Locala Magazine, March 2023

03/01/2023 12:31 AM By Lisa Anderson
March 2023 | Vol. 02 | No. 10


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Letter from the Editor
Lisa Anderson

Dear Ocala,

If you love a good underdog story, this issue is for you! Jacob Diaz (page 14), who was abandoned by his mother as a child, went on to serve time for his involvement with a Mexican drug cartel. He now gives back to the community by helping people repair their credit. Lindsee Kirby (page 9) experienced a horrific car accident and shares her recovery journey and scars to spread positivity. Judy Wilson (page 16) pushed through personal attacks to advocate for the rights of sexual assault victims and for mental health care. And Judge Lori Cotton (page 20) uses empathy gained from personal tragedy to dispense justice in her courtroom.

In the Chews Letter (page 25), Renee Gentry gives horses something healthy to chew on. Dee Collier (page 6) breaks social norms by educating kids about history through role-play.

Make sure you check out our Artist Corner! The Appleton Staff highlights metal fabricator Mike Zeak (page 29), whose sculpture “Childhood Memories” is a permanent installation on the museum’s grounds. And tattoo artist Kory Strictland (page 31) talks about his love of permanent ink.

My great-great-grandparents were born in Ireland, so in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I leave you with my family’s favorite Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Most Sincerely,
Jodi Anderson

Lisa Anderson