Archive for 'First Words'

South Florida: see it like a non-native

South Florida: see it like a non-native

  For years, the only natives we knew here were our children. We had seen them born in the delivery room, so we were sure – at least for in-state tuition purposes – they’d entered the [...]

A pool and his money

A pool and his money

I am sitting by my pool, sipping something cool on a summer’s afternoon, when, suddenly, I start to worry. The water level in the pool does not look right, I decide after long scrutiny from my [...]

A chance to meet Roger Federer is lost at sea

A chance to meet Roger Federer is lost at sea

By Mark Gauert I started to worry I was going to miss my meeting with Roger Federer when the captain slowed the engines, 10 miles off Miami. One minute you’re sitting on a lounger on a Sea [...]

You can run from the AARP, but you can’t hide

You can run from the AARP, but you can’t hide

I knew what to watch for in the mail last month because we’d just celebrated a Big Birthday at home. Nobody had prepared me for the letter I received a few years earlier after celebrating my Big [...]

The winters of our contentment

The winters of our contentment

  Editor’s note: We’re turning this space over to an actual snowbird this issue – contributing writer Dave Wieczorek, a former South Floridian who now lives in Chicago. It’s been a long, hard winter for him, [...]

How to spot a fake wine connoisseur

How to spot a fake wine connoisseur

I’m looking over the wine list at lunch with Shari Gherman, president of the American Fine Wine Competition, and I’m getting nervous. Gherman has just come off judging the seventh annual edition of South Florida’s home-grown, [...]

The Peaks & Valets of driving in South Florida

The Peaks & Valets of driving in South Florida

Some people have love stories, some people have war stories. I have valet stories. Like the time I was with my father, who was driving a rental when we pulled into a nice restaurant on the [...]

My Fantasy camp: one-on-one with Miami Heat

My Fantasy camp: one-on-one with Miami Heat

My first thought, hearing that I was going to play Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Ray Allen in basketball at AmericanAirlines Arena was, of course, I have nothing to wear! What does one wear on a [...]

The gifts that we give to ourselves

The gifts that we give to ourselves

I look for gifts that say South Florida, but all I find is beach debris. A “Sealife Natural Driftwood Bundle,” defined as “a piece of driftwood, seastar and twine,” for $11.99 on Amazon.com. A “Jellyfish on LED [...]

Beeping  With the  Enemy, Revisited

Beeping With the Enemy, Revisited

  Editor’s note: This column was one of three entries that won 1st place last month at the Society for Features Journalism’s national conference at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. The column has been [...]