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Poetic License: 'Poem for Leap Day 2020'

February 25, 2020 On this extra day I can recite the happiest verses. I can recite, for example: on this extra day, “the eye of heaven shines as in eternal lines to time thou growest. more »»

Diamondback terrapins need your support

February 21, 2020 The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation urges you to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by Feb. more »»

Safe at Sea: Another required piece of safety equipment

February 18, 2020 Each season, the America’s Boating Club completes thousands of Vessel Safety Checks, which are offered free — and at your chosen location — by the organization. more »»

Faces on Faith: Practice makes perfect

February 18, 2020 Growing up, I never enjoyed practice. Whether it was homework, playing the trombone or participating in sports, I never understood the concept that practice makes you better. more »»

Shell Shocked: Aging in Sanibel

February 18, 2020 Let’s start with an assumption. We’re all getting older. Are you with me so far? Aging is nature's way of telling us to slow down. Naturally, we fight nature's ultimatum every way we can. more »»

In The Garden: Zamia is also known as the cardboard palm

February 18, 2020 Zamia (Zamia furfuracea) is a cycad, one of the most ancient of plant species. This particular cycad is native to parts of Mexico and Veracruz and has become a favorite in Florida. more »»

Recipe of the Week: Eclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream and Chocolate Ganache

February 18, 2020 For me, eclairs are the ultimate dessert — filled with creamy vanilla custard and dipped in chocolate ganache, they are simply spectacular. The very sight of them can make me stop in my tracks. more »»

Poetic License: 'Unsaved Document 1'

February 18, 2020 What if all my moments are still there, Embedded in some microprocessor, Awaiting recovery and editing, Waiting to be relived? Which would I save or delete, And which restore exact or alter most? ... more »»

Safe at Sea: Visual Distress Signals required on most vessels

February 11, 2020 Federal law requires that all boats must be equipped with U.S. more »»

Faces on Faith: Mapping a meaningful life

February 11, 2020 “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asks the poet Mary Oliver. more »»

Shell Shocked: Leap Year

February 11, 2020 Yes, it happens every four years. It's called “Leap Year” and we benefit by getting an extra day tagged on at the end of February. I have a friend whose birthday is Feb. more »»

In The Garden: Firebush is a blaze of color

February 11, 2020 Firebush (Hamelia patens) is a wonderfully cooperative and colorful native to brighten your garden. more »»

Center Stage: Community Concerts cancels performance, but more planned

February 11, 2020 Fort Myers Community Concerts unfortunately had to cancel its second performance of the season when the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra had to cancel its Jan. 27 concert due to visa difficulties. more »»

Recipe of the Week: Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce

February 11, 2020 Crab cakes are a tempting dish that are found on almost every good restaurant menu in America. A favorite fare among many diners, both for lunch or dinner, as a main dish or as an appetizer. more »»

Poetic License: 'Please, Not Another Valentine'

February 11, 2020 (As told and told to Joe Pacheco) Please, not another valentine, Unload the dishwasher instead. Tell the muse to pick up your shoes, And let her help you make the bed. more »»

What can we expect from the Red Tide Task Force?

February 4, 2020 Florida red tide is one of the major ecological threats facing Florida. Because of the seriousness of the threat, in mid-2019 Go. more »»

Safe at Sea: Boating quiz — would you pass or fail?

February 4, 2020 Currently, more and more states are requiring boaters to take a boating education course. In Florida, not only must boater born after Jan. more »»

Faces on Faith: Now is the time to stand up, be visibly counted

February 4, 2020 All of my life I have been grateful that our American Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. But I also embraced the fact that it guarantees “freedom from religion. more »»

Shell Shocked: Sanibel — a wine taster’s paradise

February 4, 2020 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: Tillandsia, or better known as an air plant

February 4, 2020 Tillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the pineapple family Bromeliaceae. more »»



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