‘I used to be French’: Irreverent and a perfect summer read

About this time of year, we book lovers keep our eyes peeled for potential books for summer reading. Maybe it’s the extended daylight hours. Maybe it’s just the feel of summer in general. Either way, choosing good books for our summer leisure is a tradition we keep. If you’re looking for a book that will at times make you laugh out loud as well as inform you about what it was like to grow up in France in the aftermath of World War II, I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography is well worth your time. Jacques Delacroix penned

Insurance adjuster’s self-pubbed book has enduring shelf life

Some books are read and soon forgotten while others remain relevant for years. The latter is the case for a book by Mandarin (Florida) public insurance adjuster Mark Goldwich.  Uncovered is the sort of book you’d want to keep on your shelf because ultimately, most of us will probably file at least one claim on our property in our lifetime.

With days to go, Cara Burky’s Blue Jay Listening Room nears fruition

Creatives are most definitely what I’ve come to call “thinkative” people. We come up with all manner of ideas, but as with everything else in life, the value is in the doing. Jacksonville Beach currently has a thinkative musician implementing a sensational idea. With just a little bit of help, this pioneer’s dream can become a reality and our community will benefit too.

Indie artists: Do you have a written plan?

When I was in college, I took a job with a successful businessman. I worked for him for years, until I got a job in media. I often joked I should have paid him for an education instead of the university I went to. I learned many things from him, but one of the most valuable was also one of the simplest. 

Indie artist Aaron Watson tops charts with ‘Vaquero’

Aaron Watson is defying the pop culture model again as his latest album Vaquero tops country music charts within two weeks of release. Watson has been relentless in his efforts to take his music directly to his supporters, and he’s done it without the artificial persona and synthetic sounds most big studios create for their entertainers. 

Kentucky bluegrass group masters harmonies, evokes heritage and faith

Kentucky bluegrass group Breakin’ Clay’s video popped up on my Twitter line this morning, and it took only seconds for their voices to create a welcome moment of joy in my workday. When it comes to bluegrass and gospel, the vocals seem to be a challenge for many bands. Not this one. 

Band Mom: What’s behind that band on the stage?

Watching a band develop is proving to be one of the more interesting experiences in my life. I could (and probably should because we have a nearly complete manuscript) publish a book. But there’s one aspect of that experience I want to comment on today. What’s behind that band on the stage? 

Band Mom: Seawalk Festival put Florida musicians in spotlight

I’ve often joked to my husband I can hear good music at a number of places in Florida on a given night, and I don’t have to pay $100 for concert tickets. Community First Seawalk Music festival this past weekend at Jacksonville Beach validated my claim. The festival featured ten bands and closed with country star Josh Turner. The Crazy Daysies opened the festival on Saturday. They were followed by Mama Blue whose voice does for the blues what honey does for toast. All the bands received compliments—some I heard first hand and some can be viewed on the Festival’s

Best-selling indie author rejected big publishing house

Best-selling author Patricia McLinn was part of Harlequin’s house of writers, publishing 25 novels with the big house over a 19 year period. Considering that’s more than a novel a year, it’s obvious McLinn was willing to work hard at her trade. Ultimately, she became dissatisfied with the arrangement and chose to go indie. Why?