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When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Random House 2016 – 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust “When there’s no place for a scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.” – Paul Kalanithi At age 36, in the last year of his neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi discovered he had stage IV lung cancer. For the next 22 months, he and his wife Lucy, an internal medicine physician, awoke each day focused on living, not “living until…” “When Breath Becomes Air” was written largely because Dr. Kalanithi had the soul of a poet and turning to words to express any experience in life was as instinctive to him as breathing itself. His intent was ... Read More »

Cuba-Exploration and Appreciation

Central Cuba’s scenic countryside. PHOTOS BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer Visiting Cuba has been at the top of my husband’s bucket list for many years, and last month his dream became our reality. We were part of a Western Culture Tour. A group of 15 U.S. citizens with varied backgrounds and experiences, drawn together by a single thread of commonality: the desire to explore Cuba. For a country that is barely a hundred miles from the shores of Florida, Cuban culture swings wide from the instant gratification-focused, and option-heavy pocket of the world we live in. Cuban time ticks by in rhythmic Rumba beats ... Read More »

Marco Players Theater Presents Beauty & the Beasts

John McKerrow, Mary Anne McAvoy  McKerrow and Michael McAvoy will be performing in “Taste of Broadway – Beauty and the Beasts.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted On February 20, 2016, Marco Players Theater will present “Taste of Broadway – Beauty and the Beasts.” Performing some favorite Broadway show tunes that evening will be John McKerrow, Mary Anne McAvoy McKerrow and Michael McAvoy. Songs will include solos, duets and trios from shows such as, “Man of La Mancha,” “On the Town” and “Beauty and the Beast,” to name a few. John and Mary Anne have performed similar shows for the Players Club, the New York Athletic Club, and many other fine venues in New York and Naples. They are so excited to perform once again with ... Read More »

Marco Island Condos Under $250K

A Palm Paradise three bedroom, two-bathroom condo is listed for $219K.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Marco Island condos come in all sizes, locations and prices. For instance, this week there are 366 condos for sale, listed from $88,900 for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom inland condo at Marco Villa, to a five-bedroom, five-bathroom condo in Belize, listed for $7,245,000. Condos listed under $250,000 are popular on the island, are low in inventory and have sold at a rate of 10 per month during the last few months. Last year, 140 condos listed under $250,000 were sold, representing 24% of the 590 condos sold. This week there are only 37 condos ... Read More »

Marco’s Magnificent Estuaries

A green heron hides among the mangroves to surprise an unsuspecting fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Ah, the beauty of those small islands surrounding Marco! Everyone wants to visit them, to see what hides among the roots and branches. Whether you get out by boat, kayak, an ecotour or paddleboard, they are a treasure to behold. The wide array of animals and plants in this area requires some very special adaptations from nature. The Gulf of Mexico lines our western border while fresh water flows from the inland regions to form a very magical combination. This is called an “estuary.” There are quite a few bays and lagoons in our area ... Read More »

Everglades Ultras Race

Submitted The fifth annual Everglades Ultras off-road running race has been set for Saturday, February 20 in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Registration is now open for the event’s three distinct races of 25 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 50 miles. The 50 mile and 50 kilometer races are the USA Track and Field – Florida Association state championships. This unique run through the Everglades has been cited by Trail Runner magazine as a “must do” race. “This is unique race venue,” says Race Director Bob Becker. “Runners will experience all the varied environments in the Fakahatchee Preserve running on raised ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The community is invited to the traditional Blessing of the Fleet at the Marco Island Yacht Club on February 20. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Blessing of the Fleet, sponsored by Marco Island Yacht Club, is set for Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 11 AM–2 PM. Boats of all types and vessels of varied proportions are invited to attend the time-honored tradition. The Marco Island Yacht Club Bridge will be in formation as the boats pass in review, after Chaplain Richard Blauw has blessed the fleet. Spectators are welcome to come watch the ceremony and stay for a great lunch, while enjoying the sounds of the Marco Strummers. According to Commodore Harris, “As in previous years, the boats will be grouped ... Read More »

The Kellys Open Rookery’s Amazing Adventures Series

Carl Kelly addresses a group at Rookery Bay, on the screen behind him is a photo of him and his wife Joan on safari.

By Samantha Husted Once a month, from January to March, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve holds their Amazing Adventures Lecture Series. The program is narrated by local naturalists, researchers and explorers. These audiovisual presentations provide participants with destination ideas, histories, as well as travel insights and tips. Carl Kelly, local naturalist, as well as Rookery Bay volunteer, kicked off the series earlier this month with a presentation on his experience on a South African safari. Carl, along with his wife Joan, being the adventurous duo that they are, decided to go on the five-day safari because of ... Read More »

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing comes to Ft. Myers March 12-13. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Back by popular demand, the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) will offer its Gulf Coast educational event to the Ft. Myers area March 12-13, 2016 at the Matlacha Community Center. Last year, sixty women and families traveled from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and the chance to meet other anglers. Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, educational events on Saturday from 12:30–4:30 PM feature speakers on conservation, inshore/backcountry and kayak fishing, equipment usage and more, followed by a hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, ... Read More »

Discover Tigertail

Submitted There is only one place you need to be Saturday morning February 20th- and that place is Tigertail Beach. From 9 AM to noon, the Friends of Tigertail Beach will present their sixth Discover Tigertail event, which is free to all. Whether you go to Tigertail Beach frequently, or have never visited, you will be surprised at the information you will learn while having a fun morning. Specialists from Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Shell Club, and others will be present. Interactive information stations will be set up at the park and around ... Read More »

Identity Theft: You Could Be Next

Detective Sergeant Brian Sawyer presented first, using his law enforcement experience to provide insights into the criminals who engage in identity fraud.

By Samantha Husted On February 5th, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their general membership meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. The guest speakers that day were Detective Sergeant Brian Sawyer of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Carrie Kerskie, director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University. Both Sawyer and Kerskie shared their expertise on how to avoid falling victim to not only identity theft, but business identity theft as well, an issue that is often overlooked. Surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly depending on how you look at it, Naples comes in fifth nationwide for ... Read More »

Minto: Best in American Living

Entry to The Isles of Collier Preserve: More than half of The Isles’ lands are dedicated to natural habitat and preserve areas.

Submitted The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, by Minto Communities, received a prestigious Silver Award at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) for “Best Mixed Community.” Minto is one of only three recipients to be recognized in this category in the entire country. Winners were announced on January 20 at the 2016 International Builder Show in Las Vegas. The Best in American Living Awards is the nation’s premier award program, continually redefining design excellence for the entire residential building industry. It spotlights the most creative and innovative builders, remodelers, architects, residential and building designers, developers, land planners and ... Read More »

Local Spotlight Cars, Celtic Spirit and Canvases

The group spent a relaxing evening painting a beach shore and a palm tree. Other painting options can be found at

By Samantha Husted The Spirited Painter is Marco Island’s one and only guided paint studio that allows guests to bring their own wine, beer, soda, water and munchies. The studio follows the philosophy that painting is just a little more fun, and definitely less stressful, when it’s accompanied by a glass of wine. Each night a local artist leads participants on a journey of creativity and fun as they make their very own masterpieces. “We wanted to bring something different and fun to the Island,” said co-owner Cathy Gorman. “Our local talented artists provide step-by-step instruction, while we provide ... Read More »

Singer Rose Kraemer, Rotary’s Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for fourth quarter 2015 to Rose Kraemer (aka, Rosetta Stone). Rose is recognized for her service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self,” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Rose has devoted significant hours of service in support of Meals of Hope. As a professional entertainer, Rose and her husband Tom donated countless hours providing free musical entertainment at Marco’s Meals of Hope After Five events. Islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed Rose’s vocals at venues throughout Southwest Florida for years. Those attending Happy Hours ... Read More »

The January Effect

B22 CBN 2-19-16

ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” – Sir Francis Bacon Question: Is it true that how the stock market behaves in January indicates what it does for the rest of the year? Answer: “As January goes, so goes the year,” was conceived in 1972 by Yale Hirsch, the creator of The Stock Trader’s Almanac. The January Effect simply means that January’s market performance, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, is an indication of how the market will do for the year. Back-testing to 1937, ... Read More »

Transfer the Energy

Photo 2: The Orange Whip Trainer, a great tool to develop proper energy loading on the backswing, and transfer of energy to the club head on the downswing.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott Athletic ability sets the ceiling for a golfer’s potential. That ceiling can be changed through physical training. However, to get to that ceiling, or potential, a golfer must increase the skills required to play. There is nothing natural about being a good player. Good players work on their athletic ability, and their skills, and “talent,” is all earned. Beyond physical training, golfers need to work on skills, such as, how to hit the ground with the club head (and not any specific physical motion). As players develop skills through practice and playing golf, they become ... Read More »

Get a Grip

PicklePro Paddles Production Manager Kane Pree demonstrates proper eastern forehand grip and form for pickleball serves. PHOTOS BY JODI PREE

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark As the sport of pickleball grows and becomes more popular, I am seeing an unprecedented number of new players wanting to learn how to play the game. As in all sports, it is important to learn proper fundamentals from the beginning, so we do not have to reprogram and correct old, bad habits! In future columns I will cover many different aspects of strokes and strategies in both tennis and pickleball. In this column I will explain the similarities and differences of serve in both tennis and pickleball. In the sport of tennis, holding serve and ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares


By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. There were games, prizes, music, food, and laughter. The day was filled with the spirit of fun. It was Community Day in 1965 in the small upstate New York town where I was raised. It was a day when all ages came together to celebrate life. The energy and enthusiasm filled my soul, but then I awoke from that wonderful dream. I wasn’t really sleeping. It was 1995 and I was awakening from general anesthesia after surgery. I was a world away from that joyous day in 1965, but somehow, that wonderful memory ... Read More »

Gala Fundraiser to End Cancer

From left: Dick and Debra Shanahan, co-chairs  ACS Imagination Ball, with Bill and Karen Young, this year’s recipients of the Grado Award. PHOTO BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Every year the local office of the American Cancer Society holds a gala, one of its main fundraisers supporting the non-profit organization’s ultimate goal: to end cancer. This year’s gala, the Imagination Ball, takes place Saturday, March 5, 2016. The elegant affair will be held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa, and already it promises to top last year’s award-winning gala. The event theme, “Wash Away Cancer,” seems perfectly suited to the beach setting. This beach event, however, is black-tie optional, and expect to see many evening gowns and tuxedos. This year’s ... Read More »

A “Snap Shot” Glimpse of Marco

MICTV 2: Skip Merriam, who conducts the interviews for Marco Island
Community Television. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley Marco Island Community Television has expanded its lineup with the addition of “Snap Shot.” The internet-based TV station’s newest offering is an interview program that examines local topics and issues that are of particular importance to residents, visitors and potential new residents, such as recreation, real estate and development, historical points of interest and the environment. “We’re trying to take little moments, ideas and particular subject matters, and take that, condense it and present it to people so they can get an idea of what’s available in the Marco Island area,” said Skip Merriam. Merriam is MICTV’s ... Read More »