Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

May 29, 2013

A few weeks ago, my son Charlie and I went with another family on a college visit to the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. On the drive down, Wendy's mom asked me about my new book, written with internationally recognized motivational speaker Joachim de Posada—Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow....


May 22, 2013

Here's a story you don't know about a man whose music you do know: Norfolk, Virginia's favorite and the Jersey shore's adopted son, Gary "U.S." Bonds! I just finished reading By U.S. Bonds: That's My Story. It's the kind of book we need more of, one that tells what happens to a performer that rockets to fame and what...


May 16, 2013

(2013) very time I hear people babble on about child TV and film stars who struggled to become fully formed adults, I think about Candace Cameron Bure.

Playing DJ Tanner on ABC's long-running sitcom, "Full House," didn't seem to ruin her life. She married a National Hockey League All-Star, Valeri Bure, gave birth to...


May 6, 2013

They don't create journalists like Jeff Klinkenberg much any more. And they aren't opening any new newspapers with the budget or patience to send a reporter and photographer into the backwoods any more in hopes they might find a captivating story or two. Klinkenberg -- just "Klink" to anyone who has spent more than...


May 3, 2013

Many years ago, one of my favorite assignments for what was then the St. Petersburg Times was putting together a special section for the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. All the featured performers had to go through me for an interview and I had a blast talking to Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Richie Cole and flirting...