Tag Archives: heart

Caliphate Falls…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The so-called Caliphate, ISIS, Islamic State or DAESH has fallen. Iraqi troops, supported by U.S. advisors have finally captured the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque at the heart of Mosul. Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi has declared the end of this self-styled caliphate’s end. The 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri mosque is in ruins, its ... Read More »

A Karaoke Christmas in July

By Maureen Chodaba Ho! Ho! Ho! Who says Marco Island is quiet in the summer months? Certainly not anyone who was at the recent Christmas in July Karaoke fundraiser at The SpeakEasy! Organized by Keller Williams, the event was rocking with karaoke tunes sung by many Marco Island residents and visitors. Funds raised will be donated to Christmas Island Style, ... Read More »

Hearts to Heart for Cash

By Maureen Chodaba A cloud rained its blessing over the grounds of La Tavola Restaurant early in the afternoon of July 9, but it left the premises just in time for an outpouring of love showered from the hearts of more than 350 people gathered together for Cash. Cash Macchiarolo, that is; our very own heart warrior and hero! Cash ... Read More »

‘The Ones We Trust’ by Kimberly Belle

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Because words can be just as deadly as warfare.” “The Ones We Trust” is the first novel I’ve read by Kimberly Belle, but it won’t be the last. I’m really glad someone recommended this book to me, and I thank all the readers who’ve reached out to me through my website with book recommendations. I’m really ... Read More »

Wyoming in Summer – What’s All That White Stuff?

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry The funny thing about “summer” is the perception that it’s the same all over the country. Hot and humid in Southwest Florida? Must be hot and humid around the U.S. Not so fast, partner! It’s July in Wyoming and there is still plenty of white stuff around – snow, that is, the ... Read More »

Slow-Pitch Softball Keeps Seniors Active & Fit

By Maria Lamb Be careful, lots of new guys hurt themselves by doing too much too fast. It’s the advice given by the seasoned players to the newbies showing up at the pick-up games for the first time. Player safety is the number one concern, as injuries at this age take much longer to heal. A lot of the players ... Read More »

Franklin D. Roosevelt – The Real Deal

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I’m heading back to Washington, DC again to share a monument that is understated and yet one of the most powerful based on its content. Located in the Tidal Basin and surrounded by cherry trees is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt monument on sprawling acres that weave through strategically placed blocks of pink ... Read More »

July Awareness – What is Hemochromatosis?

By Maureen Chodaba July is National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month. You may ask, and rightfully so, what is this hemo-chromo-something that I have never heard of and why do I need to be aware? For my family, hemochromatosis has been a household word since 1990. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hemochromatosis affects over one million Americans. Based on ... Read More »

Fireworks Fund Still Needs Help

By Coastal Breeze News Recently a call to the community was made by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to help fund Marco Island’s incredible July 4th fireworks display. The amount of $26,000 was needed in order to provide residents and visitors with the same quality fireworks that were enjoyed in past Independence Day celebrations. The Marco Island community has ... Read More »

Coiro Comes to Coach Part II: And a lot besides

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate In August 2015, Damon Coiro (pronounced Kor’-ee-oh) began what he hoped would be a long and rewarding association with Hall of Fame Coach, Johnny Roscoe at Northern Guilford High School (NGHS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Roscoe had won four state championships at NGHS. He offered Coiro one of the coveted assistant coaching positions on ... Read More »

Don’t Leave Dogs in the Car

Many people think a dog is safe in a car with the windows cracked, but this is not the case. When temperatures hit 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar up to 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Within 30 minutes, temperatures may rise to 120 degrees. Even if you are making a quick trip to the grocery store, it ... Read More »

Senior Empowerment Series | Experts Advise ‘Plan Now’

By Shirley Woolaway Make a plan now to avoid difficult decisions later was advice given by health and home care panelists recently at the first Senior Empowerment Series of 2017 at South Regional Library. Moderator Kenn Voegele, chair of the Leadership Coalition on Aging of Collier County spoke of his experience when first his father and then his mother developed ... Read More »

Why Yoga?

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Do you do yoga to live a better life, or do you live to do better yoga?” ~ Leslie Kaminoff The origin of yoga dates back more than 5,000 years, and across thousands of miles to northern India. What began as ancient texts of songs and rituals for Vedic priests, has been examined, ... Read More »

‘A Texan’s Promise’ by Shelley Gray

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Maybe he wouldn’t leave her when he found out the truth. Maybe, just maybe, everything was going to be okay.” I should start out by admitting that I’m a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray and her Amish novels. I’ve even made the trek to Sarasota, Florida for one of her book talks and signings at The ... Read More »

Book Launch Raises Money for Kiwanis

Submitted Naples Event Divas, in collaboration with Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Simeris Alliance, hosted the dedication and reveal of the new book “The People’s Commissioner: Donna Fiala.” In just two short hours, readers who supported the commissioner, the mission of the event, and the book, helped raise over $1,000 for the East Naples Kiwanis Foundation. “The People’s Commissioner: ... Read More »

Godspeed, Pat and Roy

By Maureen Chodaba How do you say goodbye to someone who has been an inspiration to so many? How do you let go of a couple who were the faces of Marco Island’s social scene for many years? You don’t. You embrace the memories and thank God for the opportunity to have known them. Pat and Roy Birkeland are moving ... Read More »

First Annual Yoga Fest Empowers Marco

By Maureen Chodaba Kerri Lampos of RevivalYoga Fitness Studio believes in empowering men, women and children through yoga, an ancient practice of self-care and healing for both the body and mind. Yoga is a revival of one’s positive energy, uniting the physical and spiritual components of well-being. Embracing that divine intention, Lampos and Revival Yoga recently presented the First Annual ... Read More »

Take That First Step

Submitted  Step Smart Collier is a new program designed to aid seniors with prevention of accidents in the home. Such accidents account for far more visits to the emergency room or hospital than strokes or heart attacks each year, and many are preventable. Keith Dameron is chairman of this program for all of Collier County. You may remember Keith as ... Read More »