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Shell Shocked: The social ostracism of the unvaccinated

There’s a breed of people currently around who stand out from the crowd. They are the “Unvaccinated.” You get a phone call from a friend of yours and the first thing he asks is “Have you been vaccinated yet?” You say “No, I haven’t. I’ve been trying like mad to get on a ...

In The Garden: Carolina jessamine is a southern beauty

Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium Semperviren) is a great climber and loves to fill in spaces when planted on trellises and arbors, along fences or under trees with loose canopies. The glossy leaves stay green all year, providing dense coverage for the supporting structure. Carolina jessamine ...

Poetic License: ‘Poem, fall not far from me’

(Inspiration for Mary Ann Devo) Poem, fall not far from me, Bitter or sweet, your words are mine. You are my apple, I am your tree. Try as you might you cannot flee, Bound as we are like grape to vine. Poem, fall not far from me. Seek not separate epiphany Or look to sip a ...

It is time to start planning for renewable energy

Sanibel has begun an important planning process. In 2019, the city commissioned a study by Florida Gulf Coast University professor Michael Savarese to understand the pending effects of sea level rise and increased severity of storms brought on by climate change. The purpose of the project is ...

Safe at Sea: ‘Old faithfuls’ to keep on board

Recently, I met up with an “old salt,” Tom Niswonger. He has a wealth of boating experience, both in Michigan and Southwest Florida. Over the years, Niswonger has owned more boats than just about anyone I know. In fact, his experience and knowledge are vast, particularly in the area of ...

Faces on Faith: What is your legacy?

I once received an e-mail from a not-for-profit organization I have done business with in the past. The subject line posed a question, which was repeated in the body of the e-mail itself. “What legacy will you leave?” it asked. What legacy will you leave? As you might imagine, the ...

Shell Shocked: The birds and the bees

A dad is squirming and sweating. He’s dreaded this moment for a long time but knew that someday he’d have to deal with it. His son is seated across the kitchen table also squirming and sweating. He doesn’t exactly know why his dad said the two of them needed to have a heart to heart talk. ...

In The Garden: Cuban palm can take on ‘dressed’ appearance

The Cuban petticoat palm tree (Copernicia macroglossa) is native to Cuba and a really great specimen palm to add to the landscape. The unique feature of the palm is its fan-shaped leaves that have no petioles. If not removed, dry old leaves form a “petticoat” giving the palm “dressed” ...