Author Archives: PHC

"Gazing Toward Key Biscayne, Then & Now, and Pondering."

  CONSIDER the view toward Key Biscayne as, say, my 11 year-old Dad once knew it, and day before yesterday. In 1941, there was no bridge, and foot or bike would take you only as far as the seawall. Thereafter, … Continue reading

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”Mary Brickell Averts War with the Seminole: An Account of a Little-Known & Extraordinary Act”

  Freedom’s Just Another Wordfor Nothing Left to Lose –Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee (Note: Throughout this account, reference is made to “the Seminole tribe” for purposes of simplicity and convenience. Seminole is less a tribal identity traditionally recognized as … Continue reading

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Time-Tripping with Images #5: Mouth of the Miami, ca.1880’s

  HERE is an apparently (quite skillfully) hand-colored vintage image, undated, of the mouth of the Miami River. It is amazing! The view is facing south, toward Brickell Point, and (further) Coconut Grove. There is plenty of room to imagine. … Continue reading

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“May the Magical Moments, be Yours."

  THERE is magic in the moonlight, and always has been. It quite possibly exists only in the fleeting moment, yet abides outside of time. One night about 10 years ago, the moon hung so full, yellow, and close to … Continue reading

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We Love Our Mothers…

  My Mom   Because they choose the hardest and most blessed of  paths. They choose us Because they give up so very much, in so many ways, to set upon that path, Yet see our births much more as … Continue reading

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Hammock Sleeping 36 X 48"

  I LOVE the experience of painting at night, in so many ways. I learned some time ago that the real thrill of creating with colors, and textures, the true treasure of the experience, that almost always unexpected, “Oh, WOW!” … Continue reading

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"Starting at the Beginning”: One Family Takes Shape in Florida.

  I wanted to share a family photograph, taken (probably) in 1915, in West Palm Beach, so we might say a quick “Hello” to my paternal grandmother, Annelise Petersen. She’s the little girl to the right of her Mother Mathilde, … Continue reading

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"’Where Humans are Caged and Monkeys Run Wild!’” My Aunt Bettina Lives Dangerously, Takes Job at Monkey Jungle, 1950’s

Dateline: Money Jungle!, 1950’s   “Paul’s Safari Into Miami’s History” My Aunt Bettina McMakin Erdman was a lovely and unusual personality, and the first-born of my father’s family.  After her passing last year, her son (my cousin) Patrick McMakin bestowed upon … Continue reading

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Vizcaya, 1941.

    The original grounds of Villa Vizcaya included the current sites of Mercy Hospital and La Salle High School on the east side of Bayshore Drive, and a parallel tract across the road where the Villa’s working farm busily … Continue reading

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Before the Blackout, WW II.

    A festive image, for sure.  And yet years later, during WW II, a mandatory “blackout” along the entire shoreline was imposed. “On Feb. 19, 1942, a German U-boat sank the Pan Massachusetts 20 miles south of Cape Canaveral. … Continue reading

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