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Paula F. Howard

Paula F. Howard, RN, finds life a never-ending smorgasbord of people, places, and things of interest. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she has enjoyed a 35-plus year career in business and communications, being recognized for her writing by several national organizations. She then became a registered nurse for another decade, continuing to enjoy serving people, in places, doing things.
G is for grand…the greatest!

G is for grand…the greatest!

The grandparent-grandchild relationship is one most people cherish.  The influence of grandparents on a child depends on their level of involvement, from essential to nonexistent. A child knows the difference. A child with loving grandparents gains wisdom and an emotional…
The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

Gardens are conservation havens for these important insects. Story: Paula F. Howard // Photos: Anthony Rao Have you ever met a butterfly you didn’t like? Probably not.  The colorful butterfly is both predator and prey while being responsible for pollinating…
Motown turns 60!

Motown turns 60!

The distinct musical sound created in Detroit has been heard around the world. The phone rang and I answered as I usually did, “Hello.” “Hi, this is Smokey Robinson, Jayne Kennedy asked me to call,” said a deep and friendly…
Second nature

Second nature

Former ranger Dan Kincaid sees the forest and the trees. The forests are peaceful for me,” says Villager Dan Kincaid, a professional forester for 31 years with the U.S. Forest Service.  Born in West Virginia, where he grew up loving…
Join the club

Join the club

Women find common ground through The Villages’ lifestyle groups. If you’re a woman living in The Villages, you don’t have to be named Elaine to make friends. But it doesn’t hurt. Among The Villages’ 3,000 or so lifestyle social groups…
The right mind

The right mind

Counselor’s hypnosis may heal past traumas in the present. Her soothing voice takes people into a hypnotic trance. Every word is clear. JoAnne Conard, a licensed mental health counselor, has professionally helped—sometimes hypnotized— her clients to erase anxieties, fears, and…
Destination: Adventure

Destination: Adventure

‘We travel not to escape life, but to not let life escape us.’ Motorcycles Since the early 2000s, the Village Nomads Club take three motorcycle rides a week. A Ride Committee selects destinations and posts them on the group’s website,…
Handling life’s trials

Handling life’s trials

Forensic psychologist teaches balanced living and stress relief. As a forensic psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Walters determined whether someone was mentally fit to stand trial. Her specialty was women who were charged with murder. It was stressful for 30 years and…
Here come the Villages

Here come the Villages

Retirement community moves into Leesburg with its newest development. Running a city takes a lot of know-how: how to grow the economy, how to keep people safe, how to keep them secure and happy, and how to handle wastewater, among…
One novel  becomes a series

One novel becomes a series

Three years ago, Ron Miller awoke at 3am and began writing his first novel. An Army veteran, Ron Miller spent 27 years serving during the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras with extended time in Germany. But it was in California…
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