisine, then Cuba Pichy’s Cuisine, located in ViaPort Florida Mall in Leesburg, is just what you’re looking for. Named for its owner, the restaurant features a beautiful polished wood bar as you walk in. We were greeted warmly and there was no wait for our table. The server came quickly for drink orders…
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