City Staff Doesn’t Deserve This


Did you ever give any thought to all the people you meet along the way each day? You might just be in line at the grocery store, waiting for your table at a restaurant, going to a local sporting event, sitting on an airplane or just enjoying one of our spectacular Marco Island sunsets at the beach. The number really […]


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Nero Continues to Fiddle While Rome Burns

There is no doubt that our immigration system has been a complete failure. Currently, more than 11 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally. Neither party can escape the blame for this failure. Both Democrats and Republicans have benefitted from the broken system, by either seeking to enhance their electoral base, or reaping the benefits of cheap labor. […]

It’s Personal


In this column I want to focus on how to use the information I presented in my last column so you can start managing your stress right away. If you remember from last week’s column we defined stress as the combination of three things: (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells you about it, especially the threat, harm, […]

Forget the Trophy


When taking kids fishing, forget the trophy. Just put them on action. When we were youngsters, my grandfather would take my brother and I fishing all he could. Grampa loved to have us out on his boat. Sometimes he would take us out to the shallow reefs and we would drop cut squid or live shrimp down on small hook. […]

Black Panther: The First African Superhero Comes to the Big Screen!


The Black Panther is a Marvel Comics superhero created back in 1966 by famed comic creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. While not the first African character to appear in comic books, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creation went on to become the first ever African Superhero to appear in mainstream American comics. It’s been 52 years since making his […]

Good as Gold


Finally the demand for quality gold jewelry is back again and I’m rejoicing its return! No more jewelry made of wood, rocks, plastic, stainless steel, or titanium. So called “alternative metals” we in the industry were told, all disguised as nice jewelry. The thought of having it for sale in my jewelry shop irritated every fiber in this goldsmith’s anatomy. […]

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go (online) Shopping


“Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop.” ~ Time Magazine, 1966 Question: How have online shopping and e-commerce activity changed consumer’s habits? Answer: At one time shopping was only viewed as a necessity. Now shopping is not only a required task, it’s become an event and an experience. Where we shop has changed too. Before cars were commonplace, shopping occurred […]

Learning by Example


“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” ~ Marilyn vos Savant I recently acquired a new pet. I already have a dog. Mocha, a cock-a-poo, has been my best four-legged friend for nearly 13 years. She’s mellow and wise and excitable and gracious. According to the online “dog vs. human age calculator” her 13 […]

Ever Notice People Who LOVE Their Jobs? They Stand Out!


The Marco Island Historical Society Appraisal Faire on March 3rd at the newly redesigned Mackle Park Recreation Center was one of those events that brought out the best in almost everyone. The appraisers from the renowned PBS “Antiques Roadshow,” Wes Cowan, Nan Chisholm and Ken Farmer were enthusiastic, congenial and incredibly knowledgeable about antiques and some items that were brought […]

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