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The first year I was eligible to vote was 1996. It was the year Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole (and Ross Perot) in a pretty decisive victory. I'd love to tell you that I remember being a first-time voter...
A 12-year-old girl from Atlantic Beach has tragically become Duval County's first pediatric death from COVID-19, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. Elizabeth McNew, a graduate of Atlantic Beach Elementary School and a virtual student at...
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday, and in a terrible year of terrible years, this was really just the bitter icing on an already spoiled cake. Whether you agree with her politics or not, the truth...
If you're a Xennial like me — that's someone born right on the cusp of Gen X and Millennials — then you probably have a lot of fond memories of American Girl. Back in my day (when I had...
Right now, California is burning. The El Dorado Fire has burned over 12,000 acres near the San Bernardino National Forest, with an estimated 21,000 people forced to evacuate. And, ridiculously, it's all because of a gender reveal party. Some expectant...
I've long admitted to being a self-professed nerd, and that has meant raising my kids on a steady diet of all things Star Wars, DC, and Marvel. One of our favorite comic book superheroes is Black Panther, brought so...
Parents on the First Coast have good reason to be on edge lately. Thomas Hazouri, Jr., son of former Mayor and president of the City Council Tommy Hazouri, was recently arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. This allegation...
Earlier this year, everything was normal — relatively speaking, anyway. Now, we live in a COVID world, where everyone is wearing masks and social distancing. It's hard on everyone, to say the least. But as we've adjusted, people have...
On May 26, 2020, I, like many, watched the numerous protests in response to the unjust death of George Floyd. It was hard to not watch. In the days to come, I was still watching, and as a parent,...
For the past few weeks, I have been surrounded by stories of people I know testing positive for COVID-19. It seems I have gotten notifications from every restaurant, gym, and business I have ever frequented about a positive case...
Nine months ago, the idea that Jacksonville would need to impose a city-wide mask mandate would seem ridiculous. If you told me back then that a mask mandate would be required, I doubt I would have believed it. The...
Who knew three months ago that things like handshakes, hugs, and access to your own salt shaker on a table at a restaurant would become distant memories. Or at the very least that they would be things that we...

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