Mar 242018
 

Clermont, Florida is a friendly town on the northwestern edge of the Orlando metropolitan area. Perched on the edge of Lake Minneola, a massive body of water, the city has a nice park with a fishing pier and boat ramp. In past visits to Clermont we had seen a small collection of buildings with a […]

Feb 092018
 

When six year old Edward W. Bok immigrated to New York from the Netherlands with his family he did not understand our language or anything about our customs or culture. But from a young age he had a goal, one inspired by his grandmother, who told him to “make the world a bit better or […]

Sep 142017
 

The story of early American expansion in Florida was written in blood. For years whites and Seminole Indians had clashed in quick, violent confrontations over land, cattle and slaves. These ongoing conflicts helped justify the United States government’s policy of removing native peoples to reservations far away from their homelands. Washington decreed that all Seminoles […]

Log House

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 252017
 

Note: This story appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a rustic log cabin perched on the shore of a clear, cold mountain lake at one time or another? It sounds almost as much fun as living in an RV, doesn’t it? While touring St. Augustine, […]

Over Too Soon

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082017
 

My cousin Berni and her husband Rocky have been visiting us from Muskegon, Michigan for a few days, and we have had a good time showing them some of the local attractions. The other day we took them to the Sugar Mill Ruins in nearby New Smyrna Beach. These ruins date back to the early […]

Surrounded By History

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 292016
 

We spent yesterday surrounded by history in one of our favorite cities in the whole country, St. Augustine, Florida. If you have never visited the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in America, you really need to do yourself a favor and plan a trip there. But I’m warning you in advance, one visit will never […]

Aug 092016
 

I have a friend who is much younger than me, the father of two children, who went through a bad patch in his marriage a while back. It looked like things were over between him and his wife and he moved out for a while, at her request. Fortunately, they seem to be working things […]

May 192016
 

If you are history nuts like we are, what’s better than going to see a 275 year old fort? How about going to see a 275 year old fort and getting a free pontoon boat ride in the process? I love my job! The rain came down all night Tuesday night but yesterday dawned with […]

Sponge Town

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 222016
 

Even workaholics need a day off now and then, so when our pal Chris Yust told us that she and Charles were taking yesterday off to go play and that Miss Terry and I were going to do the same thing, who was I to argue? They picked us up a little before 10 o’clock […]

The Best Medicine

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212016
 

They say that laughter is the best medicine. If that’s true, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to live forever. I learned a long time ago that a sense of humor will get you through just about anything, and one of the best things you can possess is the ability to laugh at yourself. I […]