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"Vizcaya Garden," 36 X 60"

   HERE IS a view of the rare clearing of the lush hardwood hammock forest covering much of his land that James Deering allowed, being (in the end) a sucker for dramatic effect. ____ I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of … Continue reading

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“A Fantastical Aerial View of a Miami of 1912, 2 of 2 in a Series.”

THOUGH we may still be in recovery from our last dizzying encounter with the “futuristic” vision of the Magic City published in the Miami Daily Metropolis newspaper of Nov. 2, 1912, Redland edition, we must nevertheless steel ourselves to proceed … Continue reading

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"Siesta Key," 30 X 40

AN experience of a sweet place, in the kind of simple moment that you can never quite see coming, but as time’s river flows on, you come to realize that it’s sort of quietly stayed with you.  And you’re so … Continue reading

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Dateline: Real-Life Adventure in the Miami River, 1896 "Paul’s Safari Into the Miami’s History"

Or,  A Moonlight Swim in the Miami River THE following passage is borrowed from my favorite source on Miami’s history du jour, Herbert J. Lowing’s The World’s Miami: 1900 IF the stories told of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay … Continue reading

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Visions of Future, Past: the Miami of 1912 Looks Forward.”

DARING foretell the future, even charting out a map, has got to be a daunting task under the best of circumstances. That would have never been more true than in the Miami of 1912, when a city celebrating its 16th … Continue reading

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"Life is a Journey"

An illustration.   Thank you.

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“By Request: My Mother on her Wedding Day."

A SPECIAL friend on Facebook asked about this photo, of which she caught a glimpse in last night’s post. Donna, it’s my Mama! The picture captures a moment in Aug. 1953, as Miss Anne Howe O’Quinn, of Lillington, NC, is … Continue reading

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Dateline: A Family Outing to Miami Beach, mid-1930’s "Paul’s Safari Into Miami’s History"

  “OH, LORD, It’s Those Dang Crocketts Again! Lookit! Even Miami Beach is not Safe Anymore!” Numerous generations have congregated for a lovely visit to the beach. R to L, starting with back row: Great-grandfather James (“Pap”) Crockett, of Humphreys … Continue reading

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"A Rare Rendering of Coral Gables’ Coliseum, 1927, Offers Missing ‘Piece of the Puzzle’ to its Understanding."

The building and grounds as once envisioned. The side garden brings to mind the one adjacent to Coral Gables’ City Hall. I WAS quite excited to chance upon the image above, which at a glance both clarified that something about … Continue reading

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The Birth, Life, and Death of the Improbable Coliseum, Coral Gables, FL 1927-1993.

The Coliseum, late 1920’s. GOD knows, Miami is haunted by more than its share of “ghost buildings,” and the longer one’s experience here, the more true that becomes. And like so much else occupying that most mysterious realm of our … Continue reading

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