FCL Stories Archives - FirstCoast.Life
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27 August

Reading Time: < 1 minute DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO INANIMATE OBJECTS: MA BELL (LANDLINE TELEPHONE) and her daughter ANN DROID (SMART PHONE) MA BELL: Ann, where do you think you’re going so early in the morning? ANN DROID: Tom is taking me to work with him. See ya later! MA BELL: Wait just a rollover minute… ANN DROID: Brrrring, my alarm’s […]

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26 August

Reading Time: 2 minutes PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ Lucille Cortese You know the old saying…”I’ve been thrown out of better places than this!” How about getting tossed out of a five star resort? By bouncers? On your honeymoon? We were celebrating our recent nuptials at the Ritz Carlton, the most exclusive hotel on Amelia Island. It was elegant…fine dining, […]

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20 July

Reading Time: 9 minutes The Amazing Story of Marco Weaver By Ron Weaver Jr. Almost ten years ago we adopted a kitten from the Humane Society and named him Marco. He was a happy kitten and fit in well with our other two cats, but one day after only a few months he disappeared. We put up flyers and […]

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19 July

Reading Time: 2 minutes … Ragtime, they call it now.  Still a fun place, kind of a shangri-la until COVID19 came to town.  Back in the early fifties we kids never thought about pandemics.  Heck, some of us remembered Polio as something that happened to people we’d never met who lived quarantined in special hospitals far, far way.  We […]

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07 July

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Sands of my Childhood had a way of coloring my entire life.Author Ann Wright My earliest memories are of running through the sands of the orange groves that surrounded my grandparent’s house. How many hours did I plow through that soft sand held together by crabgrass, playing hide and seek with my little brother […]

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19 April

Reading Time: 4 minutes TRIAL AND ERROR Lucy Cortese “Members of the jury, have you reached a verdict?” Judicial words prompt my heart to race, my stomach to lurch, my bladder to activate. I grew up watching Perry Mason defend the undefendable, acquitting  every wrongly accused suspect. Atticus Finch–my personal hero. John Grisham’s characters–the seedier the better. Be honest, […]

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15 April

Reading Time: 2 minutes Getting to Know Linda Olsen Writer Ame Cowan I knew I had to see Linda’s home based studio when she first shared a picture with me weeks ago! As we made our way to her little slice of heaven, it was almost impossible not to smile as you took in all of the beautiful scenery. […]

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13 April

Reading Time: 4 minutes Humpty Dumpty Part Deux & Trois. Author Lucy Cortese From the earliest age, I fought to remain in an upright position. I blame this handicap on unfortunate parenting. Mama never allowed me to crawl. As soon as I boosted my infant body to all fours, she would hoist me to standing. With a dishtowel supporting […]

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07 April

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lucy Giardino Cortese ORANGE PICKER BLUES Think Florida; think oranges. This showy citrus shouts from tourist ads, travel brochures and license plates. I longed to grow the juicy fruit so plentiful to my state. Year after year, I planted orange trees. One by one, they lost their leaves, withered and died a pitiful death. With […]

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01 April

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lucy Giardino Cortese DISCORDANT DESCANT Are you the sister that sings or the other one? This question reverberates throughout memories of my childhood. Living with a sibling who rivals Sarah Brightman in reaching high Cs, my voice remains a consistent B flat. Blessed with an overactive self-concept, I sing loud and proud to the distain […]

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24 March

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lucy Giardino Cortese MANE MANIA My hair I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty Oily, greasy, fleecy Shining, gleaming, streaming Flaxen, waxen Knotted, polka-dotted Twisted, beaded, braided Powdered, flowered, and confettied Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied! (HAIR! The American Love-Rock Musical) Those lyrics from 1967 are my mantra. My hair is […]

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15 March

Reading Time: 11 minutes The Old Jail, 300 E. Bay Mike Frailey I guess by now, everyone knows I like to write my thoughts down and share my stories on Facebook. Not exactly the right format; I haven’t learned to indent, and anything over 800 words gets cut off, unless you post and start over in another comment. So […]

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12 March

Reading Time: 3 minutes Featured Artist: Donna Marie Buscaglia (DM Love) I remember seeing Donna’s art at The Atlantic Beach Arts Market for the first time and thought “Wow, I can’t wait to meet the person that created this vibrant art”. The colors she uses invigorate my soul and make me want to create. We are lucky to have […]

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11 March

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here Is What I Learned From My First Trip to Utah Cathy Curtis Abbott You can’t just spot a Mormon, that would be rude, but you can spot snow skiers just by looking at them. They have a “cool” vibe. Park City and Deer Valley are about 5 minutes away from each other, the slopes […]

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07 March

Reading Time: < 1 minute Name Cathy Curtis Submitting Today Locals Traveling Your Status FCL Contributor Title It Never Snows in Sedona… Location Sedona, Arizona Brief Description The day after my official retirement I am on a plane to a place, state, and adventure I’d never experienced. Sedona does live up to it’s billing to be sure. But snow? Never, […]

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07 March

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lucy Giardino Cortese MEMORABLE FIRST KISS Who doesn’t remember their first kiss? A peck from a junior high beau? A passionate smooch from a high school sweetheart? Did you practice puckering up before a bedroom mirror in anticipation?  My rite of passage came at an early age and I initiated it. On the playground at […]

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