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Uplifting and inspiring stories from around the community.

Batman therapy, needle-nosed pliers, and a ‘club’ no one wants to join

Batman therapy, needle-nosed pliers, and a ‘club’ no one wants to join

Survivor describes journey to health after cancer diagnosis Sometime last year, I began losing my sense of smell. It was very gradual, which makes the timing hard to pinpoint. Someone would comment that something smelled good, and I would automatically agree, but doubt myself. I would spray cologne or air freshener and found that I […]

Neighbor lauds care in which tree company saves birds

Neighbor lauds care in which tree company saves birds

It started with a decaying water oak in my neighbor’s backyard, one I kept a suspicious eye on each hurricane season. The old wily fella was falling apart, and I’d been told that older men have issues with trees—that they want to clear them out without provocation. Not this time. When I heard my neighbor […]

Dentists provide emergency care while waiting to open in May

Dentists provide emergency care while waiting to open in May

Avondale dentist Dr. James Schumacher used to joke that he would love to have a “drive-through” dental service in order to make things easier for his patients. Little did he know his light-hearted levity would one day come close to reality. Schumacher, along with several other dentists in Jacksonville’s historic districts, has closed his office […]

Residents find creative ways to connect after closures

Residents find creative ways to connect after closures

There’s the old cliché: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” but in 2020, the reverse was true.  Thanks to the spread of COVID-19, an unknown form of a known family of viruses that has sickened people throughout the world, Jacksonville residents have been advised by Mayor Lenny Curry to […]

Camera trapping the coolest animal you’ve never heard of

Camera trapping the coolest animal you’ve never heard of

Lakewood resident seeks to save endangered okapi in Africa Okapi. That’s “the coolest animal you never heard of,” according to Lucas Meers, a Lakewood man who hunts the mammal in the Congo. He longs to trap and shoot them—with a camera, that is. The okapi is the cultural symbol of the Democratic Republic of the […]

Horticulturist saves rare orchid from extinction

Horticulturist saves rare orchid from extinction

Thanks to Houston Snead, a Riverside resident and horticulturist at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG), together with Lisa Hassell, an environmental specialist from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a rare flowering plant, may be saved from extinction. Snead and Hassell did a comprehensive survey in the state of Florida of the […]

Choosing to be healthy through veganism and body building

Choosing to be healthy through veganism and body building

Rebecca Gourley of Ortega carefully weighed, measured and tracked every morsel of food in the five “clean” mini-meals she ate each day for carbs, protein and fat, a time-consuming process that became routine by the second month of her 365-day journey. Almost as routine is the two- to three-hour cardio and weight-training routines she also […]

Shop like it matters

Shop like  it matters

Shopping for gifts this holiday season? There is a way purchase presents without heading to the mall that greatly helps underserved individuals and families in the community. Social enterprises, organizations that redirect most or all of their earnings to help social or environmental causes, offer many lovely gifts made by folks that local nonprofits are […]

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