Dollars for dogs: love is the answer

photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Ten year old Harrison is the founder of Dollars for Dogs.

One of the most powerful commercials I recall seeing was of children following adults and imitating their actions. It ended with the tagline: Make your influence positive.

It’s a simple concept, but it requires adults to be conscious of their acts and consistent in providing good examples. That is what Mandy Celt has done. Mandy runs ASAP Rescue, which quite literally takes small animals from the euthanasia lists at animal shelters – abandoned pets, the injured or old, the throwaways.

Little girl, BIG dreams

photography by Sarha Rush, Ric Tauceda and Andrea Harrison

Photographer Madison Harrison, by Ric Tauceda

“Who says you have to be an adult to start your own business?” says Madison Harrison, owner and founder of Photos With Madison. This amazing entrepreneur is only 10 years old and started the business when she was 7. Can you believe that? Madison started taking pictures when she was only 3 years old because she wanted to capture memories herself. She says, “I wanted to take my own pictures.”

Light displays that are sure to amaze


The Griswald Family Light Display at 3920 S Swan Terrace in Homosassa.

Wildlife Park Wonder

Sebastian Hawes will be orchestrating the holiday lights display at Ellie Schille Homosassa Springs State Park. He has been creating amazing holiday lights displays since at least 2008. He was 16 then and his lighting display captured the public's attention.

This year Homosassa State Park Celebration of Lights is a nine evening event from Saturday December 17 through Christmas Eve December 24.

A donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 through 12 is suggested. Children age 2 and under are admitted free.

Thankful for yin yang yoga

One of the things I am most thankful for is Yoga. As wonderful as it is to get together with family for holidays and eat lots of amazing food, it can also be incredibly stressful. Entertaining family and friends, preparing and serving food, cleaning up afterwards… or if you are like me, maybe you had to drive to multiple homes to be with all your loved ones. Or you could be travelling out of state. House of Light Yoga made the Thanksgiving holiday so much easier for our community by offering a 2 hour Yoga class on Thanksgiving morning to get us all prepared for the intense day ahead.


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