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Pat Jocelyn

Pat Jocelyn worked at IBM for 28 years where she held several staff and managerial positions and taught management and employee development classes. After her retirement, she started a second career in journalism and has won several Florida Press Club awards for her insightful and heartfelt feature writing.
IN THE VILLAGES: Villages Gals Think Ink

IN THE VILLAGES: Villages Gals Think Ink

It seems like more and more women in The Villages are sporting tattoos, or what many call body art. From a modest red rose on the ankle, to a more obvious “full sleeve” of body art on the arm, to…
MEET A VILLAGER: Walter and Janice Martin

MEET A VILLAGER: Walter and Janice Martin

African-American residents appeared to be few and far between when Walter and Janice Martin moved to The Villages in 2004. Although comfortable in their new environment, discovery of the African-American Club enhanced the martin’s ability to meet and develop solid…
Masterful Teaching

Masterful Teaching

“If something good hasn’t happened yet, it means you aren’t at the end of your painting – know the magic is there waiting for you – know something good happens in the end.” – Arrachme “Take chances, be bold and…
A Life Ruled by Alcohol

A Life Ruled by Alcohol

“I never said, ‘Hey, give me a double of that stuff that cost me my wife; give me another shot of that stuff that never got me promoted; give me some of that DUI.’” – Joe “We were going through…

MEET A VILLAGER: Maria Del Carmen Rottenburg

You Can Do Anything Maria Del Carmen Rottenburg left behind her privileged lifestyle, dissolved an engagement and dealt with a total disinheritance. Through it all, this South American native never lost her positive outlook. STYLE: Maria, can you describe your…
Unsung Heroes of The Villages

Unsung Heroes of The Villages

Full-time Villagers surely remember those not-so-long-ago humid summer days that continuously hovered in the mid-90s. They turn carefully coiffed hairdos into limp messes and transform neatly creased shorts into wrinkled and damp heaps of cotton. Now we’re into winter —…
MEET A VILLAGER: Ron Strafford

MEET A VILLAGER: Ron Strafford

PHOTO: Matthew Gaulin Sightless in a Sighted world Ron Strafford, 80, and his wife of 57 years, Angie, discuss Ron’s decades-old diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that eventually led to his blindness. More than 50 years ago, Village of…
IN THE VILLAGES: Random acts of kindness make all the difference

IN THE VILLAGES: Random acts of kindness make all the difference

Villagers are renowned for their seemingly endless generosity. We read often about clubs, churches and businesses in our community that raise thousands of dollars for local charities or dedicate hundreds of volunteer hours to worthy causes. That said, it’s not…
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