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This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Moments of Lucidity

Moments of Lucidity

Photobucket Chris Schultz

Photobucket Marky P

December 5, 2008

Photobucket Bill Miller

There are a few times each year that our social calendar is so full that we can barely keep up with all the wonderful things that are going on, it simply is not possible to do everything that we would like and we end up missing something special. This year we had to miss what by all accounts is an amazing production of the Nutcracker Key West for example because we simply had little time or even energy to go after a crazy week of activities that coincides with the holiday season.
December is a busy, busy month, complete with holiday festivities and a plethora of birthdays of friends and family.

Photobucket Mike Marrero & Chris Schultz

We kicked things off with a trip to the Tropic Cinema to attend the premiere of the new film from local creative geniuses Mike Marrero & Chris Schultz, “Lucid”. The film is the culmination of seven years of hard work, sweat, re-shoots and all sorts of delays and complications that they fought through and persevered to deliver their inspired and twisted vision to the screen. Filmed in the Keys using an eclectic cast of locals, including many friends and familiar faces, the film is a testament to the many creative talents that our community is blessed with.

Photobucket Lucid Premiere

Photobucket Hannah

The premiere featured a screening of the film and a hilarious and twisted collection of outtakes that some may have found a tad offensive, but were shown with such a good natured sense of humor that all offense was quickly forgiven. What is totally obvious is that the delays and re-shooting delivered a much better and honed final product. You could almost see the development of the young filmmakers before your eyes. Congrats to all involved for their success.

Photobucket Sodu


Many evenings this week, we faced a multiple choice as far as places to go. We did manage to attend the opening for another talented local artist, Marky Pierson at Sodu Gallery. Kathy & I really like his work and are hoping to commission a painting some time soon. The opening was just the lead-in to a fun night that culminated in a wonderful birthday party for our friend Rick Keith that featured so many photo opportunities that it is getting a blog posting all of its own.

Photobucket Sherry & Steve

Photobucket Chris

Rick’s wasn’t the only birthday of the week and last night we were out again, this time at a wonderful party for our friend Erika Biddle. Erika’s husband Joel prepared a wonderful spread of food and the party was again populated by a wonderfully interesting, diverse and eclectic group of their friends. It was really a beautiful and wonderful party that sadly we had to depart early because we had to rush off to attend yet another event.


Photobucket Kathy & Alison

Photobucket Joel

The first in an exciting new Folk music series at The Studios of Key West featured the amazing Bill Miller. Bill is a Grammy award winning Native American singer and songwriter who delivered an amazing show to start the new series. To call Miller, who is a Mohican Indian, a Native American artist is somewhat misleading, because while he certainly celebrates and incorporates his heritage into his music, it is far more diverse than one might imagine. Weaving Blues, Rock, Country & Western and Folk music into a totally unique style, Miller is truly an American treasure and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to see him perform in Key West.

Lucid Interview

Bill Miller Website

Marky P site

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


November 30, 2008


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.


Photobucket Toast to Sheila

Photobucket Michael*

In lieu of being with family this year at Thanksgiving, we once again took advantage of the wonderful and warm hospitality and good cheer that the Key West community, otherwise known as our extended family provided. We actually took advantage of two wonderful invitations this year, one for a delightful brunch in the morning and another for dinner later in the afternoon. That meant of course getting to eat twice as much as the average Thanksgiving gorging, but it also meant we got to share the day with even more wonderful friends.

Photobucket Nadene

Photobucket Jack

Photobucket Terry & Alicia

It started off with brunch at the home of our friends Nadene & Trevor. In addition to the wonderful food and company, we had the pleasure of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and getting to witness Nadene’s joy at the appearance of Kermit the Frog in both balloon form, as well as in the flesh as it were. It was a wonderful way to kick off the day. We eventually had to leave to prepare some food for our second stop.

Photobucket Kermit & Nadene

Photobucket Bill Rowan

Photobucket Arlo shucks oysters

We have been to the Rowan’s Thanksgiving open house many times in the past and after missing a couple of years it was really great to be back with so many great people. Of course it was not the same without the presence of Sheila Rowan, but it seemed as if her spirit was evident everywhere turning a potentially somber holiday into a celebration of her spirit through her family and friends.

Photobucket The bar

Photobucket Wes, Kathy & John


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We brought along some guests from Vermont who were here staying at Kathy’s Dad’s place, John, Jane, Dean & Barb and in one of those small world moments, there were people they knew (Annette & Perry) at the party. The food was amazing and the people at the Rowans were the sort of eclectic mix of Key West that we love so much. We had an amazing afternoon/evening/night. We basically closed the place down after finishing off the bottle of Sambuca that Lauren & Brendan unveiled late in the evening. We have so much to be thankful for in our community. Thanks so much to Nadene & Trevor and the Rowan family for a wonderful day.

Photobucket Jason *

Photobucket Brendan pours Sambuca shots

Photobucket Mark & Elena post Sambuca

I am also thankful this week to have been able to watch my High School alma mater, Cathedral High of Indianapolis capture their 7th Indiana State Championship in football with a 10-7 hard fought victory over Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger High. Sadly I am now so old that I have former classmates whose children attend Cathedral and it is with great pride that I watched the game through the magic of the internet.

Photobucket Indiana State Champions

Cathedral High School

Of course with all great joy comes some sorrow and I was saddened this week to learn of the passing of a dear friend, Ann Cornell Weber who was the mother of another wonderful friend Jody (Weber) Selin. Ann was talented artist, gardener, nature lover and over the time that I knew her, offered me the utmost in kindness, support and friendship. Kathy & I extend our deepest sympathy to her husband of 46 years, Paul Weber and to Jody & Scott Selin and the entire Weber family and all their friends. Memorial donations are being accepted by The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, P.O. Box 3369, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

Photobucket Jody & Ann

* note photos thanks to Mark Heddon