Ruminations from the Rock and Beyond

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good – Not Necessarily in That Order

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s start with the Bad. The 30-foot Brazilian Pepper (BP) tree invasion is killing our native mangroves on Isles of Capri by crowding them from the sunlight they need to survive. Native to South America, they were introduced as an ornamental tree, but Avast, me hearties, they’ve changed the landscape and threaten […]

Artist Diane Reed Eiler Creates in Many Mediums But There’s Nothing “Medium” About Her Work

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Long time Isles of Capri resident Diane Reed Eiler has established her reputation for vibrant watercolors, stunning acrylics and beautifully created oil paintings. Recently, at the beautiful home of JR Rognrud, a showing of Eiler’s work was displayed in a gallery setting overlooking wide expanses of blue Gulf water from the second […]

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s […]

Strange Goings On… And It’s Not Even Halloween!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I love the exquisite blooms, flowering trees and swaying palms of Southwest Florida and, even though it takes a lot of work, it’s totally worth the effort to sustain beauty in my own yard. When I walk the dog, ride my bike or drive around the Isles of Capri or Marco Island, […]

The Thrilling 2017 Isles of Capri Yard Sale – Treasures for All!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry It’s hard to believe that the first all-island yard sale was 30 years ago and they get bigger and better each year. 2017 was no exception judging by the numbers of golf carts, bicycles and cars that cruised the isles on January 28th looking for that “one in a million” find.” Each […]

There’s Nothing Like the Joy in Helping a Child, Agreed?

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry When is the last time you noticed the shoes that a child was wearing? Or the way he or she walked? Or whether the shoes were appropriate for the activity? Often, we’re too busy, distracted and we have minimal eye contact, but nothing else; we really don’t look at the whole child […]

Recycling, Not to be Confused with Bicycling

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s admit that we all have pet peeves; some of mine are irksome and some bring out downright ire. Take, for example, on one of my trips to the mainland on a recycling day, I noted that about 90% of the residents have their recycling carts out. That’s not an official number, […]

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. […]

Make it Count in SO MANY WAYS

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…” Take a moment to ponder which American president made this statement and, true to his beliefs, followed through. He not only served his country, he was ethical, looked for the positive in people and situations and sought ways to […]

Another Great Place to Dine on Isles of Capri? You Bet!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Thirty-five years ago, Grandpa Mikey Cooper moved his family “lock, stock and barrel” from the Tennessee hills to tropical Isles of Capri. Extended family from Oklahoma pitched in to help rehab “Poor Paul’s Fish Camp,” formerly an original 50s bait, tackle and grocery store, to create the remodeled Pelican Bend restaurant. There […]


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