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Our mission is to reach out to those who seek a spiritual home.  

Our ongoing work is to build and sustain an open, caring, and accepting community for all ages
... so together we may explore and experience diverse beliefs, grow spiritually, and promote a society that affirms these aspirations.
CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080
President's Message
Greetings Friends!

Sometimes life does not "go our way..." and we can become angry, depressed or bitter about this. 

The fact that this is a "normal" part of life is not lost on me, or on most people who take the time to reflect upon their lives and consider the world as a learning opportunity. 

I have many times experienced undesirable situations in my life, and I am happy to say that my experience with CUUC has shown me that when life is "handing you lemons,"  belonging to a community like that shared by our congregation can make a Huge Difference in one's quality of life. The sharing and caring for one another that happens in our community can help a struggling person get through challenging times and situations with heart, soul, and integrity intact. This is what drew the members of the CUUC Board of Trustees into a conversation about circles of care. These exist in communities where folks reach out to others and strengthen the bonds that help us cope with difficult times.
A phone call, a card, even a text message [or a Video Chat Online!] Can really brighten someone's day  - especially if they are Self-Isolating in order to stay safe in these troubled days of the Pandemic. I know that many of us really Miss the face-to-face contact that helps a person stay "connected" with others on a day-to-day basis, and I wish that I - and most of the people I know  - didn't Need to feel that the Best Way to "Stay Safe" during these months is to continue Self-Isolating, but the alternative  - "playing with fire" as a potentially disease runs rampant - just isn't worth the risk to us.

Our CUUC BOT has discussed the possibility of small groups getting together at members' homes as they desire - knowing that a visit with friends becomes less risky the fewer people are involved... But we agreed that keeping groups out of our church building is the safest path for now - as we wait for medical science to provide more reliable information about COVID-19 and give comfort to those among us who want quantifiable and accurate data about the Pandemic instead of speculation [which unfortunately tends very seldom, if ever, to be coming from our nation's elected officials these days. Sigh...] 

I myself have enjoyed a number of "dinner dates" at the home of a cherished friend who happens to be a Fabulous Cook... I bring a folding chair and a "T.V. Tray" table, and she sets up a table and chair for herself at a safe distance... and we eat "al fresco" (twice under the shelter of her garage opening  - because it rained or "sprinkled"  - once under the Open Sky)... I have heard of others whose creative solutions to the question of, "How can I socialize with my friends - Safely?" have inspired folks to emulate them. 

As the rates of infection are increasing in Florida and other states that hurried to "Re-Open for Business," I wish the number of people who have been coming to shop where I work WITH A MASK ON was more than a Small Minority... but on a positive note, since the "Black Lives Matter" movement has inspired vast throngs of citizens around the world to take a stand against police brutality aimed at 'people of color'  (I was excited about the opportunity to bring more details about this matter to light in our Sunday Morning Service on Fathers' Day, since I have watched SO MANY Videos about the subject ever since the death of George Floyd reignited this movement in a major way) - I am happy to report that many more people of color ARE Wearing Masks when they come in to Shop! I am happy, therefore, to think that word has been getting around about relative risk factors. When my late grandmother said, "A Virus Doesn't Discriminate," she was referring to HIV, and at face value her comment remains true, but unfortunately we have learned that when a society is plagued by systemic racism, some people are able to Self-Isolate more easily than others, and many people of color are folks who found themselves working in the "Essential" categories  - and thus, more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 than others...

I am proud of the members of CUUC who have been doggedly protesting Injustice in our human society  - THANK YOU! And I am proud of our members who have pledged to support political causes that advance the "progressive agenda" we believe in as Unitarian Universalists, which is plain to see when you read our U.U. Principles and Traditions. I am proud of those who have made information about causes, legislation and candidates available us (Pat Gadbaw comes to mind - as a member of the League of Women Voters, she has spoken to CUUC about the League's positions - while not endorsing any specific candidates for office, the League has investigated candidates' "track records" and "on-the- record" positions about subjects that are important to progressives in Volusia County and elsewhere. Pat has given us a great deal to think about  - on numerous occasions!)

While CUUC's Board of Trustees will honor our belief in the necessity of "the Separation of Church and State" required by our nation's founders nearly 250 years ago, we have always had members  - like the late Walt deYoung  - who were very outspoken in regard to their personal beliefs and voting records  - I admired Walt so much for standing up for what he believed in - over  - and over - and over again! His indefatigable willingness to "Speak Truth To Power" made him a true Hero in my eyes (if Walt were here Today, he'd have SO MUCH To Say about what has been going on in this country  - and the world!) I BLESS YOUR MEMORY, Walt! Thank You for backing up your convictions with Actions!

May we each be Safe, and Cared For, and Heard, and Listened To  - by those around us, and those whose opinion Matters to Us!
THIS is My Prayer Today!

Joe WolfArth

Joe WolfArth

A Month of Sundays

July 5th

Steve Baker
"A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose"

Part Two from Eckhart Tolle's second bestseller that
was made into an interactive podcast series with
Oprah Winfrey.  Steve will examine what new
insights Tolle has for us from this 2005 bestseller.

Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

July 12th 

Discussion led by Joe Wolfarth

"What is Your Version of Utopia"

July 19th

Dr. Thomas Cook
Dr. Tom Cook, a Professor of Philosophy at Rollins College,
is a returning speaker to CUUC.   He teaches  Philosophy of Mind,
History of Modern Philosophy; Logic; and Philosophy in Literature and has
research interests in 17th century philosophy (esp. Spinoza); Philosophy
of Mind and Moral Psychology.  Dr. Cook earned a  B.A. at Johns
Hopkins University and an M.A. and Vanderbilt University. 
The topic for his talk: To Be Announced

Service Leader: Kathi Smith

July 26th 

Rev. Kathy Tew-Rickey
Topic: To BeAnnounced
Service Leader: Rosa Lake

Our May-June services were presented live over Zoom Meeting on the Internet. 
We will continue with this format until we can join each other in worship. 
Since we are unsure of all our  June and July presenters and their comfort level
with this program, we will be sending out the weekly invite with the topic for the week. 
  If you haven't been following our emails, here are some simple directions for
downloading Zoom.and using it.

Setting up the Zoom App- do this as soon as possible !!!!!!!
Go to Zoom website
In the upper right-hand corner of the webpage, click “sign up, it’s free”
Enter a valid email to be associated with your Zoom account. Follow
the steps to finalize the account. 

Now you will be ready when we send the email invitation to join a
Zoom meeting of the Worship service.  Please note that you can only
join the meeting 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start.  This is also
advisable as others can help you with technical problems.
There are several ways to join a meeting. You can join a meeting by
the meeting id (with password), using the link provided in the email, or
by dialing in on your phone via the New York number provided in the
email.  The easiest method is the link but you must be patient as it
takes a little while before it joins.

Kudos to all who worked to make our services happen live.  Kudos to
our service leaders who are learning to use Zoom and thank you to
our speakers who have either videotaped their talk or our planning to
join the Zoom live on Sundays.
Looking Ahead to August's Services

August  2nd - Grey Ghosthawk "Full Moon Release Ritual"
Learn about how the Native Americans Walked in Balance
on the Earth in their Traditions of living their Spirituality on a
daily basis and allowing Spirit to guide them on their life walk. 
An overview of the belief systems and way of life as well a look
at some of the Ceremonies and Rituals from North, Central,
and South American Native Cultures.  Start your Walk In Balance
the Native American way.

August 9th- Kathi Smith "Atheism and Agnosticism"
August 16th- Kathryn Quick "Bhagavad Gita"
August 23rd -Rabbi Merrill Shapiro
August 30th- Rev. Mark Spivey
I was just thinking about some of the things I miss about not being in our church building.  It goes without saying I miss the people and the fellowship the most.  But beyond that I'm writing/thinking about other things, small but important things that I miss. 

Remember Pat Gadbaw’s delicious Cheese Cookies!  I always liked when Pat provided Hospitality - all her homemade treats are tasty, but especially those Cheese Cookies.  I had never eaten Cheese Cookies before, don’t think that’s a Southern thing, is it?  So I called Pat, no, not just to talk about the Cheese Cookies but to touch base/catchup.  Pat and I can commiserate, we both recently lost our long-time best friends, our old dogs.  No one can understand that pain more than someone else who has suffered through it.  But while I hesitate to commit to loving another dog, happily Pat has moved on, she has a new puppy, an active black Lab which is keeping her very busy, entertained and (I’m sure) feeling wanted/loved.  But back to those cookies - Pat generously emailed me the recipe and said I could share it with you.  It’s from Pat’s mother’s hand-written recipe, original source unknown.  So in sharing the recipe with us, Pat is passing on a family treasure.  (These cookies are very delicious but they are not, from looking at the listed ingredients, low-cal!) 

Cheese Cookies
1 lb. sharp aged cheddar cheese
1 lb. butter
1 lb. powdered sugar
Beat all of the above well (it can’t be overdone)
Stir in 5 cups flour & ½ tsp salt
Chill the dough then roll into small balls with 1 peanut- flatten to cookie.  350 degrees (20 to 25 minutes).  Bake on cookie sheets 15 minutes then continue until lightly browned. This always depends on your oven. Pat

Remember the HUM (Halifax Urban Ministries) Box kept right inside the church entryway/foyer, you know next to the guest sign-in podium.  Our church has always been a big supporter of this worthy charity that provides all kinds of assistance to needy people/families.  I think what brought it to my mind is I had groceries delivered today and I thought, “I can’t donate canned goods to HUM, no church box to leave them in.”  Rosa Lake, our church treasurer, always took the donated canned goods from our HUM Box to the designed pickup location.  I know Rosa also recently handled a one-time donation to HUM from the Sangha in the church’s name.  Thank you, Rosa for all you do.  But I wondered lacking access to our church’s HUM Box, how can we continue to help/support this worthy cause.  Certainly the need for our help has grown monumentally due to consequences of this pandemic.  So I ask you to remember to continue to help this worthy cause which makes such a positive difference in our community.  If you can help, simply go to the HUM website – donate and/or get involved! 

Thanks, Kathi 

Debbi Zill
Worship Chair & VP

Upcoming Events
Check the weekly invite to see if our other church groups
begin using Zoom to meet online.

Wednesday July 1st
Discussion of "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
via Zoom
Invitation to members to follow via email

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Movie and Discussion

Link in the Weekly Invite
Email church email for more information on how to join


Hot Meals Program at First United Methodist Church

So far, two members have volunteered to help serve there.  In addition to servers, they could use help cooking the meals.  Stringent protocols are observed to keep everyone safe. If you'd like to help, contact Lu Giammateo at (860) 681-9226.  They are serving the homeless as well as folks impacted by the pandemic each day.  There is a need for plastic bags to give out the food.  CUUC is collecting them in a specially marked box in front of the church.  Thank you!
LU Giammatteo

Upcoming Birthdays
July 3rd- Steve Baker

August 6th- Emily Moehring
August 13th- Bud Cullison
August 15th- Pat Cullison
August 17th-  Audrey Barcelo
August 17th-  Karen Bigham
August 18th-  Kathi Smith
August 24th-  Marcia Kallenberger

Making Pledge payments or donations
during these extraordinary times.

                Continuity is crucial to the life and maintenance of our church. 
We know that even though we are not physically meeting in the church each
Sunday for a while, you want to continue your Pledge payments or donations. 
You can do so by sending a check or money order to the CUUC PO Box.  If you
are unsure about how much is still outstanding on your pledge, you can contact
me by phone, email or text. 
Community Unitarian Universalist Church 
PO Box 238063
Port Orange, FL 32123-8289     
Thank you,

Rosa Jeanne Lake
203 641-2608      

Spotlight on a Member
"My Journey to Becoming a Unitarian Universalist"

Audrey Barcelo

I was raised by a Baptist mother and a Catholic father. To avoid family interference they waited until they were 'of age' to marry.  My Dad turned 21 on July  20th. and my Mom turned 21 on August 14th. and they were married on August 15th., 1925.  My dad's family were much more accepting than had been expected.  His six siblings all married Catholics but I felt my mother was the most loved.  She and my dad's only sister became very close.  The Baptist side of the family were accepting but a bit more reserved than the Irish Catholic side.  Church was not a part of my early years. My Mom went to church once a year attending sunrise service on Easter Sunday morning and my Dad attended once a year also, midnight mass on New Year's eve.

I was an only child until I was approaching 8 years of age when my 8 year old cousin Barbara and her infant sister Doris moved in with us due to the sudden deaths of their parents.  Their father was my mother's youngest brother.  Mom insisted she would raise his children as her own.  To the surprise of all of us within the the following couple of months Mom became pregnant.  Baby Doris was adopted by another family member which kept her close to us and Barbara and I became sisters and a baby brother Jimmy joined the family shortly thereafter.

It wasn't long after, that my father announced  we girls had to attend church.  He did not care which church we attended but we must go to a church.  We chose to attend the closest church which happened to be Baptist.  As we were approaching 10 years of age the Minister visited our house to announce to my mother that Barbara and I had accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and we were ready to be Baptized.  Which was a lovely ceremony on "Children's Day" at the church with Mom in attendance.

It was soon after when our family moved to another town closer to my Dad's work.  It was war time.  My Dad was too young for the first World War and too old for the second WW.  He was determined to do his part by working in the defense industry and went to work at a shipyard helping to build aircraft carriers.  In our new town, we did not have a Baptist church nearby.  The closest church was Congregational.  A beautiful old building where Abigail Adams'  father had ministered.  It was there little brother Jimmy was introduced to church.  Every Sunday morning we three walked the one mile to and fro.......more than once followed by the family dog.  Once he got inside and we found him in the choir loft peaking over the railing at the congregants.

We attended church regularly until our teen years when it became less because the teen groups did not meet on Sunday mornings.  They often met in the evening during the week.  However when we did attend on a Sunday morning it was at a Congregational church which has become The United Church of Christ.     

As a very young teenager, Charley Barcelo entered my life.  Charley had been raised a Unitarian.  It was in the early 60's that the Unitarians and Universalists merged.  I attended church with Charley on a few occasions and felt comfortable.  And, he had attend my church a time or two and was comfortable also.  When in 1951 we decided to marry, my church was our choice.  My father was a strong, sometimes a bit gruff, but more sweet and sensitive than he would allow you to know.  He walked me down the aisle.  It was one of the most difficult few minutes of my life.  I do believe it was the very first time my Dad had ever been in a protestant church and he was an absolute nervous wreck.  I felt like I was holding him up.   As soon as he sat down beside my mother all was well.   As was, the remainder of the day.

The first couple of years of our marriage was concentrated on building our future.  The money I earned was saved to help launch Charley into his own building business.  The money Charley earned was what we lived
on.  Church had not been part of our married life at that point in time.  In July of 1953 we welcomed our first child, Debbie.  Changes were forth coming.  We, as a couple, living in an efficiency apartment had to make room for a baby.  Which works for a while, but not for long.  Then we thought, we should find a minister to talk with regarding the proper beginnings for our baby......should she be Christened or Baptized etc.  So, we went to the closest congregational church and talked with their minister who told us he would be happy to Christen our baby.  Arrangements were made, we arrived with our beautiful baby girl and the minister proceeded with lots of words I do not recall but the ones that I will never forget were she was 'born in sin'.  That was the beginning of my life as a Unitarian then a Unitarian Universalist.  
Famous Unitarian Universalists


Sylvia Plath
October 27, 1932-February 11, 1963
Poet, Novelist, Diarist, Correspondent,
Pulitzer Prize Winner

The following Information was taken from:

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932-February 11, 1963) was a poet, literary critic, novelist, diarist, correspondent and sometime social activist. On the evidence of her intensely confessional poetry, Plath's personal theology was humanist, with a leaning toward nature mysticism. Throughout her short life she associated closely with the Unitarian church. After her suicide Plath was taken up as a martyr and heroine of the feminist movement.

As a child in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Sylvia attended the Unitarian church with her parents, Otto and Aurelia Plath. She went to a Methodist church when the family lived in Winthrop, Massachusetts, where there was no Unitarian congregation. After Otto died in 1940, Aurelia joined the Wellesley Unitarian Church, where she taught in the Sunday school. Sylvia joined the church youth group and attended a Star Island Unitarian youth conference in 1949. Concerned about the prospect of nuclear war, Sylvia and her friend Perry Norton wrote an anti-arms race essay, "A Youth's Plea for World Peace," which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor (March 1950). While a student at Smith College, Sylvia wrote her mother that she believed in "the impersonal laws of science as a God of sorts...." In a religion course she wrote a paper on Unitarianism and identified herself as an "agnostic humanist."

Following her third year at Smith and a summer 1953 internship at Mademoiselle magazine, Sylvia became clinically depressed. After enduring a painful series of electroconvulsive shock treatments, she hid herself from her family and attempted an overdose of sleeping pills. Unitarian minister Max Gaebler and his wife, friends of the family, joined the local Unitarian minister, William Rice, who was already trying to console the family. Two days later Sylvia was discovered in the crawl space under the house. After psychiatric counseling, insulin therapy, and more shock treatment she returned to Smith. The expense of this treatment was borne by Unitarian novelist Olive Higgins Prouty, who had already underwritten Sylvia's college education and would remain her counselor, correspondent, and "literary mother" during the remainder of her life.

In The Bell Jar (1963), a novel based upon these traumatic experiences, made into a film released in 1979, Plath portrayed her mother, Mrs. Prouty, and Rev. Rice unsympathetically. Plath later explained to her mother that she had fictionalized "to add color" and "to show how isolated a person feels when he is suffering a breakdown." She described her process of transforming life into art by saying, "I've tried to picture my world and the people in it as seen through the distorting lens of a bell jar."

In 1956, while studying at Cambridge on a Fulbright scholarship, Plath married Ted Hughes, later British poet laureate. Although they were married privately by special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury, she planned a second, public, wedding ceremony in the Wellesley Unitarian Church (which did not, in the event, take place). While living in England she attended a parish church for a few months during the winter of 1961-62. Although she thought of herself as "a pagan-Unitarian at best," she enjoyed the ceremony and the music. She was driven away from the church by a sermon praising the hydrogen bomb as "the happy prospect of the Second Coming." When she read an American Unitarian sermon on fallout shelters it moved her to tears. She wrote her mother, "I'd really be a church-goer if I was back in Wellesley. . . .the Unitarian Church is my church. How I miss it! There is just no choice here."

Plath and Ted Hughes separated in 1962. Though the pain of her marital problems may have been a factor, Plath's suicide in early 1963 was probably a consequence of her pre-existing depressive illness. Yet even while suffering acute distress, Plath continued to compose original poetry of a high order, including her October poems. These late works garnered mixed posthumous reviews, some calling them sick, while others lauded their nobility. The poet Irving Feldman concluded that her spirituality was mad, being "that religion of one—which cannot distinguish between the self and the world." On the other hand, Stephen Spender rated them the feminine equivalent of Wilfrid Owen's war poems.Though her work had won several prizes and appeared in various magazines, only one volume of Plath's poetry, The Colossus (1960), was published during her lifetime. Since her death, three additional collections of her poetry have seen publication, as well as her diary and a collection of her letters. Her Collected Poems (1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1983.
Different Observances for the Month of July

July 4- INDEPENDENCE DAY:  Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.

July 5 -DHARMA DAY • Buddhist Also known as Asala Puja or Sangha Day., it commemorates the historical Buddha's first sermon/discourse following his spiritual awakening. His first sermon contained his four noble truths.

July 9 -MARTYRDOM OF THE BÁB • Bahá’í Observance of the anniversary of the execution by a firing squad in Tabríz, Persia, of the 30-year-old Siyyid ‘Alí-Muhammad, the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith.

July 13–15- ULLAMBANA (also known as Obon) • Buddhist Ullambana, a Sanskrit term that means “hanging upside down and suffering,” honors the spirits of past ancestors and strives to relieve aching souls from suffering. It lasts about half of the month of August. Obon, the Japanese transliteration of Ullambana, is only three days and varies from region to region—July in the eastern region and August in the western region.

July 26- AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) DAY Commemorates the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

July 30 -TISHA B’AV • Jewish Mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.'Av

July 31–August 3 EID AL-ADHA • Islamic Commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command from God. Marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

This list of observances was taken from "The Calendar of Observances" from the Anti Defamation League.
as well as Religious Holidays from Religious Life Princeton University 

Book Club books for the Remainder of the Year are:

Since You are Home Social Distancing Yourself and the library is offering digital loans
perhaps you might want to check these titles out.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
(Science Fiction)

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a
galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his
friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
 who, for the last fifteen years,
has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided
by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the
most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have")
and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers.

August 5th

by Isabella Tree
(Non Fiction)

For years Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree, farmed
Knepp Castle Estate and struggled to turn a profit. By 2000, with
the farm facing bankruptcy, they decided to try something radical.
hey would restore Knepp’s 3,500 acres to the wild. Using herds of free-roaming
animals to mimic the actions of the megafauna of the past, they hoped to bring
nature back to their depleted land. But what would the neighbors say, in the
manicured countryside of modern England where a blade of grass out of place is
considered an affront?

In the face of considerable opposition the couple persisted with their
experiment and soon witnessed an extraordinary change. New life flooded
into Knepp, now a breeding hotspot for rare and threatened species like turtle
doves, peregrine falcons, and purple emperor butterflies.

The fabled English nightingale sings again.

September 2nd

The Heretic's Daughter
by Kathleen Kent
(Historical Fiction)

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.

October 7th

 A Land Remembered" 
by Patrick Smith

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. 

November 4th

The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
(Satirical Novel)

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the
South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his
rusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard
the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a
new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain,
is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet
Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an
absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to
university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist
cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and
a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds
and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars
we fight today. 

December 2nd

by Lauren Groff
(Florida Short Stories)

In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks.

In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical
world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of
the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries
are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be
derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those
navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely
boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman;
and an unforgettable, recurring character—a steely and conflicted wife and

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even
centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind
—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a
place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a
crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about
loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy
and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind
human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments
that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent

Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to
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