Archive for 'First Words'

May all roads lead to unforgettable places

May all roads lead to unforgettable places

By Mark Gauert Two roads diverged ahead in dark woods in North Florida. I took the one so less traveled, I started to wonder if it was even a road. “I remember the time I took [...]

A walk on the wild side at NSU gallery of art

A walk on the wild side at NSU gallery of art

By Mark Gauert They’re still out there. The elephant on a watercolor plain. The Bengal tiger on a grassland of oil on linen. The leatherback sea turtle scrambling an acrylic beach toward a bright light ahead. [...]

The manual stick shift is slipping into sunset

The manual stick shift is slipping into sunset

By Mark Gauert When I was a senior in high school, my father dangled the keys to his candy-apple red Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. The same car Dustin Hoffman got as a gift from his parents [...]

The greatest luxury item is measured in time

The greatest luxury item is measured in time

By Mark Gauert No one believes my story. Not my wife. “Sorry,” she says sweetly from her hammock swinging in the sea breeze at Little Palm Island in the Keys. “Can’t see it.” Not the barefoot [...]

A little housekeeping for our home issue

A little housekeeping for our home issue

By Mark Gauert Since this is a special issue of City & Shore, full of updates on home design, furnishings and décor, I thought I’d update a few developments at the magazine, too. For starters, we [...]

Desperate caller leaves a message for us all

Desperate caller leaves a message for us all

By Mark Gauert At breakfast, everyone in the big meeting room stopped eating and sat silently as Frank Isaza, program director of 2-1-1 Broward, began to speak about his harrowing late-night fight to save a man [...]

Love’s labours found

Love’s labours found

By Mark Gauert From my office in the newsroom, I hear the news. “The stay on same-sex marriage will end on Jan. 5,” the reporters say. “Weddings could begin the next day.” Which means, barring appeal, January [...]

The best gifts are not aways tied up in bows

The best gifts are not aways tied up in bows

By Mark Gauert After they received their medals from France last summer for their roles in the Liberation, after sodas and sheet cake to celebrate aboard the USS New York, I shared an elevator at Port [...]

Best not to ask for whom the cell tolls

Best not to ask for whom the cell tolls

On Tuesday afternoon, U2’s new album was just there, waiting for you. Like an IKEA catalogue. Or a jury summons. Or streptococcus. The latest inescapable unpleasantry for anyone who’s chosen to participate in our great digital society — more specifically, [...]

What’s better: A movie at home or theater?

What’s better: A movie at home or theater?

By Mark Gauert “A lot of people have stopped going to the theater to watch movies. But what they don’t realize is that it’s just not the same. Movies are meant to be a shared experience.” [...]