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La FloridianaThe Last La Floridiana
POSTED BY WILLIAM MORIATY, July 22, 2011    Share

"...To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven;
...a time to be born and a time to die;..."
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, King James Version

I thought that it would be fitting that the last La Floridiana be featured on the tenth anniversary of its birth. The first La Floridiana was published in the July 23, 2001 edition of Nolan's Pop Culture Review (http://www.crazedfanboy.com/nolansnewsstand/popculturereview70.html).

I have a host of reasons that led me to this decision.

First and foremost is time. In order to write a column that demands the level of quality that our readers deserve demands time. I no longer have the luxury of as much free time as I did a decade ago. Work and personal demands have risen exponentially over the past several years, and particularly over the past month.

Second is material to write. Although there is in reality an unlimited plethora of material to base future columns on, I feel that the most important things that I wanted to cover in La Floridiana have all been covered.

Third is interest. A writer or an artist cannot produce a quality product without possessing a great deal of passion and a "fire in the belly". After having lost $250,000 in an investment scam, having lost $30,000 as a result of my first contractor bailing on me in the rebuilding of my house, and in view of what appears to be a growing reality concerning the diminished prospects of upward financial mobility in the remaining years of my life due to a stagnant economy and austere Governor and Legislature, it is hard to muster up any enthusiasm outside of the enthusiasm to survive.

I will keep up my efforts presiding over the Tampa Bay Reforestation and Environmental Effort, Inc. (http://www.treeinc.org/) in the foreseeable future, but even as that endeavor approaches 30 years of my unwavering dedication and commitment, today's current economic malaise has cast a looming shadow over its continued existence as well.

I am happy to report that my wife and I and our two cats remain in good health and that we can still afford to eat 3 squares a day, but I must admit the past decade, particularly the past four years, has been hard on us and more of my non-work hours are needed for financial planning, rest, relaxation and healing.

It has been an honor to write for PCR. Without it, I never would've published a book (William Moriaty's Florida http://www.cafepress.com/LaFloridiana.23136112) and come to know such gifted and talented fellow writers, all of them having their own unique writing styles, their own particular facets of pop culture, and some incredible personalities to back up their talents.

Here's a salute to current fellow writers ED Tucker, Chris Woods, Terence Nuzum, Vinnie Blesi, Jason Fetters and Mike Smith for their wonderful contributions! Lest I forget some of the other writers that I shared PCR bills over the years such as Lisa Scherer, John Miller, Matt Drinnenburg, Andy Lalino, Paul Guzzo, Brandon Jones, Drew Reiber, Patty G. Henderson, John Lewis and Mike "Deadguy" Scott. All part and parcel of the PCR family and Florida Folk Heroes all!

Now comes the most difficult part of my farewell - - Florida.

Florida, the very subject of the passion and love that prompted me to launch La Floridiana ten years ago, is a much different Florida than what I wrote about that spanned from the late 1940's to the mid 1980's (or of even ten years ago when I started this for that matter). I have come to increasingly feel more like a stranger in a strange land than a native son, especially in the very recent past.

Following or leading the national trend, Florida has become an increasingly more unfriendly place over the years. Its elected officials have become increasingly more corrupt, hostile and extreme, treating Florida's unique and rare natural beauty with a disdain and disregard that approaches the obscene. Using the current economic crises as an excuse, they have placed more emphasis on giving breaks to a relatively select few well-connected, monetarily well endowed corporations over the well being of the state's general populace, infrastructure and environment.

I still love and will always love Florida, my homeland and my place of birth, but I truly fear for its future. The land of sun and fun with its incredibly fascinating and unique history appears to be on a sad and unnecessary self destructive race to the bottom.

Regardless of how things play out in the future for my beloved Florida, and for all of us, my Christian ethos urges me on to not worry too much for God is in control.

In closing, I challenge the remaining PCR writers to do better than I did. It's your turn now - - the baton is being passed. Write better stories than I did! Only give your absolute best to your readers each time you put your thoughts into words! Never settle for second best in your efforts!

Lastly, Nole - - thanks for making it possible for all of us!

Your ability to lead others, persevere through some of the publication's worst of times and still remain dedicated and committed to such a grueling schedule over the past decade to get the PCR out each week has been a truly remarkable labor of love and an almost superhuman effort worthy of everyone's praise.

Here's my wishing all the staff both past and present and all of our readers God's eternal blessings and the very best that this life has to offer.

William Moriaty
La Floridiana

"La Floridiana" is ©2011 by William Moriaty. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2011 by Nolan B. Canova.

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