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Faces on Faith: God’s green thumb

Being a parent is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. The stakes are so very high! Even more so in the midst of the pandemic! And, in some ways, due to cultural expectations, being a mother is especially hard. My daughter-in-law Michelle does a very fine job of mothering her two ...

Shell Shocked: Top ten list of things to do on Sanibel

It seems as if everyone in the world has a top ten list so why shouldn’t I? David Letterman is famous for his and so is George Washington. Top ten lists currently in vogue now consist of the top ten restaurants in Siberia, hotels to stay at in the Arctic Circle, ten best places to cross by ...

In The Garden: Try out this colorful prickly native

The native coral bean (Erythrina herbacea) is ready to branch out along your coastal seascape, brightening the mood with evergreen and scarlet hues. The blossoming shrub blooms bright red during spring and early summer, popping out tubular flowers and pods full to the brim with beans. What a ...

Recipe of the Week: Chilled Melon Soup with Candied Prosciutto and Mint Coulis

Welcome the summer heat by learning how to keep cool with this great recipe. Using fresh local ingredients I have put together a wonderful chilled soup. Serve with a fresh salad and you can create a wonderful light meal for all to enjoy. I like to serve it in small bowl and garnish them with ...

Poetic License: ‘Riding Out Wilma’

I Eleven o’clock. Category two. The reds, yellows and greens Of Wilma’s eyes glare From the motel room TV screen: Wilma spirals and spins — Landfall in five hours. Under the mock moons Of the motel parking lot lamps The pool glimmers eerie green. A mad-dog ...

Please urge your U.S. senators to support S. 877

The U.S. House passed S. 877 in November 2019. Let's make sure the Senate passes it this session! Sharks are threatened globally, and this bill will help close another door to the unsustainable international fin trade. Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate. Every year, between 63 ...

Rotary Happenings: Island Rotarians hear from Story2Share host

In a world full of sad and scary news seen on a daily basis, it was a breath of fresh air to hear from this week's guest speaker at the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club meeting — Sean Martinelli, host of NBC2's Story2Share. He grew up wanting to be a game show host, and while that dream hasn't ...

Faces on Faith: Month devoted to profound soul searching

Traditionally, the last month of any Jewish year, the month of Elul, is a month devoted to profound soul searching. Why? Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (evening of Sept. 18-28 this year) we answer to God for our actions in the year passed. The Days of Awe (the entire period between Rosh ...

Shell Shocked: Being a vampire in Sanibel is no easy chore

I find it tough being the only male vampire in Sanibel. I have to stay in all day and only come out at night to play and dine. That’s why you never see me out in public during the day. Another problem I have is that I need to drive into Fort Myers periodically at night in order to prevent ...

In The Garden: Spider plant is a great house plant

The house plant Chlorophytum comosum, also known as the spider plant, is a highly durable and trusted indoor and outdoor species for South Florida. The hardy plant is native to a large number of regions of Africa, and is characterized by its long linear leaves that are variegated white and ...