The Things I Can’t Live Without | Christopher Knife

Christopher Knife shares the things he can't live without


Chris is the vice president for development and CEO of the College of Central Florida Foundation, Inc. Among the things he is grateful for is “a very giving and generous community.”


My lovely bride, Beth.

We have so much fun on this, our big adventure through life, that we’re laughing all the time!


Digesting one thought or quote that stretches my mind and understanding each day.

For example, “You can’t step in the same river twice because the river and you are always changing.” —Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 500 BCE)


A daily walk on the CF Ocala Campus, Silver Springs State Park (I mean, wild monkeys!), the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway or in our neighborhood.

Being in a green space daily is essential to my well-being. 

Woman jeans and sneaker shoes


Great food cooked at home! Great food cooked for me!

Favorite restaurants include La Cuisine, Mark’s Prime, Amrit Palace, Terry’s Place, Latinos Y Mas and Big Lee’s BBQ to name a few. What can I say? I like to eat! 



I’m happiest when I have a few books going at once. Barnes & Noble, Amazon and any place that has books for sale are haunts for me.

Bow tie


A bowtie for workdays.

I’ve worn one most of my working career—all the way back to when I aspired to lecture history. I’ve collected enough ties to just about wear a different one every day. When I’m in Greiner’s Clothing, Inc. or Dillard’s, I’ll be eyeing bowties—even though I do not need any more!


Making music daily on the bagpipe and always trying to improve.

Music making is so important—I like to think that even to whistle a tune or bang on a drum is happiness if you don’t play a bagpipe.

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