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, […]


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