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My Thanksgiving with Charlton Heston, Chopin, an English vegetarian and Mozart

My Thanksgiving with Charlton Heston, Chopin, an English vegetarian and Mozart

There is often something daunting about holidays which is conveyed in the fearful rhetoric we employ — “Did you get through the holidays?” “Did you pull off Thanksgiving?”

December 31, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Lido pavilion plan bad business for Sarasota

Lido pavilion plan bad business for Sarasota

Solving pool maintenance, restroom repair and concession stand problems by mortgaging off a critical asset of a community is hardly what anyone elected the Sarasota Commission to accomplish.

October 29, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

What Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Trump and all of us have in common

What Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Trump and all of us have in common

It is not just Hollywood actresses; unfortunately we all have a little Harvey Weinstein in us.

October 15, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Don’t be seduced; both Trump and the NFL players can be wrong

Don’t be seduced; both Trump and the NFL players can be wrong

I hate the way the dynamics of television urge us to become self-righteous and take sides.

October 15, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Sarasota Bayfront Plan: Our best way for culture to offset condos

Sarasota Bayfront Plan: Our best way for culture to offset condos

Once the plan is delivered in a year and the City Commission gets its hands on it, it will be akin to watching third graders toss a Fabergé egg around the room while praying it doesn’t hit the floor.

October 9, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

The real disaster is Florida Power & Light

The real disaster is Florida Power & Light

Everything was back to normal with the exception of one huge monolithic entity — FPL and its power grid. The damage was minimal, but FPL and its electrical system failure turned a “we got lucky moment” into an economically costly series of ever-frustrating disasters.

September 16, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

The chaotic frenzy of Media, Hurricane Irma and the US Open

The chaotic frenzy of Media, Hurricane Irma and the US Open

Reporters today seek to fit the situation as if they are method acting for all of us. None is more annoying than Anderson Cooper who has a fashion outfit in the closet for every situation — Afghanistan khakis, tight black t-shirts for Katrina rescue work and blue suits for Washington DC days.

September 8, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

How a caffeined-up Al Pacino threatened my home — Part III

How a caffeined-up Al Pacino threatened my home — Part III

I saw my face reflected in the mirror that looms in the foyer by the kitchen. I was tired, unshaven and looked like a derelict George Clooney in the final scenes of The Perfect Storm before the boat goes under.

August 30, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

How espresso nearly destroyed a family — Part I

How espresso nearly destroyed a family — Part I

eBay for me is a miracle of the modern marketplace. Take the frenetic otherworldly energy of the Medina in Fez Morocco and combine it with the ability to switch between worlds like Steve Jobs wanted us all to do and even the Dalai Lama risks an addiction to hunting and buying

August 3, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

How my marriage survives caffeine-fueled mania — Part II

How my marriage survives caffeine-fueled mania — Part II

The following is part II of the story in which my purchase of a used once-$6,000 espresso machine off of EBay changed my life in short order. The story continues after I have committed to buying the Espresso machine unbeknownst to my wife and I am driving toward Fort Lauderdale to get it instead of heading to work.

August 3, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »