Archive for 'First Words'

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 [...]

Caring afar for someone with breast cancer

Caring afar for someone with breast cancer

By Mark Gauert I get the news standing up; but soon I feel like sitting down. “I was just diagnosed with breast cancer,” my sister writes, “and will have to have surgery.” We joke in my [...]

The best souvenir: The photo we found, after 9/11

The best souvenir: The photo we found, after 9/11

When we checked into the Embassy Suites in lower Manhattan the evening of Sept. 7, 2001, the nice man at the front desk gave our boys bags of goodies to play with during their stay. Among [...]

The (nearly) irresistible charms of a super car

The (nearly) irresistible charms of a super car

I like cars, but I’ve never been very good at buying them. “What’s wrong?” my wife said early the morning after I’d bought an SUV. “Oh, nothing to worry about,” I whispered in the dark. “Go [...]

The stories The Onion must have overlooked

The stories The Onion must have overlooked

 Speechwriters for the Obama Administration say there is just nothing stirring or inspirational here whatsoever. “I just can’t see us having to use Ft. Lauderdale as the embodiment of America’s resolve and dogged perseverance any time [...]