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Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.15.47 AMTo this point in my life and my work, I remain a stalwart of the printed page. That is true, even while I publish ebooks, utilizing the Internet to cut cost and widen the availability of the work I do. I like print. I enjoy the hard-copy product that has been with us for hundreds of years. Although the digital version may be more durable in the long run, the print copy feels traditional and at least a little comforting at times. So I continue to write for print each week, and I like it.

One of the publications I contribute to is a local print publication. The 863 Magazine is an invention of Sergio and Andrea Cruz. Passionate promoters of a lifestyle many aspire to, these two never fail to make me smile when we meet, and always remind me why it is better to live a life you love than it is to covet material wealth above all else. I’m proud to write for 863. The title itself establishes the focus of the magazine – on the people, products, events, and points of interest contained within the 863 area code. Central Florida never looked so authentic.

Like so many local publications, 863 works with some talented writers. I know and like several of them, both personally and professionally. And like a growing number of print publications, 863 is also available digitally. At the very least that means snowbirds who spend the summers up north and the winters down south, can keep up with the goings on in the region via their PC, Mac, tablet, phone, or other device.

My latest contribution to 863 has to do with getting older. I am doing that, for certain. So far I kind of like the journey. But I reserve the right to change my mind. I just hope the trip is as entertaining for you as it has been for me.  Read More →

by Jamie Beckett —

As the American public slides into another political campaign season with reckless abandon, it seems appropriate to offer a word of caution to all concerned. This message is pertinent to Republicans and Democrats, alike. Libertarians, Greens, and the membership of any other party you can think of will benefit as well. Provided they listen, of course. And there’s the rub, because listening isn’t common during campaign season. Instead we tend to focus on name-calling, reputation-bashing, muck-raking, and mud-slinging.

Keep this in mind if you can; politics is about philosophy. It’s a debate of opinions, not personalities. There is no absolute right. There is no absolute wrong. There is only the consensus we agree to accept for the moment. Rest assured, whatever that consensus is, it will change over time. It always has. It always will. It will change because we change. It’s fated to be so. As surely as the weather rotates through various seasons, political opinion and social norms are in a constant state of change. Read More →