November 29th, the day of my birth, is a day when I remember one of my favorite Floridians. Not Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, but Al Burt, the great Florida author and columnist. Burt passed on the 29th a few years back. I highly recommend anything and everything that he wrote about Florida.
The Tropic of Cracker survives in myth, memory and love of natural Florida. It exists more in the mind than in geography, more in the memory than in the sight, more in attitude than in the encounter. It thrives in the sprinklings of people who still honor a multifaceted heritage rooted in the appreciation of a place and the understanding of customs that harmonized with its peculiar blessings. It tolerates and explains the humanly dimensioned heroes and the heroically flawed rogues who give it voice. (Tropic of Cracker)
Article by another of my favorite Floridians, Jeff Klinkenberg.