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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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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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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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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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07 December

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lucy Giardino Cortese JAX BEACH POSTCARDS Bathing beauties sashay across the sand Norma Jean look-a-likes hand in hand Ancient times before bikinis and thongs Transistor radios blare rock-n-roll songs   Sunny shoreline long, lush and palmy Simpler times when thoughts were balmy Marching bands roar their oom-pa-pas Splashing kids chased by Dads and Mas   […]

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26 November

Reading Time: 2 minutes Say Hey to Diana … How long have you lived at the First Coast? I have lived (as a retired adult) in Atlantic Beach for 17 years. As a child, teen and young woman, 11 years. Where do you live now? I live in Atlantic Beach. What was your first job? I worked as a […]

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28 September

Reading Time: 2 minutes This memoir tells the story of my all-time favorite childhood gift and the unselfish joy of sharing it with a special boy. LUCY GIARDINO CORTESE He was the gift that every little girl longs for…her very own pony. Whitey came into my life at an early age. The elegant horse was my first birthday surprise. […]

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21 August

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Evacuation and the USNS Upshur – Mike Frailey Oct. 22nd through the 25th, 1962, three days that will live in infamy. Here’s a part of the story I bet you didn’t know. My Dad wrote the Evacuation letter, we knew it was coming but even so it was still a shock. To be forced […]

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29 July

Reading Time: 8 minutes Mike Frailey July 29, 2020 I got to thinking about my first “real” date. Aw, there probably were a couple of them. Like the first time I held hands or the first time I ever did any spooning. Seems like it was so long ago, that they all run together. My girlfriend Angela had been […]

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