Your Christmas Shopping is in the Bag

Your Christmas Shopping is in the Bag

by Trish Utter What can you get that special person in your life for Christmas? Well, how about a handbag, maybe go all out and buy the best of the best, an More »

Dogs in the Office

Dogs in the Office

by Trish Utter Do you take your dog to work? If not, you should. I have my dog Daphne with me all the time. I adopted her from Alachua County Animal Services More »

The Whiskey Snob

The Whiskey Snob

by Terry Martin Black When was your first whiskey experience? For many of us, it happened in our teenage years, early college and for some of us, the first pass during basic More »

Community PIX

Community PIX

We know you love the Gator Nation! Here are a few photos sent into to Good Life Community Magazine by our readers who wanted to show they bleed, Orange and Blue. More »

It’s All in the Details

It’s All in the Details

by Trish Utter When you walk into a Hartley Brothers, Inc, home you get the …wow factor! High ceilings, stunning kitchens with spacious kitchen islands, walk in pantries and all the latest More »

Meet Dr. Greg Snodgrass

Meet Dr. Greg Snodgrass

Dr. Greg Snodgrass is the owner of North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care and one of the states top cataract surgeons. Locals know him as a great family man and a More »

Bringing Readers and Writers Together

Bringing Readers and Writers Together

by Roz Miller Several hundred published authors live and write in our midst. These talented wordsmiths are our family, friends, neighbors and associates who have colorful, interesting characters frolicking about in their More »

The “Unique” Talking Walls of the Historic Haile Homestead

The “Unique” Talking Walls of the Historic Haile Homestead

by Karen Kirkman In 1854 Thomas Evans and Serena Chesnut Haile moved their family from Camden, South Carolina to Gainesville, Florida. Their 6,200 sq ft home was built by 56 enslaved laborers More »


Car Events with #POWR_GRL

Orlando Cars & Coffee

Every 2nd Saturday, 8-10am, is held at Donut Fuelpresso in Winter Park. The event is free and open to all car enthusiasts.  OrlandoCarsandCoffee.com or on Facebook.

Classic European Car Club of Gainesville, Florida

The Classic European Car Club of Gainesville, Florida can be found on Facebook. The Classic European Car Club of Gainesville, Florida can be found on Facebook. The club is open to anyone with a European car. Many member have Porsches as it is tied into the Jacksonville area Porsche club. The club meets once a month for dinner, drives and car events. If you would like to join please email thomasolmsted@outlook.com.

To see more car events visit #POWR_GRL on Facebook and Instagram

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 invited to visit North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care for a tour and to sit in on a few operations performed by Dr. Gregory Snodgrass and his team.

On doing a little research into Dr. Snodgrass’s background, I found that Dr. Snodgrass is a Board Certified, Ophthalmologist, and listed in the publication, ‘The Leading Physicians of the World,’ as one of the top Ophthalmologists!!!! He has been in practice for over 30 years. Dr. Snodgrass is, the Most Experienced Cataract Surgeon in the North Central Florida area and has performed over 25,000 cataract surgeries! ……..and we’re lucky enough to have him in our Gator 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 beautiful area.

I have only recently taken up cycling and have discovered several fantastic trails surrounding our community. The Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail has become a regular ride for me. My wife, Debra is not a fan of cycling but out of curiosity asked me where I get on the trail? I start at Boulware Springs which is the head of the trail in Gainesville, and to my surprise, my wife had no idea what Boulware Springs was or where it is located. As my wife had not heard about Boulware Springs or the Hawthorne Trail I realized that there must be many others living in our Good Life Community who have no idea, or have the misconception of thinking, the trail is only for cyclists. If you are looking for a simple outdoor walking adventure, pack up the family and visit Boulware Springs park.

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.