Bleeder, a memoir. Part 2

  There are frequently many or a few strokes associated with the recovery phase from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. It is due to these strokes that Bill still has persistent ataxia, tremor, some rigidity of extremities, personality changes and some behavior problems. His...

Bleeder, a memoir. Part 1

    Dinner was at 6 o’clock sharp. Dinner was always at 6 o’clock sharp; my parents came from that generation where the man went to work, and the woman took care of the house and the kids. So Dad would get home from his insurance office around 5:30 in the afternoon,...

Sunday at thestudio: ‘Shakespeare in a Day,’ literally

  With all its magic, majesty and mellifluousness, Veronica Leone Matthews believes, a Shakespeare play is a dish best served outdoors. “For me,” says the founder of the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival, “the reason is really personal, and maybe a little selfish.”...

The whales

This was the first feature story I wrote, after a couple of concert reviews. I was 18 years old. It was published in the St. Petersburg Times Sunday, Feb. 20, 1977. It’s reproduced here exactly as it was written. MAYPORT – A large school of pilot whales...

‘He was freckled like a spotted dolphin’

It’s only right that this tribute to Fred Neil begins and ends with one of his most beloved and personal songs, “The Dolphins.” With few exceptions, Fred Neil preferred the company of dolphins – sleek, sensitive, majestic mammals of the oceans – over people. The...

Just another day at the beach (2009)

I applied to work as an extra on The Last Song, was accepted, and for 10 hours I did everything asked of me as the Disney cameras followed Miley Cyrus up and down Tybee Beach. Then, without explanation, I was forcibly removed from the set, publicly embarrassed and...