Sunblogging: Day 3 of the Sundance Film Festival

Still snowing at Sundance! The Company Men will definitely make it to local theaters.  Featuring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Craig T. Nelson, and Maria Bello, it tells the timely story of corporate downsizing. Often when a film has so much star power, it disappoints.  This film doesn’t. John Wells, the writer/director has a long history […]

Sunblogging: Day 1 of the Sundance Film Festival

First, a word about the weather.  Two snow storms in two days and the National Weather Service has issued a storm warning for heavy snow and strong winds from tonight (Thursday) until Sunday!  A local weatherman described the situation as a spinning wagon wheel, with us getting hit by spoke after spoke in the form of blizzard like snow. The […]

Sunblogging: Day 5 of the Sundance Film Festival

Day 5 begins cloudy, 16 degrees, but no snow.  The sound of blasting to prevent avalanches continues to fill the morning air.  I see that it is raining in Marco.  I hope none of my friends dare whines to me about the rain!  Four films are on my agenda for today. The first big deal of the festival has been made.  Lionsgate […]

Sunblogging: Day 4 of the Sundance Film Festival

Day 4  — and dare I say it?  It looks like it is not snowing!  Oops, too late, here comes another wave. The other day, I wrote about a film being “predictable”.  As I think about it, I don’t think there is anything wrong with a film being predictable. When we see the ending we expect, it reinforces our view of the […]

Sunblogging: Day 2 of the Sundance Film Festival

Day 2 was a first during our pre-shift volunteer meeting: we talked about what to do in case of an earthquake.  Park City lies near the Wasatch fault, which some say is long overdue for some action. Haiti is on many people’s minds and the festival has set up a special text messaging number to donate to the efforts.  The only problem […]

Undercover Trash

Some reality shows are simply – unreal. All the subjects seems handsome or  pretty and everything seems quite ‘staged’. Now there’s a new reality series about to premier on CBS after the Superbowl on February 7. It’s called Undercover Boss and will show the CEOs of several well-known companies leaving their ivory towers and getting down and dirty with the […]

Councilman Kiester Holds on by Slim Margin

Just before 11 a.m. today, it was announced officially after a manual recount at the office of the Supervisor of elections, that incumbent Ted Forcht did not gain sufficient votes to maintain a seat on the Marco Island City Council. The recount was called because of the narrow margin of winning votes received by the other incumbent, Chuck Kiester. Since […]

The Sands of Time

Marco Island’s beach is the jewel of our community. With approximately 6 miles of beach from Hideaway Beach to Sand Dollar Island to the main (Tigertail Beach Park to Cape Marco) beach, it gives walkers, fishermen, shell collectors, sunset (and sunrise!) gazers, both residents and visitors, so much enjoyment.  The beach has experienced changes, as any barrier island’s shoreline, over […]

Want to save Money? Harness the Sun’s Energy

The amount of energy we receive from the sun is spectacular by any measurement. It’s hard to imagine, but the earth only receives one two-billionth of the sun’s total energy. In a year even this miniscule amount of solar energy represents about 10,000 times the world’s current energy use. Another way to look at it is the amount of energy […]

The Nerve-Wracking Rescue of Kidnapped Heiress Barbara Mackle – Part 2 of 3

Word got out that Robert Mackle’s daughter Barbara, age 20, had been kidnapped in the early morning hours of December 17, 1968. Everyone in Florida and throughout the nation who knew of the Mackles was shocked and paralyzed. Their concern and fear during the early Christmas season of 1968 paralleled the emotions felt 36 years earlier when the Lindbergh baby […]