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Imagine if we nurtured the mind of every little girl. What if we watered their spirits and imaginations with the ideals of self-empowerment, creativity, boldness, positivity, education, leadership, passion for her interests, friendship, sisterhood? What kind of global garden of female accomp…

There is magic on the pages and in the minds of Hocus Pocus creators Dwight and Rebecca MacPherson. The Lakeland couple met and fell in love through a comic book – now they make their own.

This year the world has faced sickness, death, job loss, strained social environments, injustices, and tragedies – everyday life has become unusual for many. Most of us have struggled with our mental health or know someone who has. We spoke with Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Antionette P…

As President of Polk State College, I write to congratulate the Spring 2020 Graduating Class! Graduates -- you are incredibly resilient and have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to your educational goals during this challenging time. You have overcome unprecedented adversity to reach th…

In 2011, NASA ended its almost 40-year-old space shuttle program. Economic rough waters, significant maintenance, and the fact that the shuttle program “did not truly deliver the next major leap forward” ultimately lead to its closure according to a 2017 article by Tech Times.

It’s like déjà vu – but the good kind. Just two years ago Swan Brewing opened their downtown Lakeland location off of Pine Street. Owner Dan Thumberg remembers when he first began to imagine his version for what he thought a brewery should be in the mid-2000s. His partner Christian Hood was …

Whether it’s a small gathering of friends or a family reunion, birthday, gender reveal, wedding or going away party, we’ve all been in this situation before.   We want to throw a party, but where do we start?  How do we create an unforgettable experience and keep within the budget?  On the o…

Down a narrow dusty driveway along the Tiger Creek Preserve in Lake Wales rests a primitive cabin framed in an old Florida landscape. This cabin belongs to conservationist, philanthropist, and subject for an upcoming art exhibit, “Sticky” Steve Morrison.

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6 – Oct. 12), we sat down with the Lakeland Fire Department’s Fire Chief Douglas Riley and Assistant Fire Chief of Administration Rick Hartzog to talk about a few changes they’ve implemented within the department. These changes have addressed o…

“You are beautiful – but I’m sure that’s the least interesting thing about you.”

Now halfway through its one-year-long display, David Collin’s Tapestries continues to add life to Lakeland’s buildings in the Dixieland, Midtown, and Downtown areas. This project is a first for public art in Lakeland. While the city does display art in public spaces, such as the Lemon Street…

A group sat together in a meeting discussing ideas for upcoming issues. We were about 30 minutes into the brainstorm, ideas were being volleyed, concepts mulled over to see what stuck. Then, someone, seemingly joking, blurted out, “How about Polk’s Sexiest Man?”

Happy Valentine’s Day, Polk County! Amidst the wining and dining, roses and cards, and those gross little candy hearts wouldn’t you like to give the gift of an experience this month to your significant other, new fling, or as a treat to yourself? In honor of this lovely holiday, we’ve compil…

Dungeons‭ & ‬Dragons‭ ‬and Dinner with Friends

Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 10am up to 3pm.  I want to share with you one of our family’s favorites, Migas.  We lived in San Antonio, TX for a few years and picked this recipe up, it was so goo…

It’s a simple thing that can make a huge difference.  We’re lucky to live in an area with so many independently-owned boutiques.  They’re a great place to get a new outfit, new shoes or a new piece of jewelry. It not only makes you feel good, but it’s good for the community.  Shopping small …

In 1817, Karl von Drais, a German baron, invented a horseless carriage that would help him get around faster. The two-wheeled, pedal-less device was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground, The machine became known as the “draisine,” and led to the creation of the modern-day bicycle.

I have to start off by thanking Janina Freeland, thank you!  I reached out to her not knowing if she would be willing to share their family’s story with us.  Not only did she agree, but she gathered more families to talk to.  Thank you to the Swingle Family, Rayburn Family and the Rucki-Stan…

With over 500 acres of vineyards in Florida, the wine industry is growing in Florida every year.  There are 88 wine producers ultimately creating 99,108 jobs in agriculture, accounting, packaging, transportation and more.  With over 300,000 tourists visiting a Florida winery each year, it ha…

Anyone who has seen the 2009 film Whip It or any of the 1970s and 80s depictions of the sport have probably formed an idea about what they think roller derby is. Most people think It’s two teams of hostile, pushy women slamming into each other for maximum injury, right?  A lot of people aren…

Who would have thought that taking a psychology class at Katharine Gibbs School in NYC would land Joye Hummel a position as the first female journalist to publish stories for Wonder Woman? That is exactly what happened when 19-year-old submitted her final exam on Jan. 25, 1944.

Lisbeth Pacheco and her husband Julian Rios are the founders of Ethos Coffee in Lakeland.  He grew up in Colombia, Lisbeth from Guatemala.  Lisbeth has been roasting for 4 years, however, Ethos Coffee is one year old and growing quickly.  They have their whole heart in this business. For the…

The season of giving is approaching. There’s just something special about focusing on the people that matter to you and finding the perfect gift to represent their significance in your life. Whether you have a long list of people you’d love to buy for or just one, we’d love to encourage you …

The following pages are about 5 people going through life like normal.  Probably a lot like the days we all have, kids, dinner, work, errands, the never ending list of things we have to do.  The only difference is, in the midst of the chaos of life, these women and one man were all diagnosed…