Editor’s note: I’m tickled to say that even though he didn’t use his rifle to shoot down this year’s magnolia blossom, my husband kept his Mother’s Day tradition alive this year (2017). Here’s the audio version of the chapter called, “Mother’s Day” by Shelley Fraser Mickle. (full written text with pictures can be found … Continue reading A true “Mother’s Day” story about courtship in Cross Creek
Florida lost an environmental giant on March 3rd when John Henry Hankinson, Jr. died. On March 7, 2017 hundreds gathered at the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL for a celebration of his life. The service included not only friends and family, but environmental leaders from across the state and Southeast region of the United … Continue reading Celebrating the Life of John Henry Hankinson, Jr.
By the time I met Will McLean he had already penned most of the hundreds of songs and poems he has become famous for. He’d already performed at Carnegie Hall and made friends with the late Pete Seeger. His glory days performing on the “Old Marble Stage” at the Florida Folk Festival were long … Continue reading My Friendship With “The Black Hat Troubadour” Will McLean
History Revealed: Profile of an Historic Waldo Home and its Inhabitants, Part I A special guest blog from Ellie Floyd, Waldo, FL It sits high on Cracker Hill, an imposing edifice beckoning the visitor to discover its secrets… at least, that’s how I felt upon seeing our home, the Seigler-Kinzer house, for the first … Continue reading History Revealed: Profile of an Historic Waldo Home and its Inhabitants, Part I
(My personal reflection follows this story) September 11th, 2016 marks 15 years since the terrorist attacks which took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania. On May 21st, 2014 the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened to the public for the first time. Those in charge of its design have had … Continue reading The 9/11 Museum and September 11th, 2001—A Personal Reflection
“All the excitement and possible Oscar buzz for Sylvester Stallone has caused me to reflect on one of the most memorable days of my life in Hollywood with the famous actor.” The envelopes with the names of the Oscar winners will be opened in just a few short hours in Hollywood. Among the stars … Continue reading Reflecting on Rocky: My Time As A Movie Extra
Performing has been a personal passion for me since I was a young girl. Though it wasn’t something I pursued professionally, singing and playing has been a fun part of my life and just naturally comes from being raised in a musical family. My dad, Sterling Green, taught me my first few guitar chords when … Continue reading BLOG: “I Love To Sing”
Frog Blog Update: Listen to the latest frog sounds from a swamp after the heavy rain on St. Patrick’s Day: “My frog blog”… So I start this blog paragraph by saying first, that it’s not easy for me to step out of my comfort zone to talk about myself. For four decades as a journalist … Continue reading Feeling ‘One With Nature’ In Cross Creek Update