Our best kept secrets

This is something I wrote some time back. But since we’re getting into summer and some of us may still … More

The ‘Glades on a bet

Here’s one of my favorite stories about how the old Florida “Pork Choppers” did “bidness.” One day in 1947, a … More

Look what we’ve done

On Christmas break in 1974 Dave Smith and I took a road trip to Washington, D.C., and on into Pennsylvania. … More

Why the buffalo roam

It’s true that the buffalo don’t have much room to roam on Paynes Prairie. But imagine how cramped their distant … More

Sunrise to sunset

Some cynic (probably me) once described Gainesville as a college town in the middle of the prison belt. But that … More

Invisibles ride among us

Remember Granny? Rose McDonald was a beloved figure among Gainesville’s downtown street person community. Everybody seemed to know and like … More

Cars, cows and trees

I originally wrote this piece several years ago for The Sun. Oddly, with a bit of updating it seems as … More

The Flim-Flam State

Listen, Florida has always been fertile ground for confidence men, quick buck artists, dream weavers and rascals. It’s our history. … More