Lucky Goat Coffee, Cover Sponsor
It started with a simple idea make great coffee. We wanted to not only provide the best coffee experience in Tallahassee, but also wanted to ensure that there was a local presence that continued to love and pour back into the community itself.
Loving local runs through our veins. Through our fundraiser program, supporting non-profit organizations and schools with donations and planning events that we know our locals will love, the same thought continues to resonate with us how do we love those within our city. Coffee is all about relationships and our goal, along with other local businesses, is to provide a space where community can be fostered and flourish.
Being the first featured business on the cover of the Lovebook, we are honored that we have the opportunity to showcase what happens when you support local and focus on what matters community.
So grab a cup of coffee (Lucky Goat is preferred!), flip through the Lovebook and get out there to see how you can begin pouring back into your town through supporting local businesses, some you may experience for the first time. You never know how you can help transform where you live by sipping, shopping and playing local!Ben Pautsch, Lucky Goat Coffee CEO
Celebrating a Life Well Lived . . .
“ My sister, Mary, will always be a part of my heart. Her loving, compassionate, fierce, accepting and generous soul created this wonderful Chelsea Family! My daughter, Jenna, and I will continue her legacy to bring happiness and success to both our Chelsea Staff and Guests. ”– Sue Peña, Co-Owner
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JAPAN ESE HIBACHI STEAK
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Thank You For 5O Fantastic Years,
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In a world where you can be anything, be . . .
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Whiddon received his bachelor’s degree from McMurry College, his master’s from Florida State University, where he also taught for five years, and his postgraduate work in Public Administration from Nova University. He is a veteran and served in the United States Air Force from 1966 through 1970. He is involved in numerous civic and conservation organizations. He has been married for fifty-five years and has two children and one four-year-old granddaughter. Whiddon enjoys calling turkeys, wing shooting, mentoring children from single-parent families, and writing children’s short stories. He currently is a partner in MGW Outfitters, a prestigious wing shooting operation in Argentina and Uruguay.
THE SUNSHINE SHENANIGAN
It’s the early ’90s, and Florida’s Medicaid program is growing fast. Webb Epsy, the well-respected and spirited leader of Florida’s Medicaid Regulatory Office, has inadvertently discovered that large amounts of money are being siphoned from the state’s Medicaid coffers. Those responsible are doing so for reasons far more complicated and nefarious than greed. The resulting investigation leads him and his unconventional staff into the path of a mysterious and dangerous adversary, determined to keep them off his employers’ trail at any cost. Drawing on his personal resources and connections, Espy enters into a chess match of wits and wills, leading to several unanticipated consequences for himself, his team and the world. Reflecting on the Florida Medicaid program’s uncontrolled expansion and
John M WHIDDON
John M. Whiddon is a native Floridian, born in the small panhandle town of Chattahoochee, Florida. An avid reader and writer with a background in the healthcare industry, Whiddon ran Florida’s Medicaid Program Integrity Office for more than a decade and upon retirement opened a private healthcare regulatory consulting business in 1995.
the unknown extent of Medicaid fraud and abuse in America’s history, this story could be all too true.
THE FI$CAL AGENT
After spending fourteen agonizing months recuperating in a rehabilitation facility in Switzerland due to a foiled assassination attempt, Webb Epsy, renowned systems expert, former university professor, public servant, best-selling author and multimillionaire, returns home to the Florida Panhandle to restart his life. Invigorated and once again challenged with renewed purpose and focus due to therapeutic insights and refreshed romantic interests, Espy returns home and is faced with updated information linked to the attempt on his life and unanticipated consequences that force his participation towards closure. To this end, Espy, initially a reluctant participant in a world of international conspiracy and intrigue, discovers an unknown heinous and evil adversary. In a role reversal, Espy is no longer hunted, but is enticed to become the hunter. Once more teamed with several members of his cadre of the talented support cast, former adversaries, as well as an unintentional new cerebral weapon, the predator role takes him into the bowels of the invisible government, and forces choices, compromises and conciliations that will challenge his moral core. THE FI$CAL AGENT is the second part sequel to THE SUNSHINE SHENANIGAN, which will ultimately be a trilogy. The final part is a work in progress and will be titled DIE-ALY$IS.
with John M. WhiddonAs interviewed by SHANNEN MOHR
MOHR: You waited for a while to write your first book. Why?
WHIDDON: The short answer is COVID, I guess. If there was any kind of silver lining in the pandemic, it's that it took away all the alibis I had for procrastination.
M: Have you previously published anything?
W: Yes, I had several publications back when I was in academia and a few uncopyrighted things for The National Wild Turkey Federation. I’ve always written things for the kids, so when they’re older and they want to know what the old man was really like they might catch a glimpse. I’ve decided to publish several of those, especially those where the statute of limitations has run out.
M: Where in the world do you come up with some of these unique characters for your stories?
W: That’s rather easy. I’m from Chattahoochee, you see. The local community had some very strange and interesting characters and personalities. A few of them were even patients. No, most of my characters are based on someone I’ve known or dealt with in the past. They may have come from a different place or time; however, their characteristics are based on the real deal. Some characters I invent by taking traits from several individuals and integrating them.
M: The three primary questions most readers come away with after having read THE SUNSHINE SHENANIGAN are: (1) Who is the Host, (2) There will be a sequel, right? And, (3) How much of this is true?
W: Well, one can find out the identity of “The Host” by reading the “Prologue” of the second book, THE FI$CAL AGENT (Most will never guess!) which also answers the question regarding a sequel. The story could not abruptly end with one or even two books. It required three, because my wife said it could not be made into a miniseries unless there were three
of the dang things. I have just finished writing the third and final part of the trilogy. It will be titled DIE-ALY$IS! The question concerning how much is true is not all that easy to answer. If you change one small fact of a real event you have created fiction. I have most certainly created considerable fiction from real events.
M: Do you always know how your story is going to progress and ultimately end?
W: Generally, yes, however, some crossroads seem to naturally spring up in storytelling that provides for twists that were not originally anticipated. I enjoy those opportunities that promote the: “Wouldn’t it be interesting if,” “What if,” or “What about if.” I like “Epilogues” in some instances to quench the thirst of readers that need some story or character closure.
M: Do you have any specific favorite character/s?
W: I love them all. The real ones, as well as the ones I’ve created. If I had to pick a couple of favorites, I would say of course, I like Marsha Kaye, “M”, Kat and Willie Dozios.
M: What about Webb Espy?
W: Webb Espy is a mythical creature. However, my daughter, Alexandra, would say: “Dad, Webb Espy is just John Whiddon on steroids and mushrooms!”
M: You mentioned earlier that throughout the years, you wrote for your kids and are planning to publish some of those stories. Is that your next project?
W: Since the statute of limitations has run out . . . The next project is going to be titled, THOSE GOBBLING THINGS AND GROWING UP SOUTHERN.
M: Tell your readers one interesting thing about you that no one would ever guess.
W: I’m a helpless romantic with tales that need embellishing.
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“ A scary insight into the Medicaid and Medicare rip-off by fraudulent pharmacies and mafia type criminals! Although fictional, Whiddon weaves a believable tale of intrigue and suspense. His characters come to life with stunning clarity, fitting the mold of their intended part in discovering and unraveling a monstrous fraud ring. ”
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