Southern Fiction Author, Infrequent Blogger & Retired Clown

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St. Augustine Locals Love: Our Lighthouse

St. Augustine Locals Love: Our Lighthouse

In 1994, I was ten years old and had lived my entire life in this sleepy little fishing village on the Northeast Florida coast called St Augustine. In my very narrow worldview, I was under the impression that every town contained bits of historic lore [Read more…]

St. Augustine Locals Love: Conch House

St. Augustine Locals Love: Conch House

A few years ago, back when I still worked at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, I was training my summer intern on giving tours when I spotted a familiar face in the courtyard. I couldn’t quite remember where I knew this woman from, [Read more…]

The Gator Man: A True St. Augustine Legend

The Gator Man: A True St. Augustine Legend

I originally wrote this article for First Coast Magazine, which sadly is now out of print.  Ninety year-old Rufus “Bubba” Stratton, a Carl Hiaasen character come to life, sits at his kitchen table, describing the day he lost two-thirds of his left thumb.  “I was [Read more…]