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2:53 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Florida Holidays: Five Festive Products We Found Online

Credit zazzle.com

Department stores are mostly full of the same old stuff, so we went trolling online for some Florida-themed (read: kitschy) holiday gift ideas. Check out these real products we found on the web.

The techie in your life may already have an iPhone 5, but we bet he or she doesn't have a kayak Christmas tree case for it. We found this one for $44.95 at zazzle.com.

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2:04 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Florida Holidays: Decorations Come to Light in South Tampa

During the holidays, Hyde Park residents see their neighborhood in a new light.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF

Here's a holiday tradition in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood: Residents wrap the old oaks and palm trees that line South Boulevard with tiny white twinkle lights. Folks come from all over to drive down the street from Swann Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard to view the lights.

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2:22 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Florida Holidays: Photo Caption Time!

No caption. That's your job.
Credit Dalia Colón / WUSF

I spotted this oh-so-Florida decoration on my neighbor's lawn in Brandon. I thought it was prime caption material -- and apparently, many of you agreed. Here's what folks on WUSF's Facebook page thought up. Leave your own clever ideas in the comments section below.

Jon Tallon: Cinderella boy... outta nowhere to win the Masters.

Jeff Finn: Lazy unionized reindeer.

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Culture
1:59 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Florida Holidays: '12 Days of Christmas' Florida Style

Aleida Morse's students carry on an Academy at the Lakes tradition, performing
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Even before we came up with our Florida Holidays project, Aleida Morse was getting into the spirit.

Morse teaches performing arts at Academy at the Lakes in Land O' Lakes. Many years ago, her third-graders rewrote The 12 Days of Christmas to make it a bit more... Florida.

Geese a-laying and a partridge in a pear tree? Not so much. But Florida panthers and a big glass of sweet tea? That's more like it. (At the bottom of this post, you can read the full lyrics to the song.)

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Culture
5:27 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Parent Over Shoulder: Apps Help Mom Snoop Online, But Should She?

As more teens get mobile devices, parents are using apps to track their every tweet and post.
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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 5:57 pm

When his teenage son ventured into social media, Virginia father Mike Robinson wanted to make sure he could keep tabs on him. Robinson works in IT, so he rigged a surveillance system that works no matter what kind of device either of them is on.

"It's sort of like a version of remote desktop that enables you to run the program kind of silently in the background," Robinson says.

One day, checking in from his iPhone, Robinson discovered that his son had come across an adult meet-up site on Facebook.

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5:15 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Florida Holidays: A Spirited Parade

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Sunset Beach's tradition is the Holiday Stroll. It's a cross between Halloween and Christmas, with a dash of New Year’s Eve thrown in for good measure.

A parade route is designated in the neighborhood. Local residents wear costumes. They even dress their pets in costumes. I am ashamed to say many of the costumes are not exactly what one would call "Christmas sensitive." In fact, many would be more appropriate at the Gasparilla Night Parade.

Residents along the route put out folding tables offering food and drink. Mostly drink. Almost exclusively drink. 

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Making Sense of the Media
7:51 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Times Editor Speaks Out About Gretchen Molannen's Suicide

Gretchen Molannen
Credit EVE EDELHEIT / Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Times recently profiled Gretchen Molannen, a 39-year-old suffering from a condition called persistent genital arousal disorder.

According to the Times, it is “a debilitating condition marked by continuous sexual arousal. Women who have the disorder are physically but not psychologically aroused.”

For Molannen, having the disorder meant she couldn’t work. She said she had attempted suicide at least three times in the past year.

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Culture
3:32 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Florida Holidays: Smoked Mullet Is a Must

Robin Sussingham's father, Bob Trohn, wades in the Manatee River at the dock off his home.
Credit Courtesy of Robin Sussingham

Listen: Smoked Mullet Tradition

For my  family, the traditional holiday food is smoked mullet.

My father, Bob Trohn, has been catching and smoking mullet at his home on the river in Palmetto for more than a quarter century. When the extended family all congregate there at Christmas-time, there's always enough smoked mullet to eat and to give away to friends.

I followed my father around the dock one weekend, to see how it's done.  (A version of the story originally aired on American Public Media's Weekend America).

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Culture
11:02 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Florida Holidays: My First Florida Christmas

A 15-year-old Val poses on the dock behind the house where she spent the first of many Florida Christmases.
Credit Courtesy of Valerie Alker

Here's a sweet memory from Valerie Alker, host of All Things Considered on WGCU in Fort Myers. Val shared this tale as part of our Florida Holidays project. We'd love to hear your stories, too.

The signs of Christmas are everywhere.  Salvation Army bell ringers, decked-out stores and Christmas muzak streaming from speakers.  But through it all, the Florida sun shines, striking an odd note for some us whose  impressions of the season were formed our Northern childhoods.

The contrast was particularly marked my first Florida Christmas. My brother and I had just moved here to live with our dad.

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Making Sense of the Media
4:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

"No Journalistic Purpose" for New York Post Subway Death Photo

Kelly McBride runs the Sense-making Project at the Poynter Institute.

You may have heard about it already -- a disturbing photo of a man, just pushed in front of a subway, seconds from his death.

The New York Post published the photo on the front page with the headline, "Doomed."

Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-making Project says this boils down to two ethical questions:

1. When should a photographer put the camera down and try to help a potential victim?

2. When should newspapers print disturbing photos?

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Culture
11:33 am
Wed December 5, 2012

PBS Remixes 'Reading Rainbow,' Delights Map And Book Nerds Everywhere

LeVar Burton and 7 year old Shane Ammon exploring the all Reading Rainbow adventure app at the "Reading Rainbow Relaunch" event in June.
AP

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 4:48 pm

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10:47 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Florida Holidays: Back to Nature

Paul Taylor of Sarasota relaxes with reading material during his annual Christmas camping trip.
Credit Courtesy of Paul Taylor

While folks up North are huddling around a fireplace and donning ugly Christmas sweaters, we Floridians can celebrate the holidays al fresco. With Tampa's average high temperature of 72 degrees in December, the weather outside is anything but frightful.

Here's how some Floridians enjoy the great outdoors during the holidays.

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Culture
12:42 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Florida Holidays: Over-the-Top Christmas Lights Video

Bright idea: In this photo from 2008, WUSF reporter/producer Dalia Colón, far right, checks out the Oakdale light display with her husband, Braulio, and friends Quincy and Cara Ham.
Credit Courtesy of Dalia Colón

My husband, Braulio, and I had this Florida holiday tradition for years: First we’d meet up in downtown St. Petersburg with our friends Cara and Quincy to watch the Palladium’s free annual performance of Black Nativity.

Then our foursome was off to South St. Pete for a visit to the home at 2719 Oakdale Street South – which we lovingly referred to as the Tacky Christmas House. See for yourself in this video:

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11:15 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Florida Holidays: Alternate Modes of Transportation

WUSF news director Scott Finn, along with his children, Iris and Max, decided to give Rudolph and company the day off.
Credit Courtesy of Scott Finn

One-horse open sleigh? Try one-zebra open sleigh.

That's how we roll during Florida holidays, as illustrated by this pic from WUSF news director Scott Finn. Scott and his kids, Iris and Max, were laughing all the way at Busch Gardens last year.

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2:20 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Florida Holidays: Share Your Tropical Traditions With WUSF

Only in Florida...
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Florida doesn’t do anything by the book -- that includes celebrating the holidays. So this season, WUSF is extolling all the ways to enjoy the holidays with a Florida twist... and we want your input.

Tell us about your Florida holiday tradition. Does your family take part in a lighted boat parade, lace up for a jingle bell run or spend New Year’s Eve making sand sculptures?

Then there are the decorations. Show us your seashell ornaments, palm trees wrapped in lights and flamingoes in Santa hats.

We want your recipes, too. Do you dress your gingerbread men in Bermuda shorts or dip your latkes in Key lime jelly?

And how to do show out-of-town guests a good time in the warm weather? Do you take them caroling down the beach or spend all eight nights of Hanukkah at Disney?

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