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Is a Hamburger Healthier than your Salad?

Is a Hamburger Healthier than your Salad?

You want to get in shape and lose pounds and you have been ordering salads when you go out for a meal, but don’t see results. You might as well have ordered More »

SLIDE into Fashion

SLIDE into Fashion

by Ruth Ward When you think of slides, you probably think of Nike or Adidas with their rubber slides that athletes wear, or European tourists that shuffle around theme parks in them. More »

Am I Saving Money with a Store Credit Card?

Am I Saving Money with a Store Credit Card?

by Joe Hancock I was in one of my favorite retail stores, and to my delight, many things were on sale. When I checked out, the sales assistant asked me if I More »

Pest Control & Tequila… What’s Not to Love about BATS!

Pest Control & Tequila… What’s Not to Love about BATS!

by Brian Pope Insects love Florida. In fact, mosquitoes love Florida so much that eighty species have decided to become our permanent neighbors – this is more than any other state! Of More »

Something you Kneed to Know

Something you Kneed to Know

by Anya Mayr As residents of the sunshine state, we tend to stay in action. We’re athletes and activists and pioneers. We surf, play sports and hike, and we love staying in More »

Some of the Filthiest places in your home might surprise you, like….. Poop on your…TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!!

Some of the Filthiest places in your home might surprise you, like….. Poop on your…TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!!

Here are our top dirtiest places that you will find in your home. There are plenty more, but these are eye-opening. It will make you think twice about putting your phone down More »

NOT Your Grandma’s Ferris Wheel!

NOT Your Grandma’s Ferris Wheel!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? We are constantly in search of unique places for our readers to visit. Our latest trips were down I-75 to Orlando to visit I-Drive 360 and More »


Weekend Road Trip to Clearwater and St. Petersburg

by Trish Utter

The great thing about living here is that on one tank of gas you can drive to so many great places. Here are a few of our top picks for your weekend getaway.

Honey Bees . . . in Your Home!

by Trish Utter

Honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. So many of us use pesticides that kill them but without this beautiful fuzzy, black and yellow insect we could starve to death as the humble bee is the key to our food. Without the bee there would be no pollination. Without that we would have no crops and with no crops to feed cattle we would then have no meat…are you catching on here?

Beekeepers are reporting up to 90% losses in honey bees all over the globe!

Each spring nature tells the honey bees it’s time to reproduce. They do this by sending out the old queen bee with 70 percent of the bees from a colony to find a new home and to start a new colony.

The problems begin when the honey bees decide to take up a residence in your home! They only need 1/8th of an inch to enter a wall and set up housekeeping. Local beekeeper extraordinaire Chappie McChesney has removed nests from homes containing over 100,000 bees along with lots of honeycomb, brood, and honey. A few years ago he removed a nest from the Alachua City, Mayor, Gib Coerper’s yard and one across the street from a meter box. McChesney got a call from the City of Alachua to remove bees from a street sign that were left when a commercial beekeeper drove through town without a net over his bees. McChesney also removed a colony of bees from the Alachua Farm & Lumber storage building. He does this without any charge!

These were just a few of the local bees saved among the thousands he has to his credit. He travels all over north central Florida saving honey bees and saving the homeowners money.

Chappie suggest all farmers, home owners, and those interested in saving our honey bees, stop using so many chemicals in the gardens and plant more bee friendly flowers to help save the honey bees.

Treatment, Diet, Acupuncture and Caring Doctors

by Ruth Ward

Medical professionals should all follow in the footsteps of the amazing team at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Here is one woman’s story on how they helped her through her journey. She not only received treatments and medical advice but they also discussed and reviewed her diet, helping to turn her life around by eating more nutrient dense foods such as kale, vegetables and other healthy whole foods. As Dr. Hayes says, “getting back to living off the land!” One thing these doctors agree on is that too many people rely on processed foods for their daily nutrition. Changing your diet makes a difference not only in the prevention of many diseases, but also with the prevention of cancer. Additionally, it helps to improve the tolerance of treatment for cancer and aid in recovery. The office even offers acupuncture, integrative health and “food therapy” all which has been shown to alleviate a variety of symptoms and help with recovery as well.

Here is one patient’s story:

I got my first mammogram at age 40 and every year right on time after that. I also did a breast self-exam in the shower, after my period. After I stopped having them, I began to do them on the first of every month. I had this thought that if I obeyed the schedule perfectly, I’d never get breast cancer. I’m a B cup, and I figured since I had less breast tissue, the chances of cancer had to be lower. When the mammography tech said I needed to stay after my mammogram for a few extra pictures, I wasn’t worried. She told me the radiologist had seen something, and I needed to have an ultrasound too, and then a biopsy. I began to have second thoughts. The radiologist did it all the same day, and I went home with her words bouncing around in my head: “I think it’s very possible you have a small breast cancer.” I couldn’t sleep at all that night, but I didn’t say anything to my husband because I wasn’t ready for it to be real.

The radiologist referred me to a surgeon, and I told my husband the next morning because I wanted him to come with me to the appointment. “Am I hearing the right thing?!” We saw the surgeon soon after. She spent over an hour with us, confirmed that the biopsy results showing breast cancer, and explained that I could have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. If I chose lumpectomy I would need radiation as well, possibly chemotherapy and something called antiestrogen therapy. She set up appointments for me with a Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Hayes, and a Medical Oncologist, Dr. Dickerson, at The Cancer Center at North Florida. Also, I had been taking Premarin, (hormone replacement therapy) to help with the symptoms of menopause. She told me I should stop that, since the estrogen can stimulate the breast cancer to grow faster.

Donnie Lancaster, Local, Iconic, Stylist

by Trish Utter

I have been coming to see Donnie Lancaster at Sixth Street Station for over 12 years. After living in London, New York and Los Angeles it was a challenge to find a hair stylist that could live up to my expectations. But I found that with Donnie.

Where are you from and what brought you to Gainesville?

I’m from Cheifland, FL. I moved to Tampa to go to beauty school and lived there for 20 years. I was near Westshore Mall and I loved living there. Then I returned home to look after my mother after my father passed away in 1992. I missed city life and Gainesville seemed to be the best location for me. I now live in Northwest Gainesville.

At what age did you start to get interested in hair and who was your biggest inspiration?

When I was a child I went to the salon with my mother for her hair appointments and her German stylist told me that one day I would be a great hairstylist. She said that the majority of stylists in Germany were men, and that I was helpful when I was there, and I would do well as a stylist. I had no interest at the time. As a young adult I had worked on a farm and a grocery store. I knew I did not want to stay in Cheifland and be a farmer. I hated college and gave up my scholarship. I started my schooling in hair and never looked back.

Where did you get most of your training?

My initial training was in Tampa. I received more training in Gainesville, Orlando, New York and traveled with Matrix as an aesthetics educator in make-up and skin care and got lots of training with hair color from Paul Mitchell and Jingles.

Are you … EGGcited?

It is a fast growing trend to keep your own chickens. More and more people are becoming aware of eating, healthy, fresh, organic and home grown foods. If you look at your Facebook page you will probably see your friends not
only posting photos of their children or dogs but also their…chicken coops!

Benefits of a “Home Grown Egg”

  • 25% more Vitamin E and 40% more Vitamin A
  • 75% more Beta Carotene
  • 20 times the amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • 1/3 the cholesterol as a factory farmed egg
  • 1/4 less saturated fat

When you crack open one of these eggs you will see a bright yellow yolk and clear whites.

The number of hens you keep depends on your local ordinances, deed restrictions and Home Owners Association rules. Roosters are usually prohibited because of the noise.

Hens start to lay eggs at 6 months old. On average, you will get 2 eggs a day with 2 hens.

Can men get Breast Cancer?

by Dr. Allison Grow

Absolutely! However, it is about 100 times less common than in women. Men have about a 1 in 1000 chance to develop breast cancer in their lifetime (comparing to a 1 in 8 chance in women). In 2017, about 2500 US men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 450 will die of it. For perspective, about 117,000 US men will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, and 85,000 will die of it.

Men have a small amount of breast tissue, and the cells lining the ducts can become cancerous just as they can in women. However, since men’s breast tissue never develops during puberty, the number of cells is much lower, and they are not stimulated by estrogen as they often are in women.

Possible symptoms of breast cancer to watch for include:

  • A lump or swelling, which is usually (but not always) painless.
  • Skin dimpling or puckering.
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin.
  • Discharge from the nipple.


  • 232,000 estimated number of new cases in the US every year
  • 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Most common type of cancer in women in the US
  • 14% of all new cancer cases
  • New case diagnosed every 2 minutes
  • Avg. age of diagnosis is 61

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Dr. Cherylle Hayes is an Oncologist at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Hayes is one of the hardest and smartest working women in the area that we know. We have seen Dr. Hayes supporting many local charitable events including PALS.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I am from Fort Lauderdale and moved to Gainesville at the end of 1996 to work with the department of radiation oncology at the University of Florida as an assistant professor. I fell in love the Gainesville community and enjoy the team I work with at North Florida Radiation Oncology (dream team).

How do you relax?

Hmmmm, that’s a good question…Is that learned? I relax by getting away and sleeping in after 8am! I love to read, exercise in any form (long walks, swimming, etc.) and really appreciate being with my friends and family.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island…It’s a great place to catch up on rest and enjoy long walks on the beach. It is peaceful, great place to roam around with a lot of natural habitat and quiet with a lot of foodie places to enjoy….

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

Waze…I’m not telling why!

From the Desktop

desk1by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

Looking back at 2016 I am amazed at how fast the last 10 years have gone. Good Life certainly has come a long way since our first issue back in 2006. My son was 10 and my daughter was 9 years old. Now they are young adults. Many of you have watched them grow up through the pages of the magazine or followed us on Facebook. You have seen them both get their drivers licenses, graduate High School and go on to college. I have seen many of your children grow up too, like, Alexa from The Floor Store in Newberry. I have been taking her photos for 10 years, and look at this beautiful young girl now. When I arrived for the last photo shoot with Alexa I had a lollipop for her. She was so excited and wanted to show me something she had bought herself. It was a shirt from Buckle! As you all know Buckle is a very expensive, trendy adult clothing store. This kind of made me realize that she was now a young adult and the lollipop would now have to be changed for something more mature in the future. Time goes by so fast. It is so wonderful to have worked with clients like The Floor Store for so many years. We have really got to know, not just their business but also the families behind the companies that advertise with us. We are so happy for Chuck Bush, from Chuck Bush Auto, who just got married. You can see some of his beautiful photos from the wedding in this issue.