Is it true that some Flamingos are blue?
Take a Blue Break on the Cyber Coast today and decide for yourself.
Visit ftprintmedia.com/cyber-coast and let us bring the blue to you.
See you there 👣 🌴 😎 🥥 📷: blueflamingoinfo on blogger
Barbie is being rebranded and taking inspiration from a 9-year-old surfing phenom, a.k.a. “The Flying Squirrel.”
Take your Blue Break on the Cyber Coast today and meet Quincy Symonds, an inspiration for us all (link in sidebar)! See you there 👣🌴😎🥥
I know yesterday was Monday, but with the holiday, I totally missed Mermaid Monday. So I say let’s celebrate it today! Take a Blue Break on the Cyber Coast and visit Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs, where mermaids, like Mermaid Taylor pictured here, have been entertaining visitors since 1947
(link in sidebar).
See you there 👣🌴😎🥥 📷:Weeki Wacheesprings Mermaid Taylor
Go green in the deep blue. Today’s Blue Break on the Cyber Coast takes us to the Honduran Island of Guanaja, an island working hard to have the smallest carbon footprint in the Caribbean. So, come on over to ftprintmeida.com (link in sidebar) and explore Guanaja.
See you there 👣🌴😎🥥 📷: dtmag.com --Thanks for the awesome photo!
Want to improve your surfing, diving or swimming? Take a Blue Break on the Cyber Coast today and learn to be a better breather. Regardless of the sport, breathing is key, so come on over to ftprintmedia.com (link in sidebar) and learn better breathing techniques.
See you there 👣🌴😎🥥 📷: @lauraenever- via Instagram- Thanks for the awesome photo!
It’s Flamingo Friday, time to get the flock out of Dodge! Today’s Blue Break takes us to an island in Aruba that features friendly flamingos. So, if you can’t visit your favorite Flamingo Friends today, flock on over to the Cyber Coast where the sun is always shining (link in sidebar).
See you there 👣🌴😎🥥
📷: @blogvamosviajar via Instagram – Thanks for the awesome photo
Want to wreck dive in Oahu? Take your Blue Break on the Cyber Coast and find the best places to dive, eat, drink, sleep and hang out on the island (link in sidebar). See you there 👣🌴😎🥥 📷 @jaksava via Instagram- Thanks for the awesome photo!
Today’s Blue Break on the Cyber Coast comes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on Earth and habitat to a multitude of marine life. Find out about the danger it faces and what can be done to save it. (link in sidebar). See you there 👣🌴😎🥥
Thanks tracksmag.com for the awesome info!
Need to sharpen your surfing skills? Take a blue break on the Cyber Coast (link in sidebar) and learn techniques for beginners and beyond. We have created a playlist focused on proper ways to prepare, paddle out, and pop-up.
See you there 👣🌴😎
It’s Mermaid Monday, time to get our tails back out there. If you need a bluespace break today, visit the Cyber Coast (link in sidebar) and watch a professional mermaid swim with her best dolphin friends at FtPrintMedia.com.
While many associate mermaids with mythology and movies, there are professional mermaids all over the world who entertain as well as raise awareness for the ocean and its inhabitants. As a Floridian, I grew up going to mermaid shows and continue to be amazed by the combination of freediving and theatre in a live show. So, if you’ve never had the pleasure of watching a real-life mermaid perform, tune in and prepare to be mesmerized.
See you there 👣🌴😎🥥
It’s Flamingo Friday and time to rock the flock! Come watch a group of happy flamingos do just that on the Cyber Coast (link in sidebar). It’s sure to bring a smile to your face on this frosty Flamingo Friday.
See you there 👣🌴😎🥥 📷: @colombiatierrita via IG
Wanna’ be a better surfer, diver or swimmer? Flexibility, balance, and strength, are key. Find yoga poses designed to improve shoulder strength and flexibility on FtPrint Media’s Cyber Coast (link in sidebar).
See you there 😎👣👣👣
📷: @guidoalemanni on IG
Subject: @arrianneaukes on IG
Stuck at a desk today? Here’s your chance to take a blue-space break and go on a wakeboarding adventure across the Carolinas with three fearless friends at ftprintmedia.com (link in sidebar). See you there 😘 👣 👣 👣
Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands: Prison or paradise? You decide.
Totally isolated and rich in marine life, these islands were once slated to become a prison. Today; however, they are a United Nations Biosphere preserve. Dive into the story at ftprintmedia.com to learn more.
See you there 😘 👣 👣 👣 👣 👣
📷: @enricsala via Instagram
It's Mermaid Monday again. Time to get back into the swim of things! Remember, if you can't get your tail to the beach today, you're always welcome on the Cyber Coast. www.ftprintmedia.com 📷:@hamptonsmermaid on Instagram
I’m missing my board today. The weather is chilly, and the water is cold. We will be taking our van downstate to Miami and the Keys in January, but until after Christmas, we’re not getting much time in the water (unless you count the hippie hot tub). If you find yourself in the same boat and can’t get to the beach either, join me at ftprintmedia.com and get your dose of the Cyber Coast.
BTW, The event window for the Women’s Maui Pro opens today, and there's a link to the live event on ftprintmedia.com.
Do you love a good mystery? This is our local library’s reading garden, the perfect place to settle down with a book and cup of warm coffee or tea.
If you need a little mystery in your day, visit ftprintmedia.com and read about hundreds of sea turtles found dead along the coast of El Salvador, what authorities think happened, and what they are doing to protect the surviving population.
BTW, this library in DeFuniak Springs is the oldest still functioning in the state of Florida and is reported to be haunted by its first librarian, Alice Fellows. It also houses an impressive collection of armaments collected by Town Founder Wallace Bruce who served as an ambassador to Europe during the mid-1800’s. Some pieces date as far back as the crusades. So, if you come to northwest Florida, be sure to stop by and check it out (pun intended 😊) See you on the Cyber Coast! Tk
Happy Thanksgiving from Florida's Emerald Coast!
Remember, if you can't make it to the beach this holiday weekend, you are always welcome on the Cyber Coast where we offer flying surfboards (a.k.a. hydrofoils), awesome dive destinations, Wonder Women and #vanlife explorers. So, come get your dose of the Cyber Coast at.ftprintmedia.com.
See you there!
Where would you like to go today? On the Cyber Coast the choice is yours: Dive a hidden jewel in Budapest or go on a salty strike mission to find some emerald tubes.
So remember, if you can't get to the beach today, you can always visit ftprintmedia.com (link in bio) and get some cyber sand between your toes!
See you there,
I'm missing Puerto Rico this morning. It's chilly here in northwest Florida, but I know it's warm and sunny on the island.
I took this photo on the beach in San Juan during the festival of San Sebastian 2017.
Tribal people “follow a certain way of life and are clearly different from the mainstream,” according to British Anthropologist Stephen Corry.
I couldn’t agree more. We coastal souls take pride in being different from the mainstream. We may work a traditional job, have a traditional family and even own a traditional home, but we are free thinkers who take an unconventional approach to life. It’s not about what we have, but who we are. We’re travelers not tourists; explorers not sightseers; creators not consumers.
So, we invite you to join FtPrint Media’s tribe and get some cyber sand between your toes. Remember, if you can’t get to the beach today, you are always welcome on the CyberCoast.
See you there! :) Tk
It's camping weather! If you're a happy camper and want to be kind to the coast, visit ftprintmedia.com and find out how you can have a great time with little impact.
In other words, put your best ftprint forward.
See you there :) Tk
Hot boiled peanuts, free samples, emerald water, white sand beaches, and behind me, cold beer. Life is good in Destin Beach Florida!
But, if you can't get to the actual beach today, you can always visit ftprintmedia.com and get your dose of the Cyber Coast.
See you there :) Tk
Here's to a sweet and salty weekend!
Come get your dose of the Cyber Coast at FtPrint Media (ftprintmedia.com) where we have fresh content for November. Want to be a FtPrint contributor? We are accepting submissions for photography and stories to feature next month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
I love to learn.
At first, I thought I knew everything, so instead of going to college after high school, I decided it would be a good idea to work in a sewing factory 😊. Of course, I couldn’t sew a stitch, but I learned.
From there, I became a used car salesperson and learned about drivetrains, gear ratios, factory packages and aftermarket additions.
In the early 90’s I got a “good” bank job, but after a couple of years, I realized that wasn’t my jam.
After taking some time off to spend with my two daughters, I decided to go to college.
I chose journalism as a major the first day, and that decision never wavered. I loved school, and if I could have made a career of college, I would still be there. However, journalism is the closest thing I’ve ever found. It allows me to research subjects in depth, meet interesting people and constantly keep learning.
As a freelance writer, photographer and editor, I wasn’t tied to a desk or even an individual publication. I created a niche for myself as Gulf Coast Editor for several regional publications. During that same time, I took a position as an adjunct Professor at Northwest Florida State, which taught me how to share what I’d learned. That’s more difficult than it sounds.
If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know I also spent two years learning the construction trade, specifically tile and stone installation. Again, not my jam. I learned a lot but never really enjoyed the work.
I later took a job as communication specialist for an electric cooperative. While I loved the work and the people, the office environment was suffocating.
So, I decided to get back to my roots. I’m writing again. I have two websites: ftprintmedia.com (link in bio), which is dedicated to my love of all things coastal and my mission to provide bluespace to others in need and kearcecrafted.com, which is a home improvement site offering DIY content and how-to videos that James produces.
So, if you’re needing a dose of the coast but can’t get there today, come to the Cyber Coast and fill your Bluespace RX, and if you’re working on a construction project, check out kearcecrafted.com for information and entertainment.
See you there 😊 Tk
Monday is what you make it. These guys are keeping their heads down and their toes in the sand. Looks like a good plan to me!
If you can't get your toes in the actual sand, visit ftprintmedia.com (link in bio) and get your dose of the cyber coast!
We woke up to 40-degree temperatures here in northwest Florida this morning. I know most folks, consider that balmy, but for native Floridians, it’s quite chilly!
According to the weather channel, we can expect sunshine with a high around 73 today, so it could certainly be worse.
Thankfully, we don’t have much cold weather. This time of year, we’ll have a cool snap, followed by a few ideal days, then another snap. Usually, January and February are consistently chilly and even have some nights with temperatures in the 20’s. But by March, we’re thawing out nicely and preparing for beach weather.
We’ve been on one cold-weather vacation. In 2001 we spent a week in a cabin near Cataloochee Ski Resort in North Carolina.
Don’t get me wrong, I love snow if I’m warm and dry. It’s beautiful, ethereal, romantic. But I’m a fifth-generation Floridian with a low tolerance for cold, so I stayed in the lodge and admired it through the window for most of the week.
I did enjoy the bunny slope and totally understand how enticing skiing and snowboarding can be. I just couldn’t get past that cold, biting wind. However, for those coastal souls who enjoy the cold, FtPrint Media features articles and videos related to cold water surfing and the gear, conditions and attitude that make it possible.
Watch as Josh Mulcoy surfs the land of fire and ice, learn how to enjoy winter waves and stay focused, and get 7 tips for cold water surfing all at FtPrintMedia.com (link in bio).
I’ve never been the artistic type. Until I went to work installing tile with James, I couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler. However, over time, I got better with straight lines and rulers but still had no artistic ability.
About two weeks ago, I was putting together some artwork for the website, FtPrintMedia.com, and spoke to an artist friend of mine, Susan Lucas, about featuring this piece on our Tribal Circle page.
After our conversation, I had the strangest feeling that my Aunt Louise, who died years ago, was here in the office with me. From what I remember, she painted and worked in mixed media as well.
After that day, I’ve suddenly taken up drawing and watercolors. It may not be great art, but compared to a month ago, it’s astounding. I’ve decided to work on sunsets, palm trees, all things coastal in hopes of one day selling hand-painted accent tiles since we have quite a large inventory of left-over tile.
Check out the photos in my story on Instagram (@follow_my_ftprints) to see how it’s coming, and if you do, you’ll also see a Jack-o-lantern in the top left corner of the photo. My Aunt Louise made that for me, and it’s one of my prized possessions.
Isn’t it funny how life takes unexpected turns? I never thought I would spend my spare time drawing, much less painting. It just goes to show that we don’t know what’s around the next corner.
You can check out the work of our featured artists, Susan Lucas and John Murphy, at FtPrintMedia.com, (link in bio) and stay tuned for a great deal on hand-painted accent tiles, coasters and trivets lovingly produced by yours truly.
I’ve avoided typical plastics such as polystyrene containers, plastic cups and plastic water bottles for more than a decade, but after researching the subject for FtPrint Media’s #KindToTheCoast page, I realize, that’s not enough. Drinking straws in restaurants, plastic silverware, even high-grade paper plates, which are coated with plastic, are choking our environment, especially our oceans.
I want no part of that. So, I intend to give them up forever, starting today.
Did you know that in the Pacific Ocean gyre, which is the largest ecosystem on Earth, researchers found more plastic than plankton?
That is shameful.
I refuse to take part in the annihilation of our seas. We as a community have a voice and a responsibility to use it.
With that in mind, I invite you to visit FtPrintMedia.com (link in bio) and find out what you can do to be #kindtothecoast and save our seas!
Morning rituals have always been an important part of my
life. As a true creature of habit, I enjoy certain things at certain times
during the day. For instance, the first thing I do after getting out of bed is
to drink a large glass of water, which I began infusing with rosemary and mint
after reading an Italian study of residents in the coastal town of Acciaroli
The town’s population is roughly 2,000, but at least 300 of
them are already 100 or more with remarkably low rates of disease. The one
thing they all have in common? Diets high in rosemary.
That’s enough for me. I love the taste of rosemary and cook
with it often. But after reading about my coastal cohorts, I began trying to
consume a little bit every day and decided to infuse my morning water. I add a
little mint as well, since it also has awesome health benefits and the two
taste really good together.
You can read the entire article and get the recipe at Kahuna
Uli’s page on FtPrintMedia.com (link in bio).
Surfing is not a simple sport. It requires physical
strength, balance and most of all courage. When James and I prepared for our
first lesson in Puerto Rico, I remember telling him, “Let’s not be late. It’s
costing us $75 apiece for two hours, and I want every minute of my lesson.”
About 45 minutes into that lesson, I was singing a different tune.
We were exhausted from paddling out time after time. Staying
on the moving board used every muscle and every ounce of balance that I had
gained during 10+ years of yoga. And at my age (49 at the time) facing a hard
fall on the sharp, coral bottom while tethered to a surfboard required quite a
bit of courage.
But by the time the lesson was over, we were both hooked.
Simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated, thanks in large part to our awesome
instructor, Norbert, who works with Rd2Happiness Surf Shop (Photo: James,
As a journalist for the last 20 years, I came home and did
some research on the professional end and realized that women are making their
mark on the sport. Even young girls in Bangladesh are defying age-old
traditions, grabbing their boards and winning tournaments.
There are rumors that the popularity of surfing is fading,
but I believe it is undergoing a transition, a rebirth, and we women are the
leading edge of that renaissance proudly marching on with salty souls.
Find out more about the Wonder Women in Bangladesh at
ftprintmedia.com (link in bio).
“My first vision of earth was water veiled. I am of the race of men and women who see all things through this curtain of sea, and my eyes are the color of water.” …Anais Nin
My eyes are blue too, the color of the sky and the sea. To be specific, my eyes are the color of Gulf water. Sometimes clear blue, sometimes emerald green (usually when I’m angry) and occasionally a murky mix of the two.
Some of us are born peering through that “curtain of sea,” longing for the mystery in its depths.
Fortunately, I was born and raised on Florida’s Emerald Coast, but not all coastal souls are so fortunate.
At FtPrint Media we make it our mission to bring the Cyber Coast to you, a place of escape into blue skies and deep ocean depths. This month find out how surfboards fly (no kidding) and what makes hydrofoils work. Dive deep into the blue with 5 awesome scuba destinations. And find ways to be #KindToTheCoast so you can put your best ftprint forward when you arrive.
See you there! 😊 Tk
My great-grandmother had a wanderlust. According to my mother, she never stayed in one place for long and would stop by for visits on her way to some far-flung destination.
My grandmother and later my mother, both chose a more conventional lifestyle, settling into a home and putting down roots in the community.
I, on the other hand, am torn between wanting a home, community, possessions and needing to explore the world. I think I inherited my great-grandmother’s wanderlust, but because I was raised to value a traditional lifestyle, I’ve resisted the urge to roam.
Instead, James and I travel. We’ve seen a large part of the United States, some of Central and South America and a good part of the Caribbean.
However, now that our nest is empty, we are planning to join the #vanlife crowd and take up residence, for months at a time in our conversion van, something I’ve wanted to do for more than 20 years, but have had work, children, family, household, etc. responsibilities calling me home.
We bought a van, Rosie, this summer. She may not be THE van, but she’s a good place to start. And we plan to travel from the Atlantic Coast of Florida to the Pacific Coast of Mexico over the course of a couple of months, maybe longer, beginning in January.
We have family in New Orleans, Houston and Mexico City, so we are excited to see some familiar faces, but we’re also excited to meet new people, see new places and sample foods and cultures different from our own.
So, join us here and at FtPrint Media (link in bio) and be part of our journey. Leave us messages about things to see, places to go and even people to meet. We would love to hear from you!
Drawing that first breath underwater was one of the strangest and scariest moments of my life. It seemed absolutely unnatural.
James and I earned our scuba certification at Vortex Spring in northwest Florida, and while we didn’t actually enter the cavern that makes it a well-known dive destination, we learned the essential skills and made our first couple of dives under the watchful eye of a fantastic instructor. However, nothing could have made that first breath any easier.
In the years since, we’ve also been skydiving and that first step into thin air was much the same unnatural experience.
Oprah Winfrey once said, “the true test of courage is when you are so scared your knees are knocking, and you go anyway.”
I’m not a big Oprah fan, but that quote has a way of springing to mind in such situations. Different people find fear in different things. Even irrational fears test our strength every day. Personally, that first breath through the regulator required some serious self-control, but the payoff was incredible!
That was 2003. Today instead of being anxious, I’m excited when a dive begins. That first breath is exhilarating because I know I’m about to see things that most only see second-hand. Conquered fear has grown into excitement and pride in my abilities.
We’ve not been diving in the last couple of years because we’ve had to prioritize family first (see earlier post), but things have settled down enough for us to see some scuba on the horizon and we can’t wait.
So, stay tuned both here and at FtPrintMedia.com (link in bio) for details of our next great adventure.
I’m not exactly an accomplished surfer. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida with what we call “ankle slappers,” so I learned to body surf early, and as I got older and learned to skateboard, I experimented with a body board.
It wasn’t’ until we visited Rincon, Puerto Rico, in January that I took a surfing lesson and discovered a love of the sport. Not just the excitement of riding a wave, but the connection to the sea and its energy is intoxicating.
Paddling out, it’s just me, the sea and the surfboard. Waiting for the right set of waves and feeling that connection when it swells under the board, there’s just nothing like it. Even for someone who has spent countless hours on the coast, that first swell on a surfboard is life-changing.
I was a college professor for 11 years and taught a life skills class that dealt, in part, with habits and addictions. Habits are, in some ways, like an allergy to chocolate. If you’ve never had chocolate, you don’t know what you’re missing. But when you taste it one time and like it, you will never forget it. From then on, you’ll wish you could have it and may even be tempted to binge.
Thank goodness I’m not allergic to surfing! Now that I know I like it, I want more and more. Here at home, I’ve bought a board that doubles as a paddleboard, so I can get out on the Gulf one way or the other. Since it’s a small surf-style paddleboard, it handles like a skateboard, which is awesome! I love to skate, so to be able to experience that on the water is pure joy.
James and I were planning to spend a couple of months next spring in Puerto Rico honing our surfing skills, but with the recent hurricanes, we now plan to spend most of our time helping with the restoration effort and surfing whenever possible. That’s fine with us. Puerto Rico gave us something we will cherish forever, so we will be proud to give back to our favorite island.