Susan Marie Molloy

Life in the Oasis

Florida Tale


Florida is many worlds. There’s the panhandle, where it has more of an Alabama-Georgia feel. Then there’s the rest of the state – Central and South – that is more like the Florida most people know: Lush with palm trees, more heat and humidity, swamps, et cetera.

The first time I set foot in Florida was during hurricane season. Air traffic was backed up into Sarasota, and my plane had to circle several times out over the Gulf of Mexico before it was cleared to land. The cruise I was scheduled for was cancelled. I remember spending a lot of time in the boarded-up hotel and peeking through the glass doors, watching palm trees bent almost horizontal from the high winds. The rains were torrential. Somewhere, in my box of mementos, I have 35mm movies of this hurricane.

On another trip, while I was sitting in the passenger seat of a car, a cockroach crept up on me and up my neck. Yes, I screamed like a girl. I could hardly wait to leave Florida and return home.

Currently, I am working on a book of my travel experiences, of the whacky places I visited, and the zany people I met along the way. I’ll be sharing a few excerpts here on my blog. I expect the book to be finished summer of 2018.

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

I am an observer, a writer, and a poet. My latest poetry books, "Engaged," "Indigo Fantasy," "Life in the Oasis," "Gallery Night," "God of the Sea," "Solitary Walks," and "Grapes Suzette" and my short stories, "The Green Gloves" and "The Crowd of Turin" are now available on Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

4 thoughts on “Florida Tale

  1. The Florida Panhandle is a despicable part of Florida. As a Floridian, I disown the Panhandle……….

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    • Of all the many places I’ve lived around the country, it wasn’t my most favorite on many levels. However, the white sugar-sand beaches were nice and made for great photography subjects for me, though. Good to hear from you. I’m looking forward to more of your blogs I enjoy them— 🙂


  2. Had to laugh. In Florida we call them Palmetto Bugs but they are essentially ginormous roaches. Also, Florida had those very extreme experiences. Yet it is a place of much beauty and history. My love is for the severn species of sea turtles that use Florida shores to lay the next generation down into the white sands and then send a wave of youngsters into the Atlantic and the Sargasso Seas.I look forward to your book!

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    • I was always intrigued by the white sugar-sand beaches in the Florida panhandle, and how it absorbs the heat to make it so very hot in the sun, as opposed to beaches I experienced elsewhere in this hemisphere. The turtles in Florida are interesting; I’m glad there are so many species, and that it stays that way. … I haven’t seen those *ahem* Palmetto Bugs in a long time. 🙂 I’m having fun writing my book of travel stories; I have a summer publishing target date, and that’s not so long off. Time does fly— Thanks for stopping by, Susan; it’s always great to hear from you!


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