Off the Beaten Track in Eastern Europe & Transylvania


Three Eastern European countries that are not widely visited by Americans offer some of the most intriguing and historical medieval sights worth discovering. The countries – Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania – suffered decades of brutal Communist dictatorship following World War II, endured 400 or more years of Ottoman rule and oppression, and in the case of Serbia, a recent war. […]


ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your warmth asset but don’t overstep the bounds of propriety. Although you are sharp as a tack and have a strong work ethic be aware that pushiness could backfire in the week ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One bump in the road shouldn’t spoil the whole trip. In the week ahead cross currents and minor jealousies […]



‘Taken With You’ by Shannon Stacey


“She just needed to find a GQ guy in the land of L.L.Bean.” With all that’s going on in the world now, I needed a book that guaranteed me a happily ever after, so I grabbed one of the romance novels in my To Be Read pile and hopped on the treadmill. Forty minutes later, I knew I would give […]

Goren On Bridge

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North’s two no trump bid was very aggressive. Perhaps he felt that the hand would play well with his ace-queens sitting over the opening bidder. South was left with a challenging hand to play. South allowed East’s king of hearts and the jack of hearts continuation to both hold the trick. He won the third round of hearts with the […]

The Samurai Of Puzzles

Chili Cook Off Returns to CJ’s on the Bay

Hurricane Irma has passed. Now is the time for the Marco Island community to show our great appreciation to the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department’s work has been extraordinary and was non-stop from storm preparation to watching over our community throughout the storm and then, poststorm recovery. The Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off is […]

The SpeakEasy Celebrates Three Years in Business

One may say that Jimmy Boylan, Dan Collardey and Tim McCoy live the dream with their restaurant and bar right on the water in paradise. The three would meet every day for happy hour when the idea for a restaurant brewed up. This past weekend, The SpeakEasy in Marco Island celebrated its third year in business on Saturday, October 7, […]

Kingsman – The Golden Circle: A Not So Golden Sequel


Like Marvel and DC’s long run of comic book movies, the “Kingsman” is based on the comic book series of the same name started in 2012 by Mark Miller and Dave Gibbons. Two years later, “Kingsman – The Secret Service” was released in theaters where it was met with praise for its over the top action and humor; think James […]