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Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015

Damara Hutchins

The most beautiful trophy

Around 30 years ago, my mom went fishing with my step-dad. We lived on a ranch in Avon Park and there were several canals loaded with fish that were waiting to be our dinner at any given time. I preferred catfish over brim or bass because I never car...
Published: 08/01/15

Quality seating for the sidelines

My husband, Chris, bent over and whispered in my ear, “Look around at all these people. This is exactly what they look like sitting on the toilet.” I glanced around Okeechobee High School’s gym at the parents who were hunched ove...
Updated one month ago

Putting our problems in perspective

I’m an avid Facebook user. In fact, I should probably get some type of an award for being so loyal and regular at spreading my inner thoughts for the world to see. The downside to social media is that you have to see what everyone else thinks ...
Updated one month ago

Summer trips make good memories

My little girl is still little. She’s 9 and just about to start that big growth spurt that will take her from a cute little princess to a pre-teen.
Updated one month ago

Snitches don’t always get stitches

Growing up is not easy. That statement rings as true today as it did 100 years ago, or at the very least, 30 years ago. My memory has been playing a few cruel tricks on me lately, but it has more to do with placement of car keys than what I was up to...
Updated: 2 months ago

Drama is her middle name

Editor’s note: This column was originally printed in September 2012.
Updated: 2 months ago

Small scale disaster planning

It was finally my Saturday off and I was hugging the toilet bowl at six in the morning. Life was never fair. The problem was that this was no normal Saturday. It was the big weekend after my daughter’s ninth birthday and we had plans. Big plan...
Updated: 2 months ago

Sorry is not a four-letter word

Chris and I were in our early twenties and still had not learned how to get along with each other very well. We were in the middle of a huge argument, but also in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell. The bickering had calmed down enough for me to order....
Updated: 3 months ago