A Special Time of Year


The homes and stores are looking so festive and cheerful as decorations adorn them, and people are baking and shopping and preparing for a special time of year. It’s a wonderful time to think of others and share friendship and kindness, and it seems like people are doing just that, especially after such a tumultuous few months. “It’s a most […]


Per-spic-u-ous Adjective: (Latin: perspicere, to see through) clear in a statement or expression; easily understood. Pro-trep-tic Adjective: intended as instructional. Noun: a book, speech, essay, etc., that is protreptic. e-phem-e-ral Adjective: short-lived, transitory. Noun: an ephemeral thing; with a plural verb; ephemeral things collectively. sta-sis Noun: a state of equilibrium, balance, or stagnancy; a stoppage of the flow of some […]

Taking a Positive Focus on the Future


2017 will be looked back upon as a year that leaves us scratching our heads, giving thanks for dodging a bullet and leaving some wondering what could have been if we had done some things differently. Some were left to wonder why we couldn’t attract a better group of candidates for the open position of city manager. We paid thousands […]

Statute of Limitations can be a Statute of Liberty for Defendant


There is an old saying that “Time and tide wait for no man.” Although the phrase pre-dates political correctness and probably is meant to apply to women too, it means no one is so powerful they can stop the march of time. In a legal context, the march of time is also powerful as it can bar claims under what […]

I Believe


“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl On a dark and frigid winter night, my dad slipped out the back door of our family home. The temperature hovered near freezing, but the air was damp with small flakes of light snow. Not enough of the white stuff to push piles against the curb, but […]

Our Local Gem – a Brilliant Example of Excellence


You have no doubt read about the local, regional and national recognition the Marco Island Historical Museum has received, the completion of an exciting new modern days exhibit, the book, “Marco Island,” written by MIHS Curator Austin Bell that is selling like hotcakes, the scintillating gift shop full of treasures and the upcoming special events each month, right? I’m seeing […]

Driving Directions


As players in the sport of pickleball, we hopefully have understood, from the very beginning of our introduction to the game, that the fundamental basic strategy during a point is to try to keep our serve and our return of serve deep into our opponents’ side of the court. I refer to this direction from baseline to baseline, as north […]

When Did it Become BLING? Part III


Those of you who are still with me and actually endured and survived my last two columns, hang in there, for we are about to tiptoe through the remaining hundred years or so of the good, bad and ugly world of bling. I left off with the emergence of the art nouveau era in the late 1800s. This was a […]

Lightning & Your Boat


Weather is always an important factor in how enjoyable your day will be on the water. Being aware of the weather forecast, in the area you will travel, is critical to the success of your boating activity. Here in Southwest Florida, we know a storm can form quickly and change a beautiful sunny afternoon into a boater’s worst nightmare. A […]

Guide to Florida Fishing


If you are an angler and enjoy fishing throughout the year, no matter what season it is, then Florida is the ideal spot for you. Florida fishing season is practically any time of the year and anglers are able to catch all different kinds of fish all yearround. Where Can I Fish? Florida’s coastlines are home to abundant and ideal […]

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