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Viva Espana

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]   “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 »

Naomi’s Summer Vacation

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape [email protected] Dear Fellow Felines: I feel the love. I know I was missed, that my absence was noticed. I even know that I missed my last deadline, but — for the first time in my life — I took a vacation! Imagine! Me, your most esteemed tortie and chief supervisor over here at For the Love of Cats, got into cars and boarded airplanes. I travelled as far south as Key West, an island where cats are revered, and as far north as Boston, where dogs rule. And yes, as one ... Read More »

Superfoods!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres [email protected] If you’re like most people, you probably have a routine when it comes to just about everything from what you eat for breakfast to what you do before you go to bed. This could be a good or bad thing depending on what goal you are trying to achieve. When it comes to your diet, there is nothing wrong with eating the same foods for a while in the short term, but in the long run, you definitely need to feed your body a plethora of vitamins and minerals — you know nutrients — in ... Read More »

The Dumbbell Nebula

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Starting with tonight’s chart, we are entering a period of several months where we have no bright planets available for viewing in the evening hours. This unfortunate situation will last through autumn and through much of the winter. We are just on the wrong side of the Solar System! Jupiter is available in the east from 5 AM onwards, and Venus pops up just before the Sun does. But, who wants to get up that early? Jupiter does make it into the late evening hours in mid-December, but it’s February before a well-placed ... Read More »

Apps for Your Travel Photos

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber It seems to be increasingly more popular for people to use their smartphones and tablets for taking travel photos. I’m not one of those people, but for my annual review of travel apps, I am going to focus on those that enhance the picture taking experience with mobile devices. I have been an Apple user for decades, so I am featuring iDevices and apps, although much of what I mention is also available for Android. Since I don’t take a lot of photos with my devices, I have not used all these apps. Before downloading ... Read More »

To Thine Own Self…

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] I recently overheard a conversation between two professional photographers. One emerging; the other well-seasoned — both artistic. The seasoned artist is fabulously known for a certain genre of photographs, with a few variants, and is quite successful. The emerging artist utilizes a wide-range of subjects. “I admire your dedication to your subject,” says our emerging artist. “Don’t worry,” says the seasoned artist, “you’ll find your niche.” “I hope not!” says the emerging artist. And I said, “Bravo!” I was witnessing, and admiring, a sense of adventure in the emerging artist that was too strong to ... Read More »

Karma

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer [email protected] “Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom …Our thoughts,our words, and deeds are threads of the net we throw around ourselves.” — Swami Vivekanada   Most of us have heard of karma. We consider it to be the result of an incident or series of incidents that happen by chance that create either positive feelings (“good” karma) or negative or cautious feelings (“bad” karma). I’ve had both lately and the effect was the difference between feeling consumed with joy and appreciation of life, and feeling fearful of the next step and what ... Read More »

How to Avoid Being Swindled – Part Deux

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan [email protected] This is sort of a part two of an article I wrote a year ago regarding the wonderful world of jewelry scams, as well as some hard knock personal experiences and advice on how to avoid getting bitten by one. Ah! The cruising vacation. It’s the excitement of being on the open seas — sun, fun, food and cocktails. Beware of venders hawking loose precious gemstones and gold chain-by-the-inch, especially if you have had a few. Sure the prices seem cheap because they are. The so-called gems you are purchasing are mostly rejects from ... Read More »

Are You Nutrient Deficient?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres [email protected] Do you struggle with losing weight? Do you exercise and feel that you eat “right” and yet the scale never seems to budge? Maybe you should inspect your diet a little bit closer… The truth is that we are an overfed and undernourished society. How can there be any truth to this oxymoron? Well, for starters, we are filling up on the wrong kinds of food. Forget about the food guide pyramid — don’t even get me started on that mess of a guide. Do you crave sugar? If yes, you could be deficient in ... Read More »

High Praise for NCH Physicians

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Today, I’d like to pay tribute — “give props” for you younger readers — to the 111-strong NCH Physician Group, which has become by far the biggest group practice in Collier County from Bonita to southeast Collier County and Marco Island, and continues to grow in multiple ways. Last year, 17 physicians joined Chief Administrative Officer Zach Bostock, ably helped by Administrative Director Pat Read, Administrative Assistant Lindsey Shanks and the team. With two months to go in our financial year, another 16 physicians have been added, and ... Read More »

Just Horsing Around

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Tonight, the eastern sky is dominated by the Great Square of Pegasus (the winged horse). The square forms the body of the horse while fainter stars form the neck and forelegs. The fairly bright, slightly orange star of Enif marks the muzzle. The asterism of the square is really quite easy to spot. If you don’t see it at first, think large; each side of the square is about 15 degrees on a side, so the entire asterism covers a big chunk of sky. An interesting test of the quality of your sky ... Read More »

It’s Just Another Summer Day

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan [email protected] Ah, the glamorous daily life of a goldsmith! It dawned on me after what should have been a slow month was in fact uncannily busy. A kind of nothing seems to get accomplished busy. The day usually begins around 9 AM, when I usually encounter a single person or small crowd milling around the front door when I arrive. I then have to politely apologize for the fact I can’t let anyone in until 9:30 AM for security and insurance protocol — 9:30 is when I actually open. Try convincing your bank to let ... Read More »