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Posted on September 15, 2014 - by

Be Bold, Be Fiercely Bold

by Janet Snow, from Lucy Burdette’s Key West food critic mystery series


Did you happen to see the swimmer Diana Nyad splash ashore on Smathers Beach in Key West? She is one amazing lady–64 years old and this was the fifth time she tried to swim the 100-plus miles from Cuba to Key West. The first four times she had to turn back because of bad weather, poisonous jellyfish, and sharks. Two years ago her face was so swollen from jellyfish stings I bet her own mother wouldn’t recognize her. But she went back to try again and this time she made it. And here’s what she said when she staggered out of the water:

“I have three messages for you:

1. We should #NeverEverGiveUp
2. You’re #NeverTooOld to chase your dreams
3. It’s #NeverASolitarySport … it’s a team ”

If that didn’t get your juices revving, I’m not sure what would! I’m not as old as Diana, but I will be, and I don’t want to look back and think about all the things I didn’t try when I was younger.

My daughter Hayley is another role model for me–she’s pursuing her dream about working as a food critic in Key West. She’s finding her way and I’m so proud.But, here’s the problem. I met the top caterer on the island when we were down for Hayley’s dear friend Connie’s wedding (MURDER WITH GANACHE, published 2/2014.)

What can I say other than we really hit it off? So I’ve been offered a dream job too. But do you think Hayley will kill me if I take the job? Just for the winter mind you…

Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.