Lifestyle

A Hometown Visit

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m from a small town in west central Iowa. My husband and I both grew up there. We were born in the same hospital where our four children were also born. For 50 years, Carroll was our home. We grew a business there. We established friendships in grade school that have lasted through ... Read More »

That’s The Way It Is

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I hope everyone had a great holiday season. For me personally it was the best jewelry gift-giving Christmas season in ten years. The demand for really nice jewelry started on Black Friday and continued until I closed my doors to the shop at 4 PM Christmas Eve, which by the way was the exact moment ... Read More »

1960s Condos Add Variety to Market

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 397 condos on the market a week ago just 12 of them were condos built in the late 1960s. They range in price from $129,000 for an inland, two-bedroom one-bathroom condo at Marco Manor, to $429,000 for a two-bedroom two-bathroom condo at Sunset House on the beach. Most of these condos ... Read More »

A Cruise in France on the Seine River

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A river cruise on the Seine in France offers the unique opportunity to explore and discover places of extraordinary history and scenic beauty. I had this opportunity following a similar journey on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Paris to Normandy, as described in a prior issue of the Coastal Breeze News. Our ten-day Seine trip from ... Read More »

A Journey Through France on its Rivers

Global Traveler Dave Pattison River trips are a relaxing and scenic way to experience the joy of travel, and I discovered this on a recent three-week journey through France from Province to Normandy, via Paris. On a two-segment trip sponsored by Vantage Deluxe Travel, I traveled first on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Avignon to Chalon and then, after a ... Read More »

1980s Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 392 condos for sale last week, 162 of them, or 41%, were built in the 1980s. Not surprising when you consider that the 1980s saw the biggest number of condo building completions of any decade during Marco Island’s development. For comparison, of the condos for sale, 11 condos were built in ... Read More »

“The Best Gifts”

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com As a child, I remember the days of December being the slowest of the entire year. With so much anticipation for Santa and the packages he would bring, I’d go to bed early just to get to the next day faster. From the perspective of an adult, I now find the days before ... Read More »

It’s a Guy Thing… The Xmas Boat is Leaving the Dock

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net This column dedicated is to my gentlemen clientele from all over the world. * This column could be considered offensive to many of those of the kinder and gentler gender. First of all, salutations; A very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year celebration to all of you. (I’m not a happy holidays ... Read More »

CONDO REPORT: Studio Condos

Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 389 condos for sale on Marco Island last week only 11 of them were studio condos. Studios, sometimes known as efficiencies, have one bathroom, a small kitchen and no separate bedroom. Murphy beds, wall beds and sleep sofas are part of studio living. Studios were popular options in the early history of ... Read More »

Right Way vs. Wrong Way

The words jury-rigged, Mickey Moused or “Good enough for government work,” come to mind; these terms can be a way to describe a temporary or makeshift repair remedy. Not the jargon you want to hear when a jeweler is describing how he or she is going to perform the repair of your fine jewelry. At a young age I learned ... Read More »

MIND, BODY And Spirit: The Heart of the Matter

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I have found that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” ~ Author Unknown We have reached that time of year when I feel as though I’m at the top of a roller coaster, the very highest peak, after a long, steady climb. As I peer over ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Shock and Awe-mour 

Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net So what is it? All can tell you is I am not the sole perpetrator of this emotional phenomenon. I have a great deal to do with the final result, which by the way is a joyful, positive, and most often, a romantic experience. The catalyst of creating this phenomenon is fine jewelry. Who knows? A pre-historic ... Read More »

Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak Comes Home

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System We have all heard the story about those who come to Southwest Florida for a vacation and essentially never leave. For Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak, this all-too-familiar story has a slightly different twist. Dr. Hanypsiak lived and worked in Naples for several years. As director of ... Read More »

One and Two Bedroom Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Of the 371 condos for sale last week, 236 or 64% of them were one or two bedroom condos. These are the most popular condos for sale on Marco. According to the Marco Island MLS there are 48 one bedroom condos for sale and 188 two bedroom condos for sale. The one bedroom condos range ... Read More »

Small, Medium, Large and Jumbo Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Last week 364 condos were for sale on Marco Island. The lowest priced condo on the market is an inland efficiency at Southwinds, listed for $110,500. The highest priced condo is listed at $9.9 million for 13,528 square feet of luxury at Cape Marco. One way to look at the market is the size of ... Read More »

The Holidays Are Here, Already?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nuts. Last August I was searching for pool supplies at Walter Marte’s (Walmart) only to find Christmas decorations where pool stuff used to be, in August?! I used to be perturbed when stores start putting that stuff out before Halloween, now the summer is common practice. Funny thing though, years ago (more like decades ago) ... Read More »

A Day of Gratitude

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy There’s something about water that draws us in. The vista of a lake; the intimacy of a pond. Even a puddle can entice the temptation to connect ... Read More »

The EYES Have It

To Your Health Scott Lowe  As a culture, we seem almost obsessed about eyes. Just look at the various sayings and idioms we have associated with eyesight. People often claim to go through life with their eyes wide open—or sometimes shut tight. Many of us can’t take our eyes off of someone or something. Nevertheless some seek out a bird’s ... Read More »

The Good, Bad, and the Downright Ugly

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Life can be a comedy and even more hilarious if you work with the public. Oh! Yes, I was found in the dark then cut, faceted and polished by the public and the final product took over fifty years to complete, and here I sit. (Sitting I find is now more comfortable than standing.) ... Read More »