Sue Quigley

A pocket of tranquility

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I’m sitting under a shady palm, book in hand, a cold drink in the other. There’s a gentle breeze coming off the blue-green water, and the soft chirping of sea birds is the only noise disturbing my afternoon reverie. 

I could almost be on a tiny South Seas island, hours away from civilization but in reality, I’m on a tiny, tiny piece of Florida called Palm Island. 

Palm Island is located about 9 miles south of Englewood, Florida, off the coast from Cape Haze. Not really an accurate name as it is made up of 4 interconnected islands.

Horse Heaven

There’s nothing quite like the bond between a horse and its owner and Kym and John Holzwart understand that more than anyone. The couple breed Spotted Saddle Horses and own the Spotted Dance Ranch in Brooksville.

Located near the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, close to exit 301 of I75 and Brooksville, the couple’s ranch is also the perfect getaway to stay with your horse and ride Croom’s more than 50 miles of horse trails. 

Touring on two wheels

I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed several Segway tours throughout Europe. From Rome to Berlin to Stockholm and now, here at home, in Tampa and St.Petersburg. It’s a whole load of fun once you suss out your equilibrium!

After seeing a great deal for tickets on Groupon, I took my daughter and granddaughter on a Magic Carpet Glide Segway Tour in Tampa.

What is a Segway, you ask? It’s a two-wheeled, self-balancing motorized personal vehicle with an upright handlebar. There’s a generous platform for your feet  and, once powered on, the Segway balances automatically.

Feng Shui? Therapy or Curse?

She called me at 4 a.m. in tears and babbling on that her new sofa had just been delivered and was 1” too long.

What?

In between her sobs and shrieks of “what am I going to do?” I finally figured out the gorgeous new sofa she had waited for weeks to be delivered was about to annihilate her carefully engineered Feng Shui.

Longtime friend, Cassie, who lives in London, tends to be a bit emotional when things don’t go as planned. She morphed into a Feng Shui fruitcake after meeting an alleged guru on the subject a few years ago.

Three buses looking for tender love and care

Every year, the Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, opens it doors to over 1,300 children to provide a safe haven during out-of-school time and over the summer.

In order to provide a variety of educational enrichment activities, including field trips and fun in a positive environment while learning new skills, the organization uses three donated school buses to transport students to and fro.

For the love of dance

A mainstay of dance instruction in Hernando County, Serena’s Dance Palace is celebrating 20 years of helping students develop confidence and creativity through dance.

Owner and teacher of Serena’s Dance Palace, Serena Young opened her dance school in 1997. She began dancing at age 11 and most every day can still be found dancing with her students in her Spring Hill dance school.

“It was my mom who encouraged me to start dance classes,” said Serena. “And I’m so thankful she did.”

Aquamation: A gentle, ecofriendly pet cremation

Located in Brooksville, Natures Pet Loss is offering pet owners a unique method of cremation known as aquamation.

Owner Joyce Moreau feels saying goodbye to a beloved family pet is never easy.

“It’s not just about the pet, it’s also about the “pet parents” and the grief they’re going through,” she explained. “I like to be here for the parents day or night.

Discover Orlando’s Pioneers by moonlight

Curious to experience a cemetery after dusk when the gates are locked and closed? Now you can.

Greenwood Cemetery in the City of Orlando holds monthly moonlight walking tours that take you on a historical stroll through the cemetery. The walk is approximately four miles within the 120-acre cemetery and visits about 100 graves of notable individuals in Orlando’s history.

Established in 1880, Greenwood Cemetery offers scenic views during the day and glimpses of historical dignitaries, but exploring it in the dark by the light of the moon is a totally different experience.