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This Issue’s Contributors

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Danette Benton (Beyond Beachcomberland) is an award-winning photographer that has been featured on multiple magazine covers and in numerous articles. Her subject preferences include wildlife, landscapes and street photography. When asked about her favorite type of photography, though, her reply is always, “Life around me. As if there wasn’t a photographer anywhere in sight. I like to capture everyday life.”


She has an extreme love for travel and a great sense of humor. Her travel blog is not a “we went here, we stayed there, we ate this” type of blog. She blogs in a way that you experience her trips with her—the good, the beautiful, the not so great, and in-between. She believes the best stories are the mishaps, the getting lost, and the unusual characters you meet along the way.


While you will find great information in her blog about places she has been, you will also get a humorous side to the adventures as they are retold. Her itineraries are very full. She believes in hitting the ground running as soon as the plane lands to see everything there is to see in the wherever she is visiting.


Buckle up and join her on this amazing journey called life at

Clay Jones (Cartoons) syndicates his cartoons daily to publications across the country. Clay was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and was raised in Louisiana, Illinois, California and Georgia. He currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Subscribe to the Claytoonz YouTube channel and watch Clay Jones create his masterpieces and demystify the whole cartooning thing.

Seagrove Beach resident Nikki Hedrick (Live Music Review) is a photographer and longtime Beachcomber contributor. She is the co-owner of 850 Music and Entertainment, and wears a few other hats, too. Nikki is currently gearing up for beach wedding season and wonders if anyone can own too many concert t-shirts.

Samantha Lambert (Recommended Reading) writes: “Very happy to be two years back in the Sunshine State! Enjoying traveling with my husband and spending a lot of time out in the fresh air at various events and festivals.”

Dr. David C. Simmons (Movies + TV) is a professor of Film Studies and Humanities at Northwest Florida State College. He received his Ph.D. in Humanities and Film Studies from Florida State University in 2005. He is also the faculty advisor of the NWFS Film Club and the NWFSC Gay-Straight Alliance.


David is currently writing several books, including two on nonviolence. In his spare time, he enjoys watching films, conducting choirs, singing with the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, and being an advocate for social justice.

Evangeline Murphy (Movies + TV) graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in English and Creative Writing. She hopes to use these skills to be an editor and, eventually, a novelist. Evangeline was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach.

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