FCL Stories Archives - FirstCoast.Life
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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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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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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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02 March

Reading Time: 3 minutes Excerpt from Bold in Africa By Dee Coleman As we begin our drive to my next accommodation, I reflect on what a wonderful day it has been in Tanzania’s Manyara National Park. After traveling a while, Mohammed, my personal ranger and guide for the next three days, turned off the paved road and we began […]

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27 January

Reading Time: 9 minutes Singing River Author: Mike Frailey I’ve told you the story before, haven’t I? If I remember correctly, I don’t think l told y’all the whole story. Every one remembers the old Pat Boone song, “Running Bear and Little White Dove?” This song was about White Dove, an Indian maiden who was also a princess of […]

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13 January

Reading Time: < 1 minute 25 NEW YEAR WISHES Author Lucille Cortese more flowers, less weeds more sunshine, less rain more listening, less talking more dancing, less watching more laughter, less tears more love, less hate more peace, less war more faith, less apathy more hope, less cynicism more joy, less sorrow more play, less work more silliness, less anger […]

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12 January

Reading Time: 2 minutes WALKERS By Dee Coleman A varied and special breed….Walkers.  They come in many forms, all sizes, all ages, and all shapes.  They are the dog walkers, the aerobic walkers, the slow walking parents with children, the casual walkers, the lovers’ hand-in-hand walkers.  There are some with goals, agendas like raising the breathing and heart rate, […]

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26 December

Reading Time: 2 minutes MEMORIES AT THE BEACH You can have your snow! Nope, don’t want it! You can have your impassable streets, snowplows, heavy coats and boots and your hibernating freezing weather. I’ll take the palm trees, the palmettos, the sandpipers, sea gulls, sand in my toes and peaceful walks on the beach. As a local water baby, […]

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22 December

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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11 December

Reading Time: 4 minutes Lucy Giardino Cortese TICKET TROUBLES The dreaded blue light flashes in the rearview mirror. Sweaty palms choke the steering wheel. Heart skips a beat. Breath comes in gasps. Tummy growls like onset of Montezuma’s revenge. Here it comes. “Do you know why I pulled you over?” No I will not fall for that leading question. […]

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