Tag Archives: book

‘Purity’ By Jonathan Franzen

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Don’t you like me?” she whispered. “Actually, I love you.” When I pick up a Jonathan Franzen novel, I have a certain expectation for a fluidity of writing and meandering narrative. I expect the author to use family and journeys, deep introspective thinking and humor. “Purity” is missing something of that thoughtful, heavy edge, but truthfully, ... Read More »

What Should Be in Your Boat’s Emergency Kit?

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Going out on the boat can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Besides having lifejackets for everyone, you should always have an emergency kit handy and available at a moment’s notice. First Aid Kit If a serious injury happens on the boat, you could be ... Read More »

On the Chocolate Trail With Rabbi Deborah Prinz

By Samantha Husted  Chocoholics united at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on March 4th for a presentation by author, Rabbi Deborah Prinz titled, “On The Chocolate Trail.” The presentation was part of the congregation’s Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, now in it’s 23rd year. “It’s an interesting subject. We look for interesting subjects for the [Saul I Stern Cultural] ... Read More »

Taking Her Case to Tallahassee Jane Watt Keeps Fighting for Kids

By Barry Gwinn Jane Watt, the founder and chair of Marco Island Academy (MIA), spends her days (and most nights) fighting – “Fighting for Kids,” as her recent book was entitled. Her book chronicles the battle to establish a local high school on the island. Against great odds, she succeeded in doing this, and MIA opened its doors in 2011. ... Read More »

‘How It Ends’ – Best friends can make the worst enemies

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com If you have a teenager, will have a teenager, are a teenager, have ever been a teenager, or know a teenager, then “How It Ends” by Catherine Lo is a completely relevant read for you. This novel tackles the tough coming-of-age themes while delivering insight on girl friendships, why they end, and how they overcome complex ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in March

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com March is typically a pivotal month where the weather begins to change from winter cold fronts and strong winds, trending to calmer and warmer water temperatures and warmer daytime air temperatures as spring approaches. The State of Florida is easily considered the Fishing Capital of the World, and our Ten Thousand Islands area here ... Read More »

Man-O-Manatee

Submitted That gentle, slow moving giant of the sea, the Florida manatee, is the subject of Master Naturalist Robert McConville’s next lecture at Rose History Auditorium. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday, March 22, and is open to the public. McConville will share the stage with Captain ... Read More »

Four Decades of Style: Kay’s on the Beach

By Jesus Calo  One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little Kay’s on the Beach fashion. The Marco Island woman’s boutique held its 41st fashion show at the scenic Hideaway Beach Club on February 9, 2017 with over 250 women attending. Even after four decades, this island fashion favorite event continues to host its style show. The colors were ... Read More »

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Tonight, for the first time in a long time, he hadn’t been the odd man out. Tonight he’d been part of a pair. Part of a something.”  If you’re in the mood for laughing, crying, and sighing, then Lauren Layne’s “Someone Like You” is the book for you. This is a contemporary romance novel following ... Read More »

ALERT: Chocolate Lovers

Submitted If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday evening, March 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM, for the second event of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. This fascinating event will appeal to all chocolate lovers. The presenter for the evening program is Rabbi Deborah Prinz, an expert on chocolate, who travels the world ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture: Age-related Macular Degeneration

Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) to host Jaclyn L. Kovach, M.D., who will review the clinical features, risk factors, and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). She will also discuss the AMD clinical trials conducted at BPEI Naples for which she is the principal investigator. The Health Plus Lecture will be held on Tuesday, ... Read More »

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

Art and Authors Make Their Mark on Marco

Submitted What’s new at The Local Color Art Gallery? This month a new member has joined the gallery. Children’s book author Shirley DeLong has co-authored (with her daughter Lauren) an adorable series of three books titled “No Sniveling.” Book one features Floppidy Loppidy, a super-sweet bunny plagued with extra-long ears that result in endless teasing and many silly and dramatic ... Read More »

Fine February Fishing for the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Well, we made it through the first month of the year and had just a few fronts and wind to deal with in January. Though February generally brings a cold front or two, we sometimes find that they are not as powerful as those that come in January, so hopefully we can all look ... Read More »

Randall Kenneth Jones Empowers Newcomers

By Maureen Chodaba Writer and self-described “professional storyteller” Randall Kenneth Jones recently wowed the audience at the January luncheon of the Newcomers Club of Marco Island. This dynamic speaker, renowned journalist and author of the newly released bestseller, “Show Me,” inspired the Newcomers with messages of empowerment and positivity from many famous women. The book includes interviews and words of ... Read More »

From the Playing Field to the Ministry

By Don Manley Anticipation filled the air as Chip Minton chatted with the youths who’d flocked, along with a passel of adults, to the Greater Marco Family YMCA gym. All eyes were fixed upon Minton as he prepared to demonstrate a rare skill. In his hands he held a thick phone book that he quickly proceeded to rip in half. ... Read More »

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Have you ever read a really interesting book on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving that is also a couple’s love story? I’ve just finished one, “Before I Forget,” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby, a 2016 publication. They tell us what frustrates them, why they get angry and where they find joy. It feels as though ... Read More »

Six Reasons To Go Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing is an activity that has been going on since man first met water. Fishing is a hobby for some people and a way to make a living for others. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to fish, or brushing up on your rusty fishing abilities, there’s never been a better time to ... Read More »

Collier County Embraces Kindness Awareness

By Jory Westberry Having a conversation with Bob Latruba, the supporter of One Million Acts of Kindness and The Kindness Bus is like looking into a gentle heart, filled with compassion and dedication to his cause: Stop Bullying – Be Kind. His mission, ever since the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, is to touch as many lives ... Read More »

Discovering Old Florida

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com The full title of this little gem is “Discovering Old Florida: A Guide to Vintage South and Central Florida.” It is 7 inches in width and 5 inches in height, which makes it very easy to handle, and “tuckable” in that it will slip into your glove compartment or your day bag very nicely. It would ... Read More »