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Danube Cruise: Reflections

Castle Baba Vida bears the name of the 10th  century princess who built it. PHOTOS  BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly This is our 50th anniversary cruise. The river? Danube. Where else do you go to celebrate 50 years? Our ship: The River Aria. We cruise east. Romania on the right, Bulgaria left, ahead the cities of Ruse (ROO-ze) and Vidin (vee-DEEN). The Danube here is quiet but not lazy, beautiful but not romantic. Not yet. Tomorrow maybe. Today it is farmland, farm people, small cities, city people and castles. Ah, we love castles. Love to prowl around and through them. Imagine them on feast days, stuffed with people, the people stuffed with food, swimming in ... Read More »

Avoid Charity Scams


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” ~ Sophocles, Greek playwright born in 495 B.C. Question: How do I distinguish reputable charitable organizations from others that may be scams? Answer: It’s interesting that you ask this question now because I just received several calls requesting donations for the victims of the South Carolina floods and was leery of making donations to unknown entities. We know that as year-end approaches, the push will certainly be on for donations to numerous organizations. Weeding out the worthy ones from the unworthy can be tricky. For instance, in ... Read More »

Jewelry Common Sense…Watches


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan With any profession there are words or jargon (call it what you like) that pertain to only that particular business. The word “shop talk” comes to mind. Sometimes I catch myself using jewelry terminology in front of a customer, and at once realize he or she has no clue what I am taking about. Sort of like me understanding the daily goings on the subject of physics or nuclear fusion. Over the years I have tried to educate or give advice on certain aspects of the business, whether it is on the subject of jewelry ... Read More »

Modern Marco Exhibit Opens


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Modern Marco Exhibit has opened at the Marco Island Museum. It is so much fun to look at everything, recall the past and enjoy the many things we recognize because we were already here. They did a great job, and the staff is so excited to see people coming to enjoy the progress. The next display is a year away, and is called “Pioneer Days on Marco Island.” Visiting the museum is one of those great things to do when you have company, or it rains, or it is too hot (or too cold in the ... Read More »

A Simple Recipe to Make You Fall in Love With Spanish Mackerel


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps November fishing in the 10,000 Islands is great for catching Spanish mackerel, and here is a simple recipe that can make you fall in love with this fish for the first time, or all over again. Many people are turned off by the mention of Spanish mackerel, however, if cleaned and treated correctly at the fillet station, you will be left with some awesome fillets that will impress. Simple and delicate, but able to be paired with so many sides, it’s a perfect way to embrace the flavor of the fish while also making ... Read More »

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES By Nikkie Sardelli October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In just this year alone, approximately 231,840 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and of that number, a saddening 40,290 will lose the battle. This is 40,290 too many. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Additionally, there will be about 2,350 men diagnosed, with about 440 of them losing their battle. The American Cancer Society is involved through their annual nationwide Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Wake Up Marco is Marco Island’s premier coffee café that boasts freshness and quality drinks. Locally owned and family run, the coffee shop has been operating for about 10 months. Wake Up Marco offers organic, handcrafted coffee, tea and bakery items. For those serious coffee lovers out there, Wake Up Marco also sells wholesale coffee beans from areas across the world. They have beans available from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Asia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Owner and 12-year Marco Island resident, Oscar Galvez, believes that he has the best coffee in all of Southwest Florida. The quality of his ... Read More »

Mind, Because it Matters

A meditative moment during beach yoga.

Laurie Kasperbauer “Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be it’s master and not it’s slave.” ~ Remez Sasson   On most days, when I wake up in the morning, my mind begins working before I open my eyes. In fact, I might go so far as to say that it’s my mind, as it hums into consciousness, that generally wakes me up. Sometimes I’m startled awake by the thought that I somehow slept in too late. Other mornings, my thoughts start streaming in like a very efficient assistant, “It’s Tuesday… meeting at 8:30…show property at 1:00…yoga at 5:30…dinner ... Read More »

Are Today’s Players Training Properly?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Gluten-free and vegan diets, insane workouts in the fitness center and yet, we had over 12 disqualifications, primarily due to heat issues, at this year’s U.S. Open? Something just doesn’t add up. Midwestern tennis star Jack Sock, now the number 2 ranked American, was dominating in the first two sets before leg cramps sidelined him. As he lay on the court in excruciating pain, the medical staff advised him to leave the court using a wheelchair! Unfortunately for me, I can relate to Jack Sock’s cramping problems. About 25 Florida summers ago while competing on ... Read More »

What can we learn from the Tour Professionals?


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott The start of a lesson I always begin with getting to know the student, their golf game and any goals or task they want to accomplish. The main question I ask is simply, “What brings you here today?” I get a lot of responses, ranging from “I want to lower my handicap by 3 shots before the end of the year,” “I want to be able to play with others and not get embarrassed,” or “I want to swing like my favorite player that I see on TV, they make it look so easy.” The ... Read More »

Artful Aging

Artists rocking it at Naples Senior Center. PHOTO BY TARA O’NEILL

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill Sometimes good fortune finds us despite our best efforts to look the other way. When Janice Paine of the United Arts Council contacted me about teaching a month-long drawing class at a senior center in Naples, I am embarrassed to admit how quick I was to back off. Thank goodness she was persistent. First of all, it was in far-away Naples, you know, over the bridge. All the way over the bridge. Islanders understand. Second, summer is my prime paint season, and while teaching has its own rewards, I do not like to take away from ... Read More »

A Stormy Recipe: How to Make a Hurricane

This photo of Hurricane Andrew was taken on August 23, 1992, one day before it  impacted the Florida coast to become one of South Florida’s most devastating storms in history. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist My wife Cathy and I love to cook. We are always conjuring up new ideas for old recipes. Sometimes we find that adding just one new ingredient can make a pleasant difference, but, more often than not, it seems that the original plan is the best. Mother Nature has a recipe or two that she shares with us now and then, but she seems very consistent with her cookbook. Some concoctions are seasonal, while others can be experienced year round. Right now we are in the peak season for one of her more hearty dishes…the ... Read More »

Should You Eat or Drink Your Greens?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres You see the plethora of multi-colored bottles lining the refrigerated shelves at grocery stores. The beneficial claims scream out at you: “High Vitamin C!” or “Two full servings of fruit and vegetables per bottle!” You see veggie juices splashed across magazine ads and sprinkled in between your television shows touting health, cleansing, energy, and yes– deliciousness! So the question is, should you start drinking them? Some people drink one or more a day as their way of making up for not having the time, motivation, or energy to prepare and eat the actual fruits and vegetables. ... Read More »

Who Will Miss Me When I’m Gone?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan On an early Monday morning (was it last week?) I was verbally accosted by an obviously upset senior citizen. (You’ll notice I refrained from saying an “irritable old coot” which I found out a couple of years ago is politically incorrect and lit up my e-mails for weeks on end, even though the person was a blatant card carrying I.O.C. and not to be confused with a kind, understanding sixty-one year old kid and loyal AARP member such as yours truly!) When I finally calmed him down, I asked what exactly his problem was. “That ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Robert Atkins, Family Medicine


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and of equal importance, as a native of Collier County, I undeniably admire those who find strength and purpose in their commitment to a community. Yes, it’s nice when that community is my hometown of Naples, but no community can thrive without those who have made a conscious decision to make their home a better place to live. Those who place a special emphasis on the concepts of compassionate care and public service. Family Medicine’s Dr. Robert Atkins recently came to the – albeit, ... Read More »

Lely Playing Up for Preseason Game at Island Coast


By Roger LaLonde Two seasons ago, Culmer St. Jean began the ascension of the Lely football program. He was rewarded with being named All-Area Football Coach of the Year. A year later, he took his charges to its first district title in 17 years and won a playoff game. Maybe he should have been rewarded with the coaching honor again. However, St. Jean is swift to disregard personal honors, saying it is a combined effort of players and the coaching staff. With only 10 returnees this year, St. Jean is focusing on improvement every day, every game. “We need to ... Read More »

Marco Marriott Reopens While Work Continues

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa  reopened on August 1. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley It’s a case of one down and one to go for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. The resort has reopened, with the July 31 completion of the bulk of Phase One of a $250 million expansion and improvement project that began May 4. When work is completed at the end of next year, the resort will be ready for its transformation, in January 2017, from a Marriott to the more upscale J.W. Marriott brand, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States. The August 1 reopening was called for ... Read More »

Not so secret of success


ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill Several years ago my husband and I were visiting the outer banks of North Carolina. In the lovely town of Duck we found a gift shop that specialized in quaint, erudite, and whimsical hand painted signs on driftwood. It was a bottomless well of humor and pithy insights in all sizes. As charming as it was, my first thought was: How the heck do these people make money? Then a certain sign caught my eye, and although I didn’t buy it (how do these people make money?) it stayed with me, like a tune one can’t ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: An Apology from Councilor Batte


An Apology from Councilor Batte I want to take this opportunity to reach out to my fellow citizens on Marco Island, and to my fellow city Councilmen, to apologize for my words and tones surrounding a rental property across the canal from our home. I have re read the emails that I sent, and it is embarrassing to know that I allowed my emotions to do the talking. I ask your forgiveness. My actions in calling the Police are the actions any citizen should take, and I will continue to take such action, when I believe an ordinance has been ... Read More »

Believe to See


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer I am a visual person. I’m pretty sure I’ve always been a little deficient in the category of imagination. I have to see evidence in order to confirm that something exists. I have never seen a ghost, Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Monster, therefore I am skeptical of their existence. Growing up as a child in the 60’s and 70’s, imagination was a pretty important element in day to day play. Toys in that era were fairly simple and involved creativity to fully enjoy. For instance, I had several dolls growing up, but they ... Read More »