Opinion

Fall Forward

It was the Fourth of July and the sacred music wouldn’t play. Hundreds of runners, cued up at the start line for the annual Firecracker 5K, conducted at Cascades Park, grew agitated — at 8 a.m., it was hot already…

Calling All Readers!

  So, here’s my conundrum… and a request for help from readers. I recently published an article in which I referred to a husband and wife who were in their mid- to late-80s — an amazing couple, engaged in a…

Great Capacity, Boundless Compassion

In this edition of Tallahassee Magazine, we profile two community projects. One is the product of heart. The other is the product of heft. Stories of refugees and their quest to escape oppression and ethnic cleansing have figured prominently in…

Another Perspective

Kaizsa (rhymes with Asia) is a remarkable black woman who somehow simultaneously managed home, motherhood, work, internships and studies on her way to the bachelor’s degree in strategic communication that she collected in May. She is the kind of person…

Women of Influence

Over the past three years, 15 prominent women, all leaders in their fields of endeavor, have honored my wife, Cherie, by agreeing to participate as speakers in the “Day of Dialogue: Women of Interest” series supported by 850 Magazine, hosted…

The Memory Train

John Brueske / Shutterstock.com I grew up in a railroad town. Wildwood was an important rail yard by virtue of its location in the heart of Florida. Fact is, it had been that way long before my time, and even…

Cashing In My Chips

Finding myself one tweet over the line, I very deliberately, consciously turned off the news and reported to a weekly gathering of optimistic, grounded people who are close to the earth. They are the kind of folks who would line…

Next Time, I’ll Pass On the Strawberry

My wife Cherie and I count travel as one of our chief passions. Over the past 30 years, we have visited six continents and experienced many cultures, in the process learning a great deal about both others and ourselves. When…

Llosa, Not Lost, in Peru

David Zeballos Writer Joseph Zeballos-Roig with a collection of Mario Vargas Llosa’s work on a recent trip to Peru. From Llosa’s books, Zeballos-Roig gained an even deeper appreciation for his home country. When Tallahassee was plunged into darkness by Tropical…

Finding Happiness

Recently, I watched a show on HBO hosted by Bryant Gumbel, who was joined by an Ivy League psychologist. Jointly, the two men interviewed two accomplished individuals — a retired Navy SEAL and a former professional football player. The interviewees…

Wanna Take it Outside?

Paul Simon, of all people, turned me on to it, Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson’s remarkable assessment of life on our planet, “Half-Earth.” Writing in The New York Times, Simon rates the book “compulsory reading” for all who care…

A Connection That Death Cannot Suspend

“I have always believed that the pain of losing someone is directly proportional to the joy you shared in life.” "Dearest Audrey. None of us is ever old enough to lose our Mammas. Sending gentle thoughts. Love, Sally.”  Courtesy Audrey…

Uncovering Secrets

My mother is well shielded from the sun in her bucket hat, long-sleeved gingham windbreaker and long cotton pants. She is seated at the bow of a heavy, open fiberglass fishing skiff and, while her eyes are shielded by sunglasses,…

Make Time for Professional Courtesy

After 25 years in the advertising and marketing business, I am never surprised when a phone call goes unreturned. Rather than becoming offended on such occasions, I let them roll off me like water. Recently, however, I have found myself…

Tales of the Unsung Bumbles

illustration by Charles Bakofsky Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had his hooves full facing down the mighty “Abominable Snow Monster of the North,” a fiend from the darkest reaches of the icy wilderness. But if we stop and think about it,…