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Safe at Sea: 2020: How to re-board when alone?

Recently, I read an article about boat standards, and I learned a great deal — more than I need, quite honestly — about ABYC standards and how ABYC is the U.S. representative of the ISO. The following stemmed from an article I had read entitled, “How To Re-Board When Alone,” a subject I ...

Faces on Faith: Anger management

As a young boy, I often struggled with what is called “flying off the handle.” Too many times my anger got the best of me. When my temper flared, I sometimes acted out in harmful ways. Recently, we have witnessed an extraordinary number of mass shootings. Some reports say there have been ...

Shell Shocked: Six degrees of separation

A friend whom I’ve known since college moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, about 15 years ago. About two years ago his tennis group invited a new member into its doubles game. As is routine when you meet somebody new, you begin asking a new acquaintance questions about his background to get to ...

In The Garden: Buccaneer palm brings unusual, unique to garden

To bring the unusual and unique to an island native garden, the addition of a silvery-blue buccaneer palm (Pseudophoenix Sargentii) is a great choice. This specimen palm has lots to recommend it for island living. It is very salt tolerant, slow growing and wind tolerant. No two buccaneer palms ...

Center Stage: ‘Into The Woods’ was an amazing performance by teens

“Into The Woods,” written by Stephan Sondheim and James Lapine, was the “fairy tale” musical performed by the amazing Florida Rep Education's Winter Conservatory. These teenage students did an amazing job recently performing this rather challenging show. This musical may feature many ...

Recipe of the Week: Little White Pizza with Pesto and Seafood

This is my mother's special, pizza dough recipe. It is easy to prepare and can be placed in the freezer for up to three months. Use fresh yeast only if you can buy it directly from a bakery; most of the supermarket yeast is already past its prime. The starter can be kept in the refrigerator in ...

Poetic License: ‘What’s Not In A Name’

(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.” So after my home delivery, as my father stood at my mother’s ...

SCCF provides legislative update on Week 8

The Joint Budget Conference Committee Chairs met on April 23 to continue their budget negotiations. As of then, there were just four days remaining before the state budget had to be presented to the full legislature. Once the state budget is submitted to the legislature, a 72-hour waiting ...

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians learn about shell museum’s past, future

Sanibel is known for many things, top-rated beaches, great food, early bedtimes and, of course, our shells. Throughout the years, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum was formed and has grown into a very impressive museum, representing the best shells of Sanibel and the world. Recently, ...

Safe at Sea: 2020: Year of the ‘Yak’

Just as the sale of recreational boats has skyrocketed during the pandemic, so has the sale of kayaks — thus, 2020 is the Year of the Yak! There is practically a laundry list of reasons why their popularity has boomed again: - Excellent way to get exercise. (Check.) - Experience close-up ...