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Former Herald-Tribune editor launches new book on Florida breweries

Craft beer is all the rage these days, particularly in Florida, which has earned a reputation as a hub for creative, delicious beers, with a plethora of small, medium and large breweries all over. The scene has grown so popular it’s now the subject of a book, titled, well, Florida Breweries, and it was penned by former Sarasota Herald-Tribune assistant business editor Gerard Walen.

Gerard now runs a website called Road Trips for Beer, which documents Gerard’s travels for IPAs, ales, porters and more, and he has also launched the website Beer in Florida, which is dedicated to covering all things craft beer in the Sunshine State.

Walen is celebrating the release of the new book with two parties: one at Crystal River’s Copp Brewery on Thurs., April 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and one at The Ale and the Witch in St. Petersburg on Thurs., April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. You can buy a book at the parties for $19.95 or order it on Amazon and bring it with you. Gerard says he’ll sign whatever you’ve got. Check it out! And raise a pint for me.

Posted on March 26th, 2014 Comments Off on Former Herald-Tribune editor launches new book on Florida breweriesComments RSS Feed

Alums Inc. luncheon meeting this November

M.C. speaking at Laurel Oak in 2008

Excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at an Alums Inc. luncheon meeting at noon, Nov. 16! I’ll be covering local issues in my talk, something I love to do.

The event will be held at the Laurel Oak Country Club. It’s a member-only event, but members are allowed to bring guests — so if you know someone who belongs, hitch a ride and come along!

Posted on November 16th, 2012 Comments Off on Alums Inc. luncheon meeting this NovemberComments RSS Feed

Just Dessert Please — And Hold the Homelessness!

I’m going to be a celebrity (as if!) judge at the 4th annual Family Promise of Sarasota “Just Desserts” event on Friday, March 23 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. And all the proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s work to help homeless families regain self-sufficiency. Open to the public — the $50 entry donation gets you access to an extravaganza of desserts created and donated by local chefs. Come on by and say Hi!

For more information and/or ticket purchase, visit

Learn more about this great organization by clicking on the link below to read a Sarasota Herald-Tribune article. Just scroll past the first story on Belize.

Posted on March 24th, 2012 Comments Off on Just Dessert Please — And Hold the Homelessness!Comments RSS Feed

Men, Women, & Relationships — A Discussion

I’m speaking at the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota panel discussion on “Men, Women, & Relationships” — March 22 5-7 p.m. FREE! and open to the public; preregistration required.

5th Annual Frances Kraaymes Lecture, March 22, 5-7pm: The Conversation Continues: Men, Women, & Relationships —
Forever a Work in Progress.

Kelly Kirschner, former Mayor of Sarasota (courtesy of

Join an illuminating guest panel featuring Margaret Callihan – Chairman, President, CEO of Suntrust Bank; Kelly M Kirshner – Former Commissioner – District 3 and Mayor of Sarasota; Dr. Rev. Bruce Wismer – Co -Pastor, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church; Dr. Karen Hamad – Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, First Physicians Group; Art Mahoney – Chairman of the Board of the Independent Transport Network

Moderated by Dr. Willa Bernhard, a researcher and writer for Women on the Web, ( former psychotherapist and educator in New York. Call 366-1700 to register. Or visit

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 Comments Off on Men, Women, & Relationships — A DiscussionComments RSS Feed

WSLR Community Radio — Raising Funds & Looking for New Members!

Sunday night, March 18, I’m going to be sitting in on the Louisiana Gumbo Show from 7 to 9 p.m., helping them raise funds for WSLR LPFM 96.5 radio. WSLR is a community radio station that airs programming on local politics, health and wellness, sustainable living … oh, and did I mention GREAT music? The station also hosts lecture series and concerts and community days … if you’re not familiar with WSLR, I invite you to check it out at Or stream the programs live by clicking on

If you want to support the programming, I invite you to call in from 7-9 p.m., on Sunday night and make a pledge — anything from $10 or $15 on up. There are some cool “rewards” for pledging — read about them by clicking here. — everything form free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to massage to free cd’s to cabin rentals to concert passes and architectural services. To call in and make a donation, 894.6469 or 954.8636. If you want to make a comment or ask a question ON AIR, use 954.8636. I’ll be happy to take questions and make up answers!

Posted on March 18th, 2012 Comments Off on WSLR Community Radio — Raising Funds & Looking for New Members!Comments RSS Feed

Speaking & Workshop at Longboat Key Ed Center

Speaking and facilitating workshop at the Longboat Key Education Center.
February 17 11 a.m.

Longboat Key, Florida. Visit

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Speaking: Longboat Key Education Center

Speaking at the Longboat Key Education Center OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
January 17 3 p.m.

Longboat Key, Florida. To register, visit

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Lecture at USF/Sarasota

Guest lecture to Creative Process class offered by June LeBell at USF Sarasota-Manatee.
Monday, October 3, 2011

Posted on October 3rd, 2011 Comments Off on Lecture at USF/SarasotaComments RSS Feed

Speaking: Encore of Sarasota

Private talk at University Park Country Club.
I’m speaking at the monthly luncheon meeting for Encore of Sarasota — a women’s club that is an outgrowth of the Sarasota Newcomer’s Club. This is my second year speaking for this group and I couldn’t be more delighted to return. Topics will cover local “hot button” issues — politics, social mores, and more!

Posted on September 8th, 2011 Comments Off on Speaking: Encore of SarasotaComments RSS Feed

Past Speaker Events

Past Readings/Signings/Speaking Engagements/Public Appearances

March 2011 TALK/PANEL Women’s Resource Center, “Men, Women & Relationships”; Sarasota, FL

March 2011 BOOK SIGN Circle Books, St. Armands, FL

February 2011 TALK/BOOK SIGN Democratic Club, “Civility in an Uncivil World”; Sarasota, FL

October 2010 TALK/BOOK SIGN Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota, “Managing Men”; Sarasota, FL

September 2010 TALK/BOOK SIGN Encore, Inc, “Bold is the New Old”; Heritage Oaks, Sarasota, FL

June 2010 RADIO Too Early in the Morning WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, FL

January 2010 TALK University of S. Florida Lifelong Learning, “Blogs or Print?” Sarasota, FL

December 2009 TV Florida This Week political panel w/Rob Lorei; WEDU/PBS Tampa, FL

October 2009 TV Florida This Week political panel w/Rob Lorei; WEDU/PBS Tampa, FL

July 2009 TALK/BOOK SIGN Sarasota News & Books, “Sex & Socrates” Sarasota, FL

June 2009 TV Florida This Week political panel w/Rob Lorei; WEDU/PBS Tampa, FL

March 2009 BOOK SIGN Circle Books St. Armands, FL

March 2009 BOOK SIGN Village Bookshop, Bradenton, FL

February 2009 TV Florida This Week political panel w/Rob Lorei; WEDU/PBS Tampa, FL

February 2009 TALK U. of S. Florida Lifelong Learning “Media in the Modern World” Sarasota, FL

February 2009 TV Community TV interview w/Annette Scherman; Sarasota, FL

December 2008 BOOK SIGN Circle Books, St. Armands, FL

November 2008 RADIO The Creative Life; WSLR 96.5 Sarasota, FL

October 2008 TALK/BOOK SIGN Plymouth State University campus talks Plymouth, NH

October 2008 TALK SW FL Council on Peace & Justice Media Forum panel on media Sarasota, FL

July 2008 TALK/BOOK SIGN Democratic Club “Punditry Politics & Prejudice” Sarasota, FL

July 2008 TALK/BOOK SIGN Sarasota News/Books “Punditry Politics & Prejudice” Sara., FL

July 2008 BOOK SIGN Local Coffee & Tea Siesta Key, FL

July 2008 RADIO Talk of the Suncoast w/Cliff Roles 1280 AM Sarasota, FL

March 2008 TALK Sarasota Sunrise Rotary Club “Life of a Columnist” Sarasota, FL

Posted on July 28th, 2011 Comments Off on Past Speaker EventsComments RSS Feed