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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]

Need A Cuddly Pup? Meet Idaho!

  • 5:28 am Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Ann Kelly

The Suncoast Animal League has a real sweetie-pie who just wants a home. This handsome dude is 1-year-old Idaho. Originally from Pinellas County Animal Services, we received Idaho a couple of weeks ago. Since arriving, everyone at the shelter has TOTALLY fallen in love with him. And we think when you stop in at the Suncoast Animal League, you will too. At 48 lbs, he still thinks he’s a lap dog and will take every opportunity presented to him to get a cuddle on a lap or a hug. He’s one of the most lovable dogs we have at [More]

Taking It One Day At A Time

  • 3:15 pm Monday, May 29th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

It’s a fitting way for me to bring you up to date with Lupus Awareness Month about to end.  It’s been an eventful month but also one that’s taught me a great deal about being a good patient, and a better communicator. Lupus is not an easy disease to deal with and that’s been the case over the last month or so.  It’s very sobering to realize that I have a whole lot of specialists on that contact list but I’m also grateful for their expertise. But back to being a good communicator. Right now I feel that I [More]

A New World Is Rising

  • 5:44 am Sunday, May 21st, 2017 by Ann Kelly

The wait is almost over. On previous visits to Disney World, I’ve watch “Pandora – The World of Avatar” rise from the ground up and this Saturday it’s finally open to the public. Oh yes, you may have seen a lucky few in the news get a sneak peek – at that’s going to be me this Thursday and Friday! I’ll be live heading into Memorial Day Weekend with plenty to tell you about the hottest and most anticipated new land within Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

So what might I see? Nothing like we’ve ever seen before. Alpha Centauri Expeditions has [More]

Meet Little Man And Check Out The New Thrift Shop

  • 12:45 pm Sunday, May 14th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

There’s so much going on at the Suncoast Animal League! I stopped in recently and met this pint-size cutie with awesome radar ears. This is 8-year-old Little Man. He’s a spunky pint sized pup with a giant personality. He’s quite comical and will have you laughing all the time. When I met him he spoke right up and let me know among all the bigger dogs he wanted to make himself known. And he sure did.

Little Man is smart and highly treat motivated. He’s just 14 lbs., crate-trained and walks well on leash. He is also friendly, energetic, and very [More]

Hurricane Preparedness Week

  • 6:22 am Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Hurricane Preparedness Week is here and you’re thinking, already? Oh yes. We’ve already had our first named storm – that was Arlene in late April.  And despite being in the midst of one of the worst droughts we’ve had in Tampa Bay in a long time it’s time to make sure you’re ready for the season. Expectations are for a possibly calmer season than usual but as we always say, it only takes one. We’ll make sure you know what’s going on when the severe weather threatens along with the Stormtracker 10 team from WTSP Ten News.

So what [More]

Riverfest Weekend

  • 4:27 am Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Riverfest in downtown Tampa, running the entire length of the Riverwalk! Our weekend weather looks just perfect for Saturday and Sunday’s events. Executive Director Jason Carroll told me there’s a lot to check out, like one of the new events this year – the Hot Dog Festival in conjunction with Nathan’s Hot Dogs. The Hot Dog Eating Contest will be inside Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday, May 6th. And it’s not just a local chow-down; one man and one women finalist will head off to The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest [More]

National Giving Day

  • 3:58 am Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Yesterday was Give Day Tampa Bay and thanks to your generosity many Bay area charities will be able to continue their work. I had the pleasure of introducing you to one of mine live on Facebook so you could learn a little bit more about the work of the Suncoast Animal League. Every donation makes a difference, and Executive Director Rick Chaboudy was so proud of everyone who took the time to log on and make donations. SAL won one a $1,000 bonus prize, and out of almost 600 groups came in 4th in fund raising. Wonderful job, [More]

People Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend

  • 2:30 pm Sunday, April 30th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m enjoying my last day of vacation, watching the replay of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Journey has just been inducted, Steve Perry receiving a massive ovation and showing the love to all his bandmates. I’ve heard that from all the inductees – it’s not all about them. It’s about what brought them to this point. The support from family, friends, fans and the industry is and always will be the recipe for success. I’ve waited a while to write this latest entry on my personal wellness journey because quite honestly it’s taken [More]

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