Thanking our Service Men & Women

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 More »

How do you brew your coffee?

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 More »

OneStop to Health & Wellness in Alachua

OneStop to Health & Wellness in Alachua

by Trish Utter It is frustrating when you feel terrible and call your doctor but the next appointment is ……..the following week! Now there is a solution to being seen right away More »

A Little Bit of Bling at my House

A Little Bit of Bling at my House

by Trish Utter The Floor Store of Newberry has been advertising with Good Life Community Magazine for at least ten years. This is a family owned business that is located in Newberry, More »

LifeSouth Appreciation Luncheon

LifeSouth Appreciation Luncheon

LifeSouth threw its annual Media/Chairperson Appreciation Luncheon at their location on 13th Street in Gainesville. Each year they have a different theme. This year it was a Birthday Party. Every LifeSouth media More »

Saving our Honey Bees, One Bee at a Time

Saving our Honey Bees, One Bee at a Time

by Ruth Ward There is nothing better than biting into a sweet juicy apple but if we don’t help our bee population that will be a thing of the past! Without honey bees, More »


Maple Syrup…Yum!

by Ruth Ward

One of my pet peeves is going to a fabulous restaurant and ordering pancakes that are organic and look amazing, but then the server hands you a bottle of ……manufactured syrup!!!! What a way to ruin a
great meal!

I acquired the taste for the real stuff when I lived in Maine, New Hampshire, and Boston. Up there people are serious about their syrup. They even have blindfold taste tests to see if they can tell which grade it is.  Vermont is the largest maple syrup producer in the country.

Most of us in the US have used Log Cabin which only contains 4% real maple syrup or Aunt Jemima’s that contains this – Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Cellulose Gum, Caramel Color, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium, Benzoate and Sorbic Acid (preservatives) Sodium Hexametaphosphate. You might notice that there is NOT one drop of real Maple Syrup in it!

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

by Anya Mayr

Winter: the time of snuggly warm hot cocoa drinks, twinkly lights, and the unabashed smell of cinnamon. While winter in Florida lacks the cotton-white snow and piles of amber-colored leaves, the weather dips, hearty holiday meals, and stressful schedules can have a significant impact on your health. This winter, be sure to follow some healthy holiday tips to keep in tiptop shape throughout the season and into the new year!

Have a Heart Healthy Holiday

Don’t worry – you don’t have to skip out on your grandma’s delicious stuffing tradition or rid yourself of the pumpkin pie! However, make it a point to enjoy your favorite holiday meals in moderation. Holiday meals tend to be high in cholesterol, which in turn can increase your risk of heart disease. If you do choose to stray away from the traditional path, plan on creating some holiday meals that include mushrooms! Not only are they a delicious, heart-healthy, gluten-free (and vegan!) option, but they also have immunity components that help boost your protection against colds and viruses. For more information on improving heart health, visit

How Trendy are You?

by Brooke Utter

You have all heard of Louis Vuitton and Chanel but are you cool enough to have heard of BAPE and Supreme?

After my recent trip to LA, San Francisco, and New York City, I caught onto a few fashion trends. You may have noticed your teens wearing T-Shirts with a cartoon graphic of an ape or Supreme’s red logo on clothing and even plastered on exotic cars. Did you check the brand and the price?

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

 by Ruth Ward

Sharon Breitinger’s breast cancer journey began on October 10, 2017, the day of diagnosis. Sharon describes her initial reaction as one of shock, fear and the feeling that this cannot be real. She states, “First thing we did was call my awesome mom, because not only did we need her support but she had breast cancer over 25 years ago and is a very healthy Breast Cancer Survivor”. Her husband, Pete, is a physician’s assistant and he reached out to his vast medical network and quickly identified the best team of providers for her specific diagnosis. Dr. Sarantos, Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Hayes. “That is how my family and I aligned with North Florida Radiation Oncology (NFRO) and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) at The Cancer Center of North Florida Regional Medical Center,” Sharon reports.

Dr. Cherylle Hayes, Medical Director at NFRO recalls, “When I first met Sharon in October, 2017, I knew she had a long road ahead.” Sharon’s care was determined by a multidisciplinary cancer treatment team and included surgery and chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. Dr. Hayes knew she would not see Sharon back in her office until surgery and chemotherapy were completed. However, she was pleasantly surprised to see her just a few weeks after her initial visit. “I saw her sitting in the front row of the first local Lyrics for Life concert hosted by our celebrity band, Sister Hazel, benefitting cancer patients. Here she is I thought, “a patient herself sitting in the audience. What a trooper!” I left that evening thinking about her, her family, what her day must be like and what her needs would be on a routine basis. How does someone get through treatment and maintain quality of life, daily activities, work life, and family life? At North Florida Radiation Oncology patients are thought of as “visiting family” and they become a part of the team with physicians, staff and other providers.

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

by Trish Utter

You all know I have a passion for cars. I find that they are like a piece of exquisite art work and I also thoroughly enjoy the excitement of speed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a supercar for Christmas?

It was during the car show, Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island that I met Ferris Rezvani. He is an extremely talented guy. His father was a F-4 fighter pilot who enjoyed the power and speed of the plane and passed this need for exhilaration on to his son.

Rezvani wanted to transfer that thrill to a beautifully engineered car for the public so they could experience the shear joy of what a supercar could do. Rezvani Motors was created in 2014 with this passion in mind. Rezvani was one of the designers of Vencer’s Sarthe supercar who had worked with Ferrari, and Aston Matin DBC.

When I met Rezvani he had shipped his car, aptly named the …..Beast, from Rezvani Motors in Orange County, California to the east coast just for this show. It’s sexy lines and performance were a big hit with car enthusiasts and collectors. It has appeared on Jay Leno’s Garage. The Beast is a “Head Turner!” In fact the car was mobbed with people looking at it. This car uses the Ariel Atom chassis with a carbon fiber body which makes it light weight and therefore very fast.

Rezvani Motors also produces Xtreme Utility Vehicle (XUV), not to be confused with SUV’s. This is not your average soccer mom vehicle but a combat, off road rugged machine. This chunky, tough, military vehicle is named the ….TANK!

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Chuck Bush

Chuck Bush started Chuck Bush Auto 25 years ago, located in Gainesville, and not far from the Hippodrome Theatre, in downtown Gainesville. He has become an automotive icon. He is often seen at a Gator game or at Gator Nationals with his bright yellow race car.

Where are you from?

I was born in Gainesville at Alachua General Hospital. I moved to Alachua in 2014 with my wife, Michele Bush. I went to Buchholz in 9th grade and graduated from P.K. Yonge.

How do you relax?

Riding my horses on trails and camping in a Cruse America R.V., and Kayaking on the Santa Fe River.

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

Lately on weekends we like to go to a small, quiet place called Palm Coast Villas near Flagler Beach. We go there to see our grand babies that live over there.

Ranch Finders is Growing

1-1,000 Acres…We Can Find It!

RANCH FINDERS has found success being the premiere land sales company in North Florida. They employ the most knowledgeable land experts in the area who specialize in all things land related, whether buying or selling for commercial or residential purpose they are the experts and are passionate about accomplishing your goals. Realtors with land expertise are hard to find, Ranch Finders agents have the experience to handle rural land issues such as development planning, water and mineral rights, public land leases, hunting tags, livestock and farm production, conservation easements, wildlife habitat enhancement, tax credits and so much more. In addition, the agents have distinctive backgrounds and education in land sales as well as knowledge in law, finance, outfitting, marketing, development, public land transactions, and land conservation, the Ranch Finders group is uniquely qualified to market your ranch or help you acquire a new property.

While expertise in land sales is important, marketing is equally important Ranch Finders offers a wide range of ranch marketing services to effectively sell your property. Their knowledgeable team of agents and integrated marketing strategy will stand out and get noticed by qualified buyers. In today’s technology savvy world, the web is the first stage of discovery for the potential buyer. Ranch Finders uses the most recent technology to sell your property from drone videos to social media marketing they have the best marketing plan for rural property sales starting with their website, www.RanchFinders.com which attracts thousands of visitors per month.

Choosing the right Realtor is the most important component. Ranch Finders is dedicated to the highest quality of customer service, they will sit down with you and discuss the unique features of your property. You know why your property is special, they will use your expertise to figure out the most effective way to communicate this message to the buyer. These are the questions you should ask when interviewing a land specialist:

  • How many “land” properties have you listed/sold in the past year?
  • How many years have you been selling land properties?
  • What is your personal knowledge and expertise that will sell my property?

Ranch Finders uses these resources to sell your property:


  • Drone Videos
  • Photography
  • Listing Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Property Brochures

Social Media:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • Linked In


  • Cattleman’s Journal
  • Lands of Florida
  • HorseProperties.net
  • Land Watch
  • Lands of America

These are resources regularly use, each property will have a customized marketing plan targeting the right audience for your listing.

Ranch Finders founders, Bill & Marilyn Deas founded Ranch Finders out of necessity years ago when they had land to sell and could not find anyone qualified to sell it. Bill, is an attorney knowledgeable in land & cattle regulations and Marilyn, who was a Corporate Executive for Sprint has a degree in Advertising & Public Relations which is invaluable in the real estate business. Year after year Marilyn has sold millions of dollars in development, agricultural and luxury estates she is considered the very best in the industry! Marilyn & Bill live on their Cattle Ranch where Bill runs the operations. Their motto is – “Ranchers Helping Ranchers.”

Ranch Finders Broker Rhonda Sweat has been a land specialist for 30-years, as a 5th generation Floridian, Rhonda knows her product and is a highly regarded real estate professional experienced in every aspect of land sales from sprawling ranches to 1-acre home-sites. Having won numerous awards for annual multi-million dollars sales she takes a back seat to no one in her field. Rhonda lives on a hobby farm with her husband Chris and son Chase. As a family they enjoy their small cow to calf operation and spending time on the water. Rhonda’s motto is- “Providing Hometown Service & Worldwide Exposure.”



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