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Relax, It’s Just the Doctor

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blv As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I’m used to interacting with doctors, but for many, that is not the case. Though some people may be (at least somewhat) apprehensive about a trip to the doctor’s office, other folks worry to the point of experiencing high blood pressure surges — a phenomenon referred to as “white coat syndrome.” In addition, if someone you know claims, “I don’t have time to go see the doctor,” there’s at least a chance this is their fear talking and not common sense. As children, many of ... Read More »

Airline Passenger Rights

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber What are your rights as a passenger if your flight is delayed or cancelled or your luggage lost? Since 2009, the US Department of Transportation has issued some laws that ensure certain rights for domestic airline passengers. When there still was a Continental Airlines, I remember that booking online and having an option to hold a booked flight for 24 hours without payment. Well, it turns out that is the law. If you book through an airline, you have the right to lock in a price for 24 hours without payment. You are entitled to ... Read More »

The Elusive Green Flash

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »

My Sisterhood of the Lycra Pants

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I feel that I’m in pretty deep. Not quite over my head, but once in a while, I am definitely treading water. From time to time I think about the fact that when my husband and I moved to this tropical vacation-land in Southwest Florida, I had a notion in my head that I’d be spending long hours at the beach with a flirty novel on my lap and an umbrella-clad beverage within reach. The reality of this mid-life transition looks remarkably different than the vision that was in my head, though. My ... Read More »

Questions and Answers

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I hope to debunk wives tales and re-inform the misinformed in the next couple of issues, about all that glitters. Falsehood #1: Can you melt all my small diamonds together and make a large one ? No, you cannot take a bunch of little diamonds and melt them together to make one large one. No. Why? Because you can’t. Diamonds are formed by individual carbon crystals that take millions of years of pressure and high temperatures to form. One can burn a diamond and ruin it’s appearance, but never melt one. It would be ... Read More »

Do You Overeat?: Part 3

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com In Part I, we looked at some simple tools we could use to help combat the impulse to overeat: being mindful, changing your triggers, making a list of situations you cannot control and formulating alternatives, and creating new habits. In Part II, we addressed additional helpful alternatives for combating the urge: Be cautious of your environment, remind yourself of how crappy you feel, disengage to reengage, and get mad instead of sad or happy — at the advertisers of course. In this article, we will add to those tips to give you more tools for ... Read More »

Naomi’s Identity Crisis

Marissa and her kittens. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: My little tortie heart is crushed and broken. There is not a photo to be found of me in our 2015 Glamour Puss Calendar — for the second year in a row, I might add. Did someone forget to tell me I’ve been placed in the Witness Protection Program? There is, of course, the remotest of possibilities (very remote I might add) that I’m wrong, so here’s the deal. Anyone who’s been to Disney World knows there’s a great game whereby visitors are challenged to find “hidden ... Read More »

Do You Overeat? – Part II

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com In part one, we looked at some simple tools we could use to help combat the impulse to overeat: being mindful, changing your triggers, making a list of situations you cannot control and formulating alternatives, and creating new habits. In this article, we will add to those tips to give you more tools for your arsenal. Be cautious of your environment: Case in point: the holiday party. You arrive with good intentions, linger longer than you should at the smorgasbord of delectable indulgences, and before you know it, you’ve had to loosen your belt before ... Read More »

Go Ahead and Act Like a Child

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Before we learn to speak, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life. As little children, we are completely authentic. Our actions are guided by instinct and emotions; we listen to the silent voice of our integrity.” — Don Miguel Ruiz   My husband and I have been blessed with four great children. They’re all grown now, self-sufficient and productive citizens. Hard-working and happy, and for this, I am thankful every single day. In turn, our children have blessed us with five grandchildren. All babies and toddlers. ... Read More »

The Wonderful Star

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net In the southeast tonight lies the constellation Cetus, the whale, as it is usually called, although it is really more of a sea monster in mythology. It’s in that area of the sky called the sea, which is a large group of constellations that have a watery theme. It’s not the brightest of constellations. In fact, it is rather dim, and it will take you a moment to locate it in the sky. Look first for Fomalhaut, the brightest star in that whole region of the sky — almost due south of you. ... Read More »

Websites for Travelers

When visiting the very popular Alhambra, we purchased our tickets ahead of time online. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber There is so much travel information on the internet that it can be overwhelming. For my annual review of websites, I am going to highlight those I find most helpful when planning a trip. First and foremost is Google. If I want general or specific information about a place, I Google it. Want to know the best time to visit? Google it by entering the location and “best time to visit.” By putting the name of a city and “weather” in the search field, the results reveal the present temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity and forecast ... Read More »

Viva Espana

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net By the time this story is published, I will be back home on Marco, as I’m writing about my experiences here and now. I’m in a sad-to-leave-but-happy-to-go emotional state of mind. What may seem to many of you like aimless wandering about the southern Iberian coastline actually panned out to a memorable and wonderful experience. The cities of the Costa de Sol dot the coast line like a beautiful set of pearls. We are currently in Almeria, Spain, which is considered the last but not least wonderful northern-most city on the Costa de Sol. ... Read More »

Do You Overeat? Part I

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com For many of us, this is a resounding yes! We eat the foods we know are bad but that taste so good. We tell ourselves not to, but we do it anyway. We allow ourselves a “cheat” meal and then feel lousy or guilty (or both) afterwards. We swear up and down that we won’t do it again — until we do. What we need to do is understand why we are tempted to overeat in the first place, and then formulate a plan of action — that’s right, action. You can’t just sit there ... Read More »

Judgement

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Throughout the course of each day of our lives, we are tasked to make decisions. Small ones like, “Am I hungry for breakfast?” “What should I eat for breakfast?” “Do I have time for breakfast?”, or did I make the decision to sleep an extra 15 minutes and now breakfast consists of a stick of chewing gum and coffee at my desk? As our day gets rolling, the decisions we make might gain significance. After all, we get to decide how we dress, who we hang out with, what we are going to ... Read More »

The Name is the Thing

Looking South, 11PM on October 3. Our club telescopes will be available for public viewing all day and into the early evening October 4th at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. SUBMITTED

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net How did the planets and stars get their names? For planets, the answer is easy. They were named after gods. Indeed, it was believed they were gods. Planets were named after different gods at different times in different civilizations, but the names we use today are those of Roman gods. The names follow a certain logic. Mercury was the messenger of the gods so he needed to move quickly as does his namesake planet. The planet Venus is quite beautiful and so was named after the goddess of love and beauty. Mars is ... Read More »

Staying in Touch

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When packing for travel, think about all the items that smartphones and tablets have replaced: alarm clocks, flashlights, cameras, daily journals, books, guide books, maps, newspapers, compasses, foreign language dictionaries, hard copies of information such as insurance cards and camera manuals. One of the most useful for me when traveling has been the replacement of land lines and the ability to communicate with others in a variety of ways. Telephone plans with companies such as Verizon and AT&T are good only for talk and data in the US. You can purchase an international plan with ... Read More »

All That Glitters Along the Costa del Sol

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m currently traveling in Europe and exploring in southern Spain to what is known to all as the Costa del Sol. My summer trip began with landing in the old city of Malaga. I have always loved traveling by the seat of my pants, so I rented a car with a GPS and then hit the road with no predestined hotel arrangements. Sure, it’s risky; it also keeps the trip interesting. It was my first time in Malaga, and that made for a frustrating day for even my “trusty” Spanish GPS. It was confused ... Read More »

Patient Feedback Matters

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Just as the title says, patient feedback matters — and we want to hear from you. I recently received this letter from a patient who had visited the Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. Though we need to hear all your feedback — the positive and the negative — it’s nice when a patient takes the time to say, “Job well done.” With the patient’s permission, I am sharing the letter today: Be it genetic or otherwise, my entire family is gastro-intestinally challenged. So, it was not that big of a surprise ... Read More »

Flat Out Gorgeous

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ARtful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Chances are that if you’re reading this in the paper, you live here year-round, or you are someone revolutionary enough to visit Florida in summer — when the really exotic stuff happens. Yes, it’s hot; it’s buggy; it rains alot. But, the number one complaint among Floridaphiles is that it’s so darn humid. Some days are like breathing through a wet army blanket, but it’s easily worth it to experience the extravagant theater of summer skies. Are you on Facebook? Facebook is flush with South Florida sky photographs, and not just sunrises and sunsets but ... Read More »

Cleaning Out the Closet

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all!”- lyrics from “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel   I love a clean house. Shining countertops and freshly scrubbed floors. Beds made up with crisply cleaned linens, and bathrooms that smell, well, not like a bathroom. But, it goes even deeper than that for me. I love an organized home. “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” When I need a screwdriver or scissors, I can go to ... Read More »