Ann-Ventures 

Picking My Battles

  • 7:05 am Monday, June 26th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Trying to lose weight on top of dealing with a chronic illness isn’t easy. Last time we talked about this I wasn’t quite sure what was going on other than the SLE was very active. It still is and we’ll keep trying to find the right meds to keep things quiet and to make sure the impact on my kidneys is lessened as much as possible. That’s my life and I’m okay with it. But when I was working out with Jim at the Gym, aka Jim Healy at the BayCare Fitness Center at St Anthony’s Carillon [More]

A Fond Musical Farewell From Glen Campbell

  • 9:08 am Monday, June 19th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Everyone I spoke to about Glen Campbell seemed to come up with a great memory. One of my friends down the hall told me about the time he saved every penny he could – and we are talking lots of loose change – and took that down to the store so he could buy his own copy of “Rhinestone cowboy.” For me it was “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” and that great grin when he said those words every week – “Hi, I’m Glen Campbell!” Glen Campbell is one of those singers whose warmth, charm and voice are so endearing. [More]

Paco Would Love To Meet You

  • 5:56 am Thursday, June 15th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

We have a new friend to introduce you to from the Suncoast Animal League. Meet Paco. He’s a handsome, sweet, confident 7-month-old pup. He’s a lively little puppy who loves other dogs. But when it comes right down to it, he’s not so little at 48 lbs. Paco has a high energy level and would do best with a person or family who will keep him active and busy. He’s always on the go and happiest when he has something to do or someone to play with. He likes kids, but because he’s big and can be rough and [More]

Richard’s Fathers Day Walk/Jog Is Sunday

  • 3:40 am Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Want to work off a few calories before you dive headfirst into the Father’s Day feast? Join me and Richard Gonzmart for the fourth annual “Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk/Jog” on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at 8 a.m. at Ulele restaurant in Tampa Heights. To register and hear from Richard and Columbia Restaurant Group Michael Kilgore click here, and don’t forget it’s all about fun that morning with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) at Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designed Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida. In the three years of this [More]

Shop With Empath Hospice

  • 4:50 am Monday, June 12th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Looking for a wonderful bargain? Would you like to shop, or become a volunteer? At the Suncoast Hospice Resale Shoppes you can do all of that! I stopped in at the Resale Shoppe just minutes from my house on US 19 in Clearwater to give you a little peek inside and was impressed by the amount of merchandise to choose from and the friendly volunteers. There are three Shoppes in Pinellas County so you won’t have far to travel to find one. When you shop at the Suncoast Hospice Resale Shoppes you may not think about it but you are [More]

Oswald Needs You & A New Home

  • 6:44 am Friday, June 9th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

UPDATE – Wonderful news for our Pet of the Week – Oswald has his forever home! Just look at the difference in these two pictures. He’s quite a happy puppy now.

The newest Pet of the Week from the Suncoast Animal League has eyes that just beg you to give him a forever home. This is Oswald, and if you love puppy-dog eyes just look deeply into his. Oswald is 7-months-old and ready for his forever home. He has been in a foster home for a couple of weeks getting accustomed to having a family. Oswald loves playing in the backyard [More]

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story Of The First Mission To The Moon

  • 9:01 am Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

One of the best things about life here in the Sunshine State is being so close to the Kennedy Space Center. I grew up in Ohio watching launches, holding my breath when the astronauts came back and being overwhelmed by their bravery and sacrifice. A new book from Jeffrey Kluger brings so much of that rushing back with the story of Apollo 8 and the move to make it to the moon and plan it all in less than four months.

“Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story Of The First Moon Mission” is the kind of book I love with a [More]

Walk With Richard Gonzmart And Ann Kelly On Father’s Day

  • 4:27 am Friday, June 2nd, 2017 by Ann Kelly

When it came right down to it there was one person who gave me the motivation to do something I never thought I would – complete a 5K. I did that at the Goody Goody 5K thanks to Richard Gonzmart. Richard embraces life head on and never looks back, not even when he was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. And as Richard told me in our interview, along with Columbia Restaurant Group Chief Marketing Officer Michael Kilgore, it’s just not something most men are comfortable talking about let alone acting as a spokesperson for. So of course that’s exactly what Richard [More]