Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little

Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike's life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.
Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike’s life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.

Friends and supporters of photographer Mike Hamilton will converge at 1904 Music Hall on Sunday, October 6, to celebrate his life.

Jacksonville’s music community is rallying to help the family of Mike Hamilton, the photographer who gave so much and asked so little in return. Spearheaded by Crystallea Monroe, Mike’s partner and friend, a celebration of his life will take place at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville on Sunday, October 6. A time for the event will soon be announced once all the plans are fully in place, so keep the date open. Continue reading “Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little”

On US Independence Day, praise Mr. Smith who didn’t go to Washington

July 4 is a big day in our family because it’s a holiday bringing us together to enjoy the outdoors, grill some great food, and pop off fireworks. We do all this, and we say a blessing of thanks for the country we live in. When I think of gratitude, I’m not thinking of gratitude to the government. I think of gratitude to everyday Americans who make this country what it is. On this July 4, I’m thinking of a non-celebrity hero who took it upon himself to help others, and it had nothing to do with a government mandate or lobbying some politician in Washington for federal dollars. Continue reading “On US Independence Day, praise Mr. Smith who didn’t go to Washington”

With ‘Jockeys and Juleps’, Jax Junior League puts hats, bow ties in limelight

Shown here on this trading card is the 1887 winning jockey Isaac Lewis who was only 17 years old at the time. (Image: US Library of Congress)
Shown here on this trading card is the 1887 winning jockey Isaac Lewis who was only 17 years old at the time. (Image: US Library of Congress)

If you’re a Kentucky Derby fan, chances are you mark the yearly event with some sort of gathering. We usually do that in our family, although this year my husband and I can’t because we’ll attend a personal event not related to the Derby. Various organizations sponsor events, and this year, the Junior League of Jacksonville has put together an event guaranteed to spotlight the fun in the word fundraising. There’s an artistic aspect to the Derby, although you may not have thought of it. There’s a contest to see whose “art” is the best, as a matter of fact. Continue reading “With ‘Jockeys and Juleps’, Jax Junior League puts hats, bow ties in limelight”

Combat flip flops—a “mission” to manufacture “stoke”

During a TED talk in 2015, Matt Griffin told the audience he and some of his fellow military veterans bet they could “manufacture stoke.” He’s talking about the same term we use when we say, “I’m stoked!” After serving in war zones and seeing combat up close and personal, Griffin and his fellows turned that stoke into a fashionable item popular in my home state of Florida and in others too—the combat flip flop. I didn’t know about Griffin’s venture until we experienced it personally here at home. Continue reading “Combat flip flops—a “mission” to manufacture “stoke””

Helping up close and personal: Wee Pub South to host fundraiser

Poster for Fundraiser/Wee Pub South (St. Mary's, GA)
Poster for Fundraiser/Wee Pub South (St. Mary’s, GA)

Imagine losing your husband, and then having to deal with cancer yourself. I’ve watched families go through crises like this, and sometimes, the challenges can seem overwhelming. St. Mary’s (GA) is a tightly knit community, and local restaurant Wee Pub South is going all out to help a woman who has a lot on her plate right now.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the pub will host a fundraiser.  Continue reading “Helping up close and personal: Wee Pub South to host fundraiser”