Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Village Edition

IT’S A GUY THING

IT’S A GUY THING

Women often forge deep and lasting friendships with other women, some within minutes of meeting one another. But what about the men? Do they get as close to their male counterparts as women do with their gal friends? How do…
Celebrating Dad

Celebrating Dad

Like many Villagers, my father is no longer with me. But in my memories? Well, that’s another story. Decades ago, I was lucky enough to have my memory banks filled to overflowing with vignettes of picnics in the country, baseball…
BOOK CLUB: Ordinary Grace

BOOK CLUB: Ordinary Grace

As the summer of 1961 begins in New Bremen, Minnesota, 13-year-old Frank Drum and his younger brother Jake are about to attend the funeral of their young friend, Bobby Cole, who was killed while playing on the railroad tracks. Bobby…
IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is <em>Always</em> a Pleasure

IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is Always a Pleasure

Administrative Professionals Day is April 27. It was once called Secretary’s Day. When I saw this online, it caused me to pause and think about all of the people, both administrative and other support personnel, that we as Villagers interact…
Don’t Give Up Before The Miracle Happens

Don’t Give Up Before The Miracle Happens

PHOTOS: Pat Jocelyn+Fred Lopez Call it intuition, or a God thing, but when Villager Sandy Jensen saw a short blurb in the newspaper about an upcoming fundraiser for Villagers for Veterans, a local nonprofit that helps critically injured veterans, she…
MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

PHOTO: Pat Jocelyn Rob Newton knew he wanted to be a radio broadcaster when he was growing up in the Ozarks, listening to local disc jockey Mark Foster. It wasn’t until years later the Missouri native had his first opportunity…
Love always finds a way

Love always finds a way

PHOTOS: Pat Jocelyn+Mike Busa+Wendy Verner Mike Busa found himself visiting his parents, who live in The Villages, more often. Living alone in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, Mike’s life was quickly evolving into a solitary existence. He was lonely—very lonely. One evening…
IN THE VILLAGES: A Celebration of Women

IN THE VILLAGES: A Celebration of Women

International Women’s Day is March 8. It’s an annual day that recognizes women around the world for their social achievements and political and economic contributions. For me, it’s not just about national or international notables receiving accolades. It’s also about…
BOOK CLUB: The storied life of A.J. Fikry

BOOK CLUB: The storied life of A.J. Fikry

A charming ode to books and the local bookstore Widower A.J. Fikry owns the only bookstore on remote Alice Island, a summer tourist destination off the coast of Massachusetts. Part curmudgeon, part literary connoisseur, and short story aficionado, Fikry isolated…
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