By Lisa Cyr “I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.” -Albert Einstein Albert Einstein loved to play violin.  In the same way that each person is unique, each musical instrument has a unique attractiveness.  Love at first sight becomes love at first sound.  Like a relationship, one...
Review by Jack Smith It turns out that one of America’s greatest writers lives next store in New Iberia, Louisiana. He is also known to spend time at his second home in Missoula, Montana. He was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936, and spent his first twenty years doing almost...
Review by Jack Smith Planning a trip to St Bart's in the late eighties, I needed enough reading material to last two weeks. I went to Barnes & Noble and found this series on the “just published” rack. As a fan of historical fiction, I thought this might be the...
By Jamie Zimchek Liza Snyder makes art. But she doesn’t just make art, she helps other people of all reasonable ages learn how to make art too, with great patience and a twinkle in her eye. If you’ve had occasion at any point in life to help a seven-year-old paint,...
By Lisa Cyr Love has been on people’s hearts for a long time. In biblical times, David wrote the Book of Psalms, a collection of songs and poetry often speaking of love and devotion towards God. And then there is the Songs of Solomon focused on the adoration of one’s...
Review by Jack Smith I am an avid reader and when the weather is nice, there is nothing better than sitting on the beach enjoying a great read. Last summer I couldn’t help but notice that every other woman appeared to be reading Where The Crawdads Sing. I quickly wrote...
By Jamie Zimchek, Editor In a region deservedly noted for its sunset-centric images, Mark Little’s photography stands out. Slightly irreverent in scope, Little focuses less on the sandy beaches that draw colorful throngs and more on the ever-changing water. “I like how the ocean is unpredictable,” says Little. One minute...
By Marta Rose-Thorpe I want to talk about Art! Recently I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Marlene East, a resident of the Grand Lagoon in Panama City Beach and founder of Marlene East Glass Art (www.marleneeastglassart.com). As oftentimes happens, one interesting person leads you to another. My friend and...
Review by Jack Smith When my wife and I moved to Florida two years ago, we knew extraordinarily little of the state. So my brother-in-law did some research on our behalf and sent us the perfect historical novel, A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith. The book looks at Florida’s...
By Jamie Zimchek “Art is conversation,” says local artist Christon Anderson. You only need a minute with his works to see what he means. In one, a baseball player straddles the painting’s focal point, offset by a torn picture of Bert from Sesame Street, a news clipping, and a ripped...

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