Archive for 'First Words'

Postcard from the warm center of the world

Postcard from the warm center of the world

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine The lady in the black parka and snow boots had come a long way for this. The monitor above her at the luggage carousel at FLL showed arrivals from [...]

The wonderful people out there in the dark

The wonderful people out there in the dark

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I remember where I was when the Imperial Star Destroyer filled the big screen in Star Wars. I remember laughing so hard with the audience after seeing E.T. hidden [...]

You’ve got to write a letter to get a letter

You’ve got to write a letter to get a letter

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine Most of my mail does not look like the mail you see on this page. Most of my mail begins something like this: “Dear YY” (Public relations firm, forgot [...]

A series of fortunate events

A series of fortunate events

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I was telling two-time Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd at dinner at the Broward Center last year that I don’t like to drop names. That I consider name-dropping a [...]

Seeing Quebec like a native (in summer)

Seeing Quebec like a native (in summer)

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine At the border with Canada, the U.S. Customs officer asked where we were going. “South Florida?’’ he said, under a bright blue sky and 57 chilly degrees. “Why would [...]

Andy Royston’s beauties from the beach

Andy Royston’s beauties from the beach

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine No one said anything about the spinach between my teeth at the party. No one until I saw the photos, a few days after the party. “Is that spinach [...]

The difference a dad can make

The difference a dad can make

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I’m listening to Joe Rogers as a father who just watched his youngest child graduate from college. I’m listening as a father who still feels sleep deprived from 2 [...]

When you are up to your sawgrass in alligators

When you are up to your sawgrass in alligators

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine Mom sees my post about the alligator in the road up ahead and writes, “You know I don’t like you riding your bike on Alligator Alley.” Mom is 2,000 [...]

Beyond all price: What is luxury to you?

Beyond all price: What is luxury to you?

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I waited until the elegant man in the double-breasted navy blazer and tan slacks was alone in the swirl at Club Colette on Palm Beach before asking my question. [...]

Roman mosaic at FIU: If this floor could talk

Roman mosaic at FIU: If this floor could talk

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine The first thing we know about the old tile floor on display through May at The Frost Art Museum is that we don’t know much about it. Was this [...]