Commentaries & Fiction
On everything under the sun from the point of view of moi in my itsy bitsy spot here in Davenport, Florida.
Where did I come from? (Or, from whence did I come?)
I don’t come from Davenport but have lived here since 2012. I like to think that I came from Richmond, Virginia, because that’s where I lived for 18 years, but I’m also from Puerto Rico and New York, two splices of my life that I reveal from time to time in my stories.
I started my slightly irreverent, eponymous site on January 1, 2017 to fill an information void in my community. The local newspaper, The Ledger, didn’t report much coverage and the City of Davenport municipal government didn’t communicate effectively. (Still doesn’t.)
It started with getting to know a few politicians (a bit too closely) and grew into my community work, which was plenty including serving as chairperson of my city’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, and serving on the Charter Review Committee and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee, and also serving on the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee.
I’ve been a lot of things in my short life but my favorite thing is writing, thus this blog. One of my other favorite career choices included working in economic development for the Commonwealth of Virginia as well in Hampton and Hanover counties bringing in such giants at the time as Gateway computers and Nextel phones.
Before Darhlene.com, for eight years I ran The Poinciana Crane,[i] starting it as a real estate blog then blossoming it into a hyper-local news source before closing in 2012. There was a lot happening that year, including yours truly running for a county seat while serving as vice president to local civic group; helping found the Poinciana Economic Development Alliance (PEDA); and managing, in a nearly unpaid position, a private for-profit blog for Poinciana’s Solivita community.
I passed Florida’s real estate exam on the first try in 2004. (Yeah, surprised me too.) It was a feat not accomplished by most licensure candidates, but I was also the one surrounded by industry sharks, I later found, ones who’d eat their mother’s for a few thousand bucks (or less, who knows). I thought my background — which had included decades of experience in economic development, government, nonprofits, self-employment, and technology — would naturally lend me to a successful career in real estate sales. It did not.
I was more of a detail-oriented leader, a community activist and a social critic than I was a salesman of any sort. I found that projects that have jostled my muse involved speaking truth to power and advancing my neighborhood. As such I helped paved the way for the restroom facility to be built in neighborhood park in a majority-minority community, called Jamestown, a $100k project, and for the improvements to Lake Play in my corner of the world.
I will use my long, slender fingers to bang on my Dell keyboard like a piano and entertain my readers while doing what I like to do best: research and write. Please follow me as I venture here to talk about our world.
Want more? Here’s my resume for your perusal.
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[i] The Poinciana Crane ran as a real estate news and commentary blog from 2004 to March 2012, ending with 159 followers.