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The American Dream is Alive and Well

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com In the artful world, there are a lot of talented people who refuse creative careers because they’re afraid they won’t reach The Top. “You’re either Elton John or some hack playing in a Holiday Inn,” a young, exmusician once told me (the “ex” is his description, not mine.) For him, to dedicate his life to music and not reach big stage SuperStardom was to set himself up for failure. In the same vein, many’s the painter who gave up their brushes because they realized were never going to be the hottest ticket on the New York ... Read More »

Happy Fit of July!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com It’s that time of year again: swimsuits, sand, and sun– sans snowbirds. We locals love having the beach all to ourselves! The question is, will you actually get out there and enjoy it? Some of us will and some will hibernate like it’s winter in Canada counting down the days until it blows us into the safer, more fully-clothed weather of the fall. Some will get out there and enjoy every sunrise, every foamy lick of the gulf while others will only admire it from a glance– out of the window. Why is that? For the ... Read More »

Glaciers – Visit them Soon

Further along the Aletsch; the black stripes along the surface are known as medial moraines, rick debris pushed along the sides of the streams of ice. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Although I love a tropical climate, many of our travels have taken us to places noted for their glaciers. These visits have always occurred in the warmer months, for I would never venture forth in winter to an area capable of producing glaciers. Even my glacier skiing experiences were in the northern hemisphere in August. Simplistically, a glacier forms when, over years, more snow accumulates in the winter than can melt in the summer. The mass of snow gradually turns into glacial ice. While new snow/ice is added to the top of the glacier, the bottom ... Read More »

Independence

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Independence is Happiness” – Susan B. Anthony On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted and thirteen colonies broke free from the governance of Great Britain. Those thirteen colonies would one day become part of the United States of America, and for the more than 200 years that have passed since it’s signing, we have fought every day to maintain the independence implied in that landmark document. John Hancock, in his support of this newly-sought freedom, concluded that Americans would have to rely on the “Being who controls both Causes and Events ... Read More »

Sir Richard…The Bridezilla Slayer II

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Folks have been walking in the shop and stopping me on the island laughing about my last article where I mentioned public enemy #1…The Bridezilla. They can sometimes be easily slayed with the reality of the actual price tag, yet woe and behold when that merely bounces off her armored scales, and then I am told money is no object; much to the surprise to the groom to be and future in-laws. There is no amount of money in the world they could pay me to subject myself to the insanity. As I mentioned in ... Read More »

A Fresh Look at Old vs. New

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As one who grew up in Southwest Florida, I have come to appreciate the balance between “something old and something new”—and not just when it’s part of a wedding celebration. Though I appreciate the economic benefits of our current surge in development, a part of me—the “native Neapolitan” part—will always enjoy eating at an established, family-owned restaurant or walking the familiar beach adjacent to Naples Pier. Some things never change, nor would I want them to. However, as is often said: change can be a good thing. At Physicians Regional, we have ... Read More »

Name the Exoplanet

Looking South about halfway to the zenith, 11:00PM July 10th. Don’t forget to look at Saturn if you have a small telescope. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight the Summer Milky Way is rising, almost looking like the beginning of dawn; just above it is the large, but fairly faint constellation of Ophiuchus. It is usually drawn as a man grasping a snake, and as one might expect the name in ancient Greek means “serpent-bearer.” Recently it has become famous (again) as the 13th zodiacal constellation for, as you can clearly see from the chart, the ecliptic runs through it. Every few decades the media treats it as a major discovery, but it’s been that way for all of human ... Read More »

Condos with Boat Docks and Fishing Piers

Boat docks with and without lifts.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Boating and fishing are popular pastimes on Marco Island. 90 of the 284 condos for sale this week on Marco Island feature boat docks and 50 feature fishing piers. Condo owners can choose between various types of boat dock arrangements like daily, weekly, monthly or annual rental plans or ownership of a deeded dock. 13 condos for sale this week come with a deeded dock – that is, the dock is part of the condo and conveys to the buyer upon the sale of the condo. Eight of these condos with deeded docks ... Read More »

Bridezillas…Chapter One

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net They say it’s all about the dress, and many a bridezilla have been revealed on more than one reality show. I have had the pleasure of experiencing more than I can count, firsthand in my jewelry stores over the decades, before it was even in fashion. For those of you who have no idea what a ‘bridezilla’ is- this is the best description I found on the internet: One incredibly ridiculously spoiled young female brat who thinks she is the center of the universe just because “Her Wedding” is eighteen months from now. She feels ... Read More »

Tulip Time in Holland

Tulip time in Holland. PHOTOS BY ART MANBURG

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber One of the best times to visit Holland is when the flowers, for which it is known, are in their full splendor, on display at Keukenhof Gardens, from mid-March through mid-May. Although people often use the terms “Holland” and “the Netherlands” interchangeably, Holland refers to only two of the twelve provinces that comprise the country of the Netherlands. North and South Holland are home to the Netherlands’ major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and other popular destinations such as Leiden, Delft, and Haarlem. Tulips are not native to Holland; they were imported from the Ottoman ... Read More »

What is an architect?

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ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA So you may be asking yourself; “What is an Architect?” “What do they do?”, “Do I need one for my project?” Let me start by providing some background on what an Architect is and the services they provide. Architects have been with us for a very long time. The role of the Architect traditionally has been to act as the creator or designer of ideas for all kinds of buildings, structures, dwellings, bridges and even entire cities and towns. In today’s modern world the Architect’s role has become much more diverse and encompasses a ... Read More »

Missing the Man

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My dad, who taught by example and remains with me in spirit. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.” Clarence B. Kelland   As Father’s Day approaches, I suppose it’s only natural that my thoughts float to memories of my dad more frequently than usual. He passed away nearly two years ago of complications from a neurological disease that was never definitively diagnosed. One day he fell in the kitchen of my parent’s home and throughout the 3 years that followed, his body cruelly failed him; one muscle, one nerve ending, one electrically-charged synapse at a ... Read More »

Naomi’s “Meow Power”

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s official! My triathlon team has a name – “Meow Power.” A big thanks to all of you who answered last month’s call for team name submissions. The winning name was submitted by Claire Baumler, one of my volunteers. What do you, dear readers, think of a minor team name modification, something along the lines of “Naomi’s Meow Power?” I think this is only fair since I am responsible for thinking this whole endeavor up in the first place. Moreover, I have to whip my team of three into ... Read More »

The Teapot and the Scorpion

Looking South, June 26 at 11:00 PM. Also be sure to check out  the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter if the clouds clear out early! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight the two brightest, or at least the easiest to find, constellations of the zodiac are riding high in the sky; Sagittarius the Archer or Centaur (actually it’s both) and Scorpius the Scorpion are easy to locate. Sagittarius has the famous teapot asterism that really jumps out of the jumble of stars that fill this region of the sky; and Scorpius is one of the very few constellations that actually look like the thing they are supposed to represent. The teapot asterism consists of eight stars, all roughly equally bright. This time of ... Read More »

Don’t Fish for What You Can’t Swallow

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com We’ve all done it. Maybe in a moment of insecurity, maybe just needing a little attention, but, at one time or another, we’ve all fished for compliments. Does this dress make me look fat? How’s your dinner (that I slaved over)? Do you like my haircut? Pretty harmless stuff, right? No one really expects a negative answer, what would be the point? You look beautiful. This is delicious. Yes, it’s very attractive. It’s just a matter of kindness – until it isn’t. I have a friend, an imaginative composer and true piano virtuoso, who publishes a ... Read More »

Fifty Years of Condos on Marco Island

One of Marco Island’s early condominiums, Wexford Place, built in 1965.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island’s condo construction started fifty years ago when Wexford Place opened at the corner of Bald Eagle and Tallwood. This was a time of space exploration, jet planes and the Beatles. Condos built back then were about 700 square feet, and featured one or two bedrooms with one bathroom. Condo interiors tended to be minimalist, true Mid-Century Modern with simple lines. Drab earthy tones and campy colors like avocado green, harvest gold and bronze tones dominated cabinets, refrigerators and shag carpet. All of these condos have been updated, and today 17 of ... Read More »

Be Authentic

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~ Brene Brown   Authenticity is one of those words that is easier to define through action than it is to describe with words. Babies are authentic. My dog is authentic. A tree is authentic. In fact, most living things are authentic. However, humans, as we grow older, have a tendency to lose our authenticity. We collapse under the pressures of life; we cave to the influence of others. All too often we ... Read More »

The Glorious Stars of Summer Rise

Looking east, 11:00 PM, June 12, sweeping this area with  binoculars is a rewarding experience. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Look eastwards about 11:00 PM and locate the three stars of the Summer Triangle – Vega, Altair and Deneb. These are quite bright stars, and if you can see any stars at all in the sky tonight, you will see these. The Summer Triangle is not a traditional asterism, but was popularized by Sir Patrick Moore a few decades ago. Vega and Altair are fairly close neighbors of the Sun, which is the primary reason they are so bright, being only 25 and 16 light years away, respectively. Deneb, on the other hand, ... Read More »

Reflections from the Artist of the Year

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com On May 23, I attended an annual luncheon held by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA). Besides fine food from Stonewall’s Kitchen, and grand camaraderie, MIFA used the occasion to present scholarships to four extraordinary students to further their arts education, and to acknowledge MIFA’s designated 2015 Artist of the Year – yours truly. From my heart, I thank the board members of MIFA for this kind recognition. I’m honored, and I was honored, and excited, to share the day with those bright and creative young stars…and with everyone that came to celebrate with ... Read More »

Are You Nautical or Knot?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah yes! Memorial Day has come and gone, and many islanders take to the sea. Finally, the Marco River does not resemble a one way tidal wave of vessels that have no clue as to who has the right-of-way or any knowledge of common boating courtesy, let alone know the difference between a red or green channel marker. Last month, while hanging out in the Ten Thousand Islands, I tried to politely warn a boat load of partying yahoos not to go any further past me into the mangroves. They thankfully gave me the bird, ... Read More »