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Jun 9, 2021

We can all do more, be more and move past gender barriers

For the last nine months, I’ve been immersed in the worlds of Navarre and Santa Rosa County.

It’s been fascinating and challenging to understand the smaller community of the area stretched along U.S. Highway 98 and the county, which includes everything from high-rise condominiums to agriculture.


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Jun 2, 2021

Florida life is as good as advertised

I grew up with snow and ice in the winter, the smell of burning leaves in the fall and tulips popping up in strange places in the spring, along with a sea of mud.

The summers in Illinois were warm enough for swimming and boating, as long as you chose the right day of the year and the right time of the day.


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May 26, 2021

Lifeguards are real-life superheroes

I grew up jumping off high dives, which were common in community pools back then. I spent hours each week in the water during the summer months, both the chlorinated kind and the muddy lukewarm river kind that ran past my house.

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May 20, 2021

Past is a gift you’ve already opened

Before my oldest two children went to college, I made each of them a book.

I filled a three-ring binder with letters from close friends and family members, as well as advice on all of the things that you don’t know you don’t know until you get far from home.


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May 12, 2021

Grateful for that first job and lessons learned from it

On my 16th birthday, I went straight from the driver’s license bureau to the Howard Johnson’s by the interstate and got my first job.

Back then, that’s what teens did. They worked in restaurants and were grateful for the opportunity.


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May 5, 2021

Babysitting a lizard provides a new experience

I spent Friday night babysitting a lizard for my daughter who turned 23 Saturday. Both halves of that sentence are improbable sounding to me. That I would babysit a lizard and that my oldest child would turn 23.

When you are in the first blush of parenting, it seems they will be little forever.


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Apr 28, 2021

Putting people in boxes isn’t necessary to understand the world

For the last eight months, I’ve been immersed in the worlds of Navarre and Santa Rosa County.

It’s been fascinating and challenging to understand the smaller community of the area stretched along U.S. Highway 98 and the county, which includes everything from high-rise condominiums in the south to agriculture in the north.


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Apr 21, 2021

Putting a voice and face to a name

Almost as soon as we moved to the area 25 years ago, we started getting occasional calls for “Dr. Rudman.” People wanted to make appointments or cancel them for this doctor who shares our name. At the time, he was in Walton County.

We didn’t know him or anything about him.


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Apr 14, 2021

Wendy Victora Rudman: Never say never

A life fully lived is one where you have proven yourself wrong dozens, maybe even hundreds of times.

I’m not talking about giving a cashier the wrong change and then catching your own error. I’m talking about at every stage of life making pronouncements about how you’ll never do this or you’ll never feel like that and you’ll certainly never become THAT.


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Apr 7, 2021

Taking one for the American team

Earlier this year, I got a summons in the mail indicating that I’d been selected to serve as a juror in a federal court trial. It’s hard to find the right word to describe my reaction. “Thrilled” doesn’t resonate. Neither does “honored” or “eager.”


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