How I got into shape in my 60’s

How I got into shape in my 60’s

by Terry Martin-Back You may have read a couple of my articles covering local cycling trails and my experiences of riding them. What you don’t know is that, I only started cycling More »

Top Speed of….26 mph!

Top Speed of….26 mph!

By Trish Utter I was very lucky to fly to England to experience the 123rd, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run that is organized by the Royal Automobile Club, and sponsored by More »

Cain & Cain, the local Power Couple

Cain & Cain, the local Power Couple

by Trish Utter There is nothing sweeter that a happy couple, and that is what I found when I met up with Lori and Hugh Cain. Big smiles were on their faces More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Steve Frisco

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Steve Frisco

Meet Steve Frisco, one of the attorneys at Robert A. Rush, P.A. in Gainesville, FL. Steve is extremely dedicated to his work with criminal defense, auto accident cases, and other civil matters More »

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Drum roll please! The…yes, THE, most jaw dropping car show on the East coast will be at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, March 5th to the 8th. My friends know that I More »


A Once in a Lifetime Drive

by Trish Utter

My daughter, Brooke and I were staying in LA but thought we would have a quick road trip. We rented a car from Enterprise on Sunset Boulevard. The assistant, named Eva, was wonderful and quickly had us on the road. We drove up Route 5 to Mill Valley near San Francisco as this was the quickest way and we were in a hurry, but on the way back down we opted for the iconic coastal road trip of Route 1.

The day started off with us driving from the beautiful redwood village of Mill Valley and over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. The beautiful orange structure of the bridge gracefully appeared through the clouds. The traffic was light, the car windows were down so the cool air blew through our hair. Within a short time we were out of the busy city and heading through tall evergreens towards Carmel. Carmel is famous for its golf course, Pebble Beach. Not only do they host some famous golf tournaments but it is also home of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the largest car shows in the US.

Local Celebrity Spotlight

Meet Paul Ramey

Paul Ramey is the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Natural History Museum. He started his career with the museum in
1999. You will often find him interacting with the visitors or working on a new exhibit or event.


Where are you from?

I was born in Gainesville, Florida, and grew up here. I attended Kirby Smith, Lincoln and GHS.

Where did you go to school?

I graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Journal-ism with a Business Minor. I’m a Gator!

Are you from Gainesville?

Explore … indoors!

It can make you crazy when it’s raining or freezing cold, which doesn’t happen around here much, more like, blazing hot!!! The kids are going bonkers with nothing to do due to the weather so what do you do? Here are a couple of great places to visit when you are getting cabin fever.

Florida Museum of Natural History

This museum is on the campus of the University of Florida. No matter what your age there is something here to interest you. Right now the museum is home to a traveling exhibit called, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World, that is in Gainesville until January 5, 2020.

One of the most impressive parts of the Crocs exhibit is Gomek. This saltwater crocodile was captured in Papua New Guinea and shipped to Ocala in 1917. A few years later he was sold to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park where he was known to be tame and loved by all. In 1997 he passed away at the age of 80 from heart disease and measured 17.9ft and weighed a whopping 1,896 lbs!

If you have small kids they will love the interactive area called the Discovery Zone. This is free and a perfect place to entertain a child during bad weather days. There is a section with two Microeve microscopes where you can put a feather, butterfly or a variety of other items under the lens to view the magnified item on a monitor screen. Imaginations can go wild in here with all the interactive things children can do. Nearby is a table seat up for up to four children, for an archaeology dig …..without all the dirt, as it works digitally. There is no telling what might be unearthed, and kids really get excited about it. All these hands on displays are far better than sticking kids in front of a TV or a cell phone and best of all, this area is FREE!

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Located on Park Avenue in the historic town of Winter Park near Orlando this museum is worth the drive. The beautiful historic building is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) artwork anywhere. Here you will walk through jewel colored rooms that come to life with elegant leaded-glass Tiffany lamps and windows. You will get up close to Tiffany’s art work and be able to see how Tiffany cleverly layered the glass on top of each other to give the effect of the texture of fabric, or the illusion of running water. You will also walk through rooms evidencing the influences of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts styles. Although the museum is small it’s packed full of exquisite pieces of art work. Many might be surprised to learn that Louis Comfort Tiffany not only worked with leaded-glass but also blew glass, painted, and designed jewelry.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

I am amazed at the reach Good Life Community Magazine has. I was in Jacksonville recently and someone stopped me to say, “Aren’t you the publisher of Good Life?” They recognized me! I asked how they saw the magazine as we are not over in Jacksonville…..yet. They said they found a copy in their doctors office and then started to follow us on social media. Wow, I was so flattered. Even my dog Daphne has become well known. Actually I have to tell you something funny. I was walking her in Gainesville and someone exclaimed…. “That’s Daphne from Good Life Community Magazine!” They then said to me, “that dog is famous, I know her from that magazine. What a nice dog, you must be walking her for the owner.”

Food that’s in Fashion!

Does your college kid rave about avocado toast? Do you feel puzzled by this? Maybe you feel you should take up yoga to have to enjoy a slice! It’s the new, sexy, food that started buzzing in 2010, but unlike the trendy fat filled burger of the 1980’s this is a trend your teen should be encouraged with. Over 4.24 ….billion avocados are sold in the USA each year and most end up on toast! So where did this trendy food come from? The fruit grows in Mexico but its claim to fame is from a restaurateur in Sydney, Australia named Bill Granger, who, in 1993, put avocado toast on the menu of his restaurants named, “Bills,” but there are reports of avocado toast dating as far back as the 1920’s in San Francisco. Due to its rough skin, an avocado is often referred to as an “alligator pear.” It’s packed with some amazing health benefits. They contain more potassium than bananas, and are high in fiber, and lower cholesterol by 22%, and triglyceride levels by 20%, and increase HDL by 11%.

Now you have the scoop on the new supper food, so pick up your yoga mat and impress your teen with homemade Avocado Toast!

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 fundraising fashion event of the year. It raises money for the Met’s Costume Institute. The 2019 theme was “Camp,” which was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” And in true Hollywood style the stars dazzled us with outrageous costumes on the red carpet. We saw a lot eye popping color and glitter, and this will be reflected in the stores for your summer of 2019 wardrobe.

You will be shocked to know that the 1980’s Laura Ashley style florals are back, along with big puffy sleeves and…shoulder pads! Hmm, memories of Dallas and Dynasty days are ahead!

I also hate to break it to you, but the 1990 punk rock style, neon colors, mixed with a splash of animal print and/or polka dots is also back! The idea is to mix the floral prints with a solid block of color. So a flowery skirt can be paired with a lime green shirt.

Yellow will be one of the years most dominant colors for the season. Great for brunettes…. not so great for blondes. As a rule of thumb, if you have dark hair, bright colors accentuate your natural coloring. If you are blonde, dark or pastel colors accent your hair better.

Local Car Clubs & Car Meets

If you love cars and you are looking for something to do, check out these fun events. Cars are like a piece of art but it is not only the cars that are interesting, it’s the people that own them. Visit an event and listen to the stories the car owners tell of how they got their car and why. You will come away with new fiends and an appreciation of their vehicles.

Gainesville Car Friends

Every Friday night you will find this young, enthusiastic group on the roof top of the parking garage by the Phillips Center. You can expect to see around 30-50 cars. Lots of Japanese imports, American muscle cars, and European cars, of which many have been modded. You will find many people involved in the automotive world here, hanging out and talking about their straight pipe exhausts and their latest add-ons to their vehicle. This club is free to join via their Facebook page and open to all.