Emily J. Minor

Emily J. Minor is a longtime South Florida writer who writes about both the funny and sentimental sides of life. A former columnist at The Palm Beach Post, Emily wrote the newspaper's popular Real Life column for 14 years. She is now a freelance writer.

Latest from Emily J. Minor

Jupiter’s Abacoa at 20: Why neighbors say it’s paradise
 A lot’s happened in the last 20 years at Abacoa, the pretty “new urbanist” community that anchors Jupiter on the town’s south side. The oak trees are grown. The sidewalks are busy. In the spring, there’s Major League Baseball at one of the nicest training fields around. In the summer, the minor leaguers take...

12:15 AM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

A lot’s happened in the last 20 years at Abacoa, the pretty “new urbanist” community that anchors Jupiter on the town’s south side. The oak trees are grown. The sidewalks are busy. In the spring, there’s Major League Baseball at one of the nicest training fields around. In the summer, the minor leaguers take...
India Hicks wants to make you look ‘interesting’
 In a hotel ballroom filled with adorable women dressed in adorable outfits, India Hicks takes the stage. Already, her ambassadors — the women who have invested in her company and will take a cut from selling Hicks’ line of handbags, belts, hats, wallets, scarves, jewelry and whatever else she dreams up — are hollering. And...

3:07 PM Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

In a hotel ballroom filled with adorable women dressed in adorable outfits, India Hicks takes the stage. Already, her ambassadors — the women who have invested in her company and will take a cut from selling Hicks’ line of handbags, belts, hats, wallets, scarves, jewelry and whatever else she dreams up — are hollering. And...
5 THINGS BABY BOOMERS WANT
 If we’re honest with ourselves — and why not? — we’re a teeny-tiny-bit addicted to home improvement television. Right? The handsome “Property Brothers.” All those disagreeing couples on “Love It or List It.” And the always adorable Chip and Joanna Gaines on “Fixer Upper.” Hour after...

8:20 PM Friday, May. 20, 2016

If we’re honest with ourselves — and why not? — we’re a teeny-tiny-bit addicted to home improvement television. Right? The handsome “Property Brothers.” All those disagreeing couples on “Love It or List It.” And the always adorable Chip and Joanna Gaines on “Fixer Upper.” Hour after...
Builders creating space for all our stuff
 As Americans, we have a lot of stuff. Pilates mats and masonry saws. A car for the wife. A car for the hubby. A car for the kid. Bicycles, paddle boards, little red wagons. And what this means, really, is that today’s home builders have to figure out a way for us to store all that stuff. Storage and lifestyle space is big in today&rsquo...

9:32 PM Friday, Apr. 15, 2016

As Americans, we have a lot of stuff. Pilates mats and masonry saws. A car for the wife. A car for the hubby. A car for the kid. Bicycles, paddle boards, little red wagons. And what this means, really, is that today’s home builders have to figure out a way for us to store all that stuff. Storage and lifestyle space is big in today&rsquo...
The growing problem of overage drinking
 Another glass of chardonnay. One more beer? Why not? You don’t have to get up in the morning. But older Americans who over indulge — which can often begin with that simple little decision to have “one more” — are collectively becoming one of the nation’s biggest abuse problems, according to several recent...

12:30 AM Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

Another glass of chardonnay. One more beer? Why not? You don’t have to get up in the morning. But older Americans who over indulge — which can often begin with that simple little decision to have “one more” — are collectively becoming one of the nation’s biggest abuse problems, according to several recent...
Does the Continuous Glucose Monitor really save lives?
 Diabetes is all about numbers. Lots of numbers. If you exist outside the Type 1 diabetes world, you probably shudder at the thought of the needles. Right? Insulin shots. Finger pricks. Ouch. Poor us. But the needles aren’t the worst part. Not usually. It’s the numbers. No matter how you manage your T1 — short for Type 1...

5:52 PM Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Diabetes is all about numbers. Lots of numbers. If you exist outside the Type 1 diabetes world, you probably shudder at the thought of the needles. Right? Insulin shots. Finger pricks. Ouch. Poor us. But the needles aren’t the worst part. Not usually. It’s the numbers. No matter how you manage your T1 — short for Type 1...
Seeking the Fountain of Youth at Mar-A-Lago among other baby boomers
 It was a sunny, steamy Thursday that I dragged my sad, saggy self over to Mar-a-Lago looking for my youth. Too harsh? Well, ladies, did you nick your chin this morning shaving? Didn’t think so. Some people who are pushing 60 claim they’re at the height of their physical game, but I’m suspicious. Sixty is 60. Sixty is not...

4:01 PM Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

It was a sunny, steamy Thursday that I dragged my sad, saggy self over to Mar-a-Lago looking for my youth. Too harsh? Well, ladies, did you nick your chin this morning shaving? Didn’t think so. Some people who are pushing 60 claim they’re at the height of their physical game, but I’m suspicious. Sixty is 60. Sixty is not...
Calm, uncomplicated and quiet
 You don’t find places like this every day: a small neighborhood, woodsy and quiet, 10 minutes from downtown West Palm Beach, 15 to the beaches, and less than five minutes to the grocery, interstate, post office and big central library. “It’s not isolated, but it feels like a little nest in here,” says Bobbie Clark...

11:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015

You don’t find places like this every day: a small neighborhood, woodsy and quiet, 10 minutes from downtown West Palm Beach, 15 to the beaches, and less than five minutes to the grocery, interstate, post office and big central library. “It’s not isolated, but it feels like a little nest in here,” says Bobbie Clark...
Lake Worth historic district displays diverse array of styles, designs
 Maybe you already know this. Maybe you don’t. Either way, a refresher course can be a good thing — especially when we’re talking Florida history. The city of Lake Worth, all 5.5 square miles of it, was basically designed during the early agricultural days of Palm Beach County, when western landowners gave farmers small lots...

11:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Maybe you already know this. Maybe you don’t. Either way, a refresher course can be a good thing — especially when we’re talking Florida history. The city of Lake Worth, all 5.5 square miles of it, was basically designed during the early agricultural days of Palm Beach County, when western landowners gave farmers small lots...
Do the Write Thing champ: Maya Monson of Palm Beach Gardens
 As a kid, she watched her mother, a stripper, get beaten, too many times to count. “I didn’t get the lessons taught to me that other little kids get taught,” she says now. So, eventually, Maya Monson sat down, and she wrote about it. In those days, those horrid, horrid days, Maya’s mom worked as a stripper, and their...

11:00 AM Thursday, Jul. 02, 2015

As a kid, she watched her mother, a stripper, get beaten, too many times to count. “I didn’t get the lessons taught to me that other little kids get taught,” she says now. So, eventually, Maya Monson sat down, and she wrote about it. In those days, those horrid, horrid days, Maya’s mom worked as a stripper, and their...
Do the Write Thing Winner Colby Guy, of Jupiter, heads to D.C.
 They got to him just before Christmas 2013. We wish you were dead. You’re a dumb autistic loser. All I want for Christmas is for Colby Guy to die. “It just went on and on,” said his mother, Alexis Guy. Colby Guy had always had troubles, and not just with school bullies, she says. While most babies coo and babble, her boy...

9:58 PM Wednesday, Jul. 01, 2015

They got to him just before Christmas 2013. We wish you were dead. You’re a dumb autistic loser. All I want for Christmas is for Colby Guy to die. “It just went on and on,” said his mother, Alexis Guy. Colby Guy had always had troubles, and not just with school bullies, she says. While most babies coo and babble, her boy...