Fat drops of rain were pounding down on the rust-colored mud in Malawi. It was a day in Mgwayi village that most would prefer to spend indoors. Yet, there were dozens of children outdoors waiting in line with empty bowls in their hands. Their tattered clothes, now wet, hung from their small frames. They could certainly tolerate the deluge, though, because at the end of the line there was a reward: hot porridge.
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The vision and skill needed to create functional furniture with an artful twist is no easy task. These five masters—an architect, a woodworker, a husband-and-wife duo, and a street artist—design distinctive pieces that can take months to complete and sometimes carry a hefty price tag. But in the end, it’s like collecting fine art or sculpture—the piece adds visual appeal to any corner of your home.
The summer Alexandra Cousteau turned 7 was pivotal. It was the year she learned to scuba dive, and her eyes were opened to a world that would dominate her childhood and, in fact, direct the rest of her life. The year was 1983, and her family was spending the summer on the Mediterranean Coast. Her favorite thing to do was wander over to the Monaco Oceanographic Museum where her grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, was the director.
Show up on the Rollins College campus in Winter Park any given Thursday, and you’ll discover something quite hilarious. At 1 p.m. each week a group of students gathers under an oak tree on a patch of grass behind the oldest building on campus, to laugh. That’s it, just laugh. Here’s how it goes down: There are no jokes, just laughter. The students form a circle, and 22-year-old Christian Kebbel, the group’s founder, welcomes everyone.
Cocaine was fresh in Renee Yohe’s system when Jamie Tworkowski met her three years ago. The 19-year-old disheveled blond hadn’t slept in 36 hours and wouldn’t for another 24.
Her daze was a poison-filled concoction of coke, pot, pills and alcohol. A frightening scenario for both parties, especially after discovering it would be five days before she would be able to enter a treatment center, due to the open wounds on her arms.
Steve Helling has a pretty sweet gig. On any given day he might be cruising a lush Florida golf course with Tiger Woods or ringing in the New Year with Oscar-winning Dream Girls starlett Jennifer Hudson. The next day, he might be watching Wrestlemania with Kim Kardashian or strolling around an MTVshindig, rubbing elbows with Jamie Foxx.
Sitting in front of a classroom of UCF LEAD Scholars, 27-year-old Lalita Booth looks like any other junior — sporting unassuming khaki-colored cargo pants, worn leather sandals, an oversized sweatshirt and a long ponytail of wavy, auburn locks still drying from her morning shower. The brown-eyed, freckle-faced student blends in with the roomful of her peers in every way.
For the past few months, Sigrid Tiedtke has been carefully planning a delectable menu for the upcoming Florida Film Festival, collaborating with filmmakers and finalizing educational forums. Throughout it all, however, the president of the Enzian Theater in Maitland has one priority: watching all the late Paul Newman’s classics in chronological order. It’s her personal tribute to a friend and “American hero.”
Chances are you will spot a famed foodie star or two at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Favorites like Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s hit series “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”; Paula Deen’s son Jamie Deen; female Iron Chef Cat Cora and a host of others will be making appearances.
They make the most unlikely of friends. One: a jubilant, silver-haired Irish man, who has long been a fixture in the Central Florida community. The other, a 23-year-old raised in Parramore, the son of a career criminal. Don Madden, Executive Director of Outreach Love, plays the part of omniscient sensei and Danny the role of young grasshopper.
Just listening to Chef Roland Schoefer for a few minutes is a sure-fire way to make anyone’s stomach growl. With dramatic gestures and flair, he’ll explain — in his distinct German accent — the cheeses, spices and sauces that he incorporates into his delightful dishes. When you dine at his popular establishment, Roland’s Garden, he’ll pop out of the kitchen with German specialties ranging from bratwurst to sauerbraten to pork chops. Depending on Roland’s mood, you may get thoughtfully prepared scallops wrapped in bacon, homemade bread, gravlax or beef stroganoff.
Just listening to Jens Dahlmann of Dr. Phillips for a few minutes is a surefire way to make anyone’s stomach growl. He’ll tell you, in his distinct German accent, about how his mother used to prepare delectable cakes with fresh apples from the family’s organic fruit garden; his grandfather, who was an excellent pastry chef; and his father.
Jim Ward has a lot of hobbies: cliff diving, saving sea turtles, catching lobster for dinner. Why all the water? Since his childhood growing up in the southeast United States, this 27-year-old has loved beaches. So after graduating from the University of the Virgin Islands, then spending three months working on a lemur project in Madagascar, he packed his bags for Grand Cayman.
If you haven’t heard him sing yet, chances are you will soon. He’s a young Caymanian songster with an impressive musical lineage who is rising to stardom one concert at a time. Opening acts aren’t known for capturing a crowd’s attention. But that was simply not the case when 16-year-old Rico Orrett-Ebanks took the stage at last year’s Cayman Jazz Fest
It all began with peanuts. That’s right, boiled peanuts. The year was 1994, and siblings Matt and Ted Lee, who grew up in Charleston, S.C., had just moved to New York during a blizzard. The homesick, and chilly, brothers desperately needed some comfort food. “So we figured out how to source raw peanuts in the City and boiled them up on our tenement stove,” Ted recalls.
The seaside playgrounds of the First Coast have more to offer than meets the eye. Just take a closer look: What’s waiting below the surface is just as fascinating. Off the shimmering shores of Amelia Island, underneath layers of the ocean’s floor, priceless amounts of gold and jewels are waiting to be uncovered.
Karen Peters was traipsing through remote villages in Cameroon, Africa, when it hit her. Everyone she met in the bush country, from young children to elder Baka tribesmen, had flawless skin. No blemishes. No wrinkles. Just smooth, soft complexions. Could it be their environment? Peters wondered. The wonderfully cool breezes from the ocean? The sweet and mellow aroma of hibiscus and eucalyptus trees?
Arnold Palmer is a worldwide golfing icon; that goes without saying. Take a deeper look, however, and you’ll see why the world loves him for more than his over-torqued swing. Consider this: In addition to racking up four Masters, seven other major championships and 62 victories on the PGA Tour from 1955 to 1998, Palmer, a.k.a. “The King,” is also…
Rita Marley’s explosive 44-year music career propelled her clear across the Caribbean to the plateaus of South Africa, the crowds of New York, the South Pacific islands of Tahiti and everywhere in between. But Jamaica is where her heart is. It’s the nation of her youth and where the crooning songstress met and wed legendary reggae musician Bob Marley. In turn, their evocative music and life philosophies have intertwined ever since.
Bill Frederick arrived in Orlando in 1961 as a young attorney in private practice with nothing more than an old beat-up Buick, a pregnant wife and $1,500 to his name. In fact, when he bought his one-story home that year, he couldn’t afford furniture for the living room. How things have changed.
Terry and Tia Meer’s version of a dream house scenario goes something like this: Buy five acres of arborous land in east Orange County, Fla. Build a 1,024-square-foot abode almost completely out of Southern yellow pine logs. Surround the eco-friendly enclave with more than four acres’ worth of organic gardens. Outfit the metal A-frame roof with solar paneling. And collect nearly 20 thousand gallons of rain drops a year with a handy water catchment system.
It was quite a year for Stephen Christian: After writing a fictional novella, he zipped off to Hollywood to record his fourth album as lead singer of Anberlin. In July, the shaggy-haired vocalist shared the stage with All American Rejects, Pennywise and Reel Big Fish at the Vans Warped Tour, and later he trekked to Guatemala to work alongside fair trade coffee farmers. By year’s end he will also travel to India to help stop human trafficking.
John V. Sinclair claims to be just like anyone else, with one distinct difference — he waves his arms for a living. As the artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, he is anything but typical. For starters, he is responsible for transporting classical masterworks from one generation to the next.
When you come from Cayman, falling in love with a snow-specific sport is not the norm. In fact, it’s so unusual that no Caymanian has ever participated in the Winter Olympics — until now. Dow Travers is used to standing out. But this time it’s not just because of his fiery red locks. In February, he became the first Cayman athlete to participate in the Winter Olympics.