Fashion News for Summer 2019

Fashion News for Summer 2019

by Trish Utter Did you see the Met Gala? The event was held at the famous New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, hence the name, Met Gala. This event started in 1948 and is the biggest More »

High-Tech and Futuristic Technology at North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care

High-Tech and Futuristic Technology at North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care

by Trish Utter Do you suffer from Glaucoma or Cataracts? It’s a daunting thought to think of surgery and who to trust to do it…after all, it’s your eye sight. I was More »

Bike & Walking Trails in the Good Life Community

Bike & Walking Trails in the Good Life Community

by Terry Martin-Back My wife, Debra and I moved back to Gainesville over twenty years ago after my military career. Since then I have enjoyed finding new things to do in our More »

The Whiskey Snob

The Whiskey Snob

by Terry Martin Back Do you remember your first whiskey experience? Chances are, it was mixed with something to kill the flavor of the whiskey, or it was in a shot glass, More »


Community PIX

Congratulations to Jim Markle, the owner of Transmission Doctor in Alachua, on his huge, new, State-of-the-Art Building.

The community came out to support this local business and enjoyed a BBQ lunch. Many customers have been bringing their vehicles to the Transmission Doctor for years, and we wish Jim and his crew many more!

The Whiskey Snob

by Terry Martin Back

Do you remember your first whiskey experience? Chances are, it was mixed with something to kill the flavor of the whiskey, or it was in a shot glass, with screaming friends encouraging you to just shoot the shot, then the backward tilting of your head, the burning and foul alcohol flavor made your face grimmest with disgust and in some cases it tried to return to the point of origination.

Chances are, the whiskey you were drinking was intended for exactly what you were doing, shooting shots to prove you could handle whiskey. As I look back through the years, my choice of whiskey tended to be the ones that were well advertised or made me look distinguished when I ordered a drink. The days of slamming shots are long past, and I have been introduced to flavors of good single malt Scotch whisky, blended Scotch and exceptional Bourbons. What I look for now is a smooth and flavorful whisky with a pleasant aroma. For my Scotch appetite, I prefer the Speyside Scotch, with a medium peat smokiness. For my Bourbons, I love the double barrel aging with an Oakey flavor which can also be found in different Scotch whisky’s. I prefer mine served neat, some prefer a splash of pure water and others prefer theirs poured over a pure ice cube.

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Terry Martin-Back

Terry Martin-Back is the Associate Broker at Exit Realty Producers, a general contractor and a former Cavalry Scout for the US Army. He is not only well known in our area for his real estate work, but also for his fundraising efforts for Peaceful Paths and other charities.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Northern Indiana.

Where did you go to school?

My college education was from different colleges while stationed at different Army bases and outpost. To name a few; St Leo University, Central Texas, University of Michigan, Barton County Community College.

Why did you move to this area?

While stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, one of my barracks buddies asked me if I wanted to go to Gainesville Florida with him for the weekend to do a little partying and play some pick-up soccer on Sunday. We caught up with his uncle who we were going to be staying with who was painting a girl’s kitchen. Just as we were getting ready to leave, this little blue-eyed brunette walks through the door. I married her 39 years ago, we traveled around the country and overseas and came back home to Gainesville in 1996.

How do you relax?

Sitting on the couch at night with headphones on listening to some heavy metal rock, alternative or blues with a dram of Scotch close by.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

Finally, warm ☀ weather is here again and it’s time to get out there and explore. Visit our website, GoodLifeCommunity.com and click on the TRAVEL ✈ link for ideas or visit us on social media. Lots happening this Spring so keep up by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Optimist Club Comes to Alachua

by Ruth Ward

A new dynamic service organization has come to Alachua. Officially chartering in March the Optimist Club comes with a local focus of Optimism and service to our local community. With a core group of founding members the local Optimist Club of Alachua is focused on kids, community projects, and positive impact to the local community.

Thanking our Service Men & Women

by Terry Martin-Back

Over fifteen years ago, an idea was brought to fruition: an appreciation banquet to recognize veterans and supporters for their efforts within the community. A pot-luck dinner was organized with an expected thirty or forty people to attend. The dinner was such a success that over one-hundred people attended! The success also created a bit of a problem….. the food ran out! It was then decided a bigger venue was in order.

Since the first appreciation dinner, attendees were mostly veterans and family members, veteran organizations and members of the VA hospital. The recognition dinner had become a banquet at local hotels where the attendance became almost five-hundred people, and it quickly became a formal affair with all the military pageantry.

They Didn’t Leave Me Out in the COLD!

by Trish Utter

I have to let you all know about the wonderful service I received from one of Good Life Community’s long-standing advertising clients, Scott Niehaus, A/C.

It all started while I was furiously typing away at my desk, in my home office, working on another brilliant editorial for Good Life…lol, when I realized that I couldn’t feel my toes. They were frozen! I turned up the heat but it didn’t come on. Of course, it was late on a Friday afternoon and I knew that if I didn’t get it fixed I was in for a long cold weekend.

How do you brew your coffee?

How do you brew your coffee? With a coffee pod machine, coffee pot, French press or pour-over drip, it can be an overwhelming task for a seemingly simple cup of coffee.

Some are frustrated with coffee machines that don’t give you a piping hot cup of java and the amount of counter space these machines take up. Drip coffee has paper filters that remove the oil and all the nutritional content while weakening the robust flavor that a French press will give you. Coffee pods can also be quite expensive and the elusive flavor of coffee you get from your local barista may not be there. The French press is sleek, easy to clean, and because it does not have a paper filter it can surprise you with a coffee shop taste.