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Theater Notes: Three plays worth going off island for

January 18, 2017 How lucky we are to have such a rich and provocative theater in Southwest Florida. I was really lucky. I saw three marvelous plays all in one weekend. And I don’t use the word marvelous lightl. more »»

Living Sanibel: Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area

January 18, 2017 Visiting the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a change of pace from state parks, tourist attractions, or wildlife preserves. more »»

Poetic License: Villanelle of the Senior Tennis Round Robin

January 18, 2017 (For Carmine Marotta) Returning each morning to dust and clay, We brave the ibuprophened shore To beat oblivion one more day. more »»

'Lend Me A Tenor,' a song to sing

January 16, 2017 Are you up for a whacky, zany and delicious farce complete with operatic music and one of the finest casts ever assembled on this island? That’s what “Lend Me A Tenor,” now on the boards at BIG ART... more »»

Shell Shocked: The punchless punch line

January 11, 2017 Some people can tell an awful joke well and get laughs. more »»

Center Stage: Spellbinding ‘Phantom’ enchants Broadway Palm audience

January 11, 2017 “Phantom”, the musical by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit currently on the Broadway Palm’s stage is the far less known show, than Andrew Lloyd Weber’s version, however, it too is drawn from the same... more »»

In the Garden: Jatropha: Little red beauty

January 11, 2017 Jatropha integerrima is a welcome addition for a sunny spot in any size South Florida landscape. Jatropha is a genus of flowering plants in the Euphorbiaceae family. more »»

Living Sanibel: Common Moorhen

January 11, 2017 This widely distributed member of the rail family ranges from Argentina into southern Canada. Unlike its secretive cousins, the clapper rail and the king rail, the moorhen is not a shy bird. more »»

Faces on Faith: Light in the darkness

January 11, 2017 Snowstorms are in progress up north as I pen these thoughts. I can almost feel the freezing, icy wind blowing in from the cold Atlantic coast of New England. Snowbound people at the airports. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Much to look forward to in 2017

January 11, 2017 Happy New Year everybody. Rotarians are already looking ahead to 2017 and plans of all kinds are on the drawing board ready to implement. more »»

Poetic License: Minority Alligator Rap

January 11, 2017 I’m Minority Alligator with minority views — Life’s all a croc so I’m rappin’ the blues. Some call me cocodrilo and others caimán, Lagarto de Indias from days bygone. more »»

On the Water: More warm days of fishing coming

January 4, 2017 Santa Claus brought us blue skies and warm weather for much of the holiday week, perfect for fishing and spending time on the water. more »»

Shell Shocked: The old year gives advice to the New Year

January 4, 2017 Old man 2016 is on the way out and little, newborn 2017 is exercising its vast lung capacity in advance to get a beat on the New Year. more »»

Living Sanibel: Green Iguana

January 4, 2017 The current green iguana population on Sanibel and Captiva Islands is a direct result of the release of this large Central and South American reptile by pet owners who no longer want the animal. more »»

In the Garden: Blue butterfly bush: flight of fancy

January 4, 2017 The blue butterfly bush (Rotheca myricoides) is part of the Verbena family of tropical flowering plants that love the sub-tropical environment of our area. more »»

Faces on Faith: Does anyone have the time?

January 4, 2017 During my college days I was required to read a little book by Og Mandino entitled, “The Greatest Salesman in the Worl. more »»

Shell Shocked: Long lines and sanity

December 28, 2016 I have a friend who has an unusual fetish.  He loves long lines. He will try to find any long line he can so long as there are more than 20 people on it. more »»

Theater Notes: Stretching Christmas (A grampa and granddaughter phone call)

December 28, 2016 Grampa: I want something different this year. I want to stretch Christmas out. Sophia: You mean, like Chanukah? Grampa: No, I don’t mean like Chanukah. I’m going for more than eight days. more »»

Poetic License: My First Tropical Christmas

December 28, 2016 “No hableh ingléh en Viequeh,” (Do not speak English in Vieques) I still remember my mother’s words a few days before Christmas and after we had just completed a five-day steamship voyage to... more »»

Living Sanibel: West Indian manatee

December 28, 2016 Until 1768 there were five species of Sirenia (manatees) in the worl. more »»



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