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Poetic License: 'Declaration of Interdependence: July 4th, 2018'

July 11, 2018 On this day of celebrating independence, I declare interdependence a new truth to be held self-evident, humanity created free, interdependent on each other; I declare what defeats and hurt... more »»

In The Garden: Mango fruit is a summer treat

July 11, 2018 Mango (Magnifera indica L.) is one of the most sought after and delicious tropical fruits in the world and you can grow them right here in your own yard. more »»

Recipe of the Week: Caprese Napoleon with Herb Pesto

July 11, 2018 One of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean, Capri calls out to visitors from all over the world. more »»

An important victory for voters

July 4, 2018 For all of you who worked with us to gather signatures on the petitions to put Amendment 1, the Florida Land and Water Conservation Amendment, on the ballot in 2014, there is very good news. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Natural history museums are the libraries of the natural world

July 4, 2018 The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club had a guest speaker on June 22 and she is one of our own, Dorrie Hipschman, executive director of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. more »»

Faces on Faith: Seating arrangements

July 4, 2018 As you might imagine, I go to a fair number of wedding receptions. And sometimes the only other people I know who are in attendance are my wife, the bride and the groom. more »»

Safe at Sea: Make sure to test inflatable life jackets

July 4, 2018 When in Florida, we are always in the boating season and all of the associated activitie. more »»

Shell Shocked: Hugging — the Equal Opportunity Human Connector

July 4, 2018 World leaders do it. Kids do it. Married couples do it. Unmarried couples do it. Baseball players do it. Grandparents do it. Even tough Marine sergeants do it. more »»

In The Garden: Coconut palm is a true islander

July 4, 2018 The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is the most common palm tree known by people across the globe. more »»

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Rosemary Oil Pizza with Artichokes and Goat Cheese

July 4, 2018 When the heat gets to be too much for me, I turn on the grill and prepare my meals outside leaving the heat of the kitchen for the winter months. more »»

Poetic License: 'The Night Charley Parker Played Tenor At Montmartre Café in Greenwich Village'

July 4, 2018 (My Charlie Parker poem was first performed and broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition on March 11, 2005, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing. more »»

Ban the plastic straw on Sanibel Island

June 27, 2018 In early February, a local media outlet published an article about the remarkable news that Fort Myers Beach now has a ban on plastic drinking straw. more »»

Court victory supports Florida's Land Acquisition amendment

June 27, 2018 In 2014, an overwhelming 75 percent of Florida voters supported a Constitutional amendment to allocate 33 percent of real estate doc stamp taxes to Florida's Land Acquisition fund, Florida Forever. more »»

Faces on Faith: A shared humanity

June 27, 2018 Christian Science Monitor writer John Yemma recently reported that the world is experiencing the “biggest human migration since the end of World War II — millions of people displaced from their home... more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians share careers, professional backgrounds with club

June 27, 2018 Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club President Holli Martin was out of town, so President-Elect John Danner — who still has a few more weeks before he officially takes on the role of president on July 1 — wa... more »»

Safe at Sea: Life Jackets 101

June 27, 2018 This article should serve as a primer on Personal Flotation Devices or PFDs — life jackets. First, the law: - All recreational boats must carry one wearable PFD for each person aboard. more »»

On the Water: Great weather continues

June 27, 2018 If you wanted flat calm seas to venture offshore into Gulf waters, then you were in luck over the past week. more »»

Shell Shocked: Sanibel — a wine taster’s paradise

June 27, 2018 Sanibel has so much stuff going on that it’s sometimes hard to choose one activity over another. But one activity recently came to my attention that put it at the top of my list — wine tastin. more »»

In The Garden: Orange bird of paradise is a show stopper

June 27, 2018 The orange bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is one of the most recognized tropical plants in our island plant palette. more »»

Poetic License: 'What's Not In A Name'

June 27, 2018 (For José R. Pacheco.) They thought the name would do it. “Let’s call him Joseph, not José, the first Americano in the family, he will speak and read and write in English, he will be one of them. more »»



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