I don’t count… Who else is with me?

Natalie Strom Sometimes in life, I feel like I just don’t count. Don’t get me wrong, I really do love my life. I enjoy my home, my family and friends and even what I do for work. I also, OBVIOUSLY, love where I live. But sometimes it just feels like even after all the things that I have and have […]

The Tour de Taverns

By Matt Walthour Do you like to play a little poker or maybe enjoy a nice casual bicycle ride? Well, why not put them both together and have even double the fun? Does this sounds like fun, well it sure is so why not come on out Saturday, September 10 for the 3rd annual Tour De Taverns. The Tour de […]


Jim McKay tells the story of his experience with Hurricane Donna – September, 1960  By Joseph Giannone  Hurricanes are terrifying because when one strikes, and the damage finally seen, reality sets in. These storms are a disastrous force of Mother Nature. There have been countless generations of Floridians who have endured the anger of hurricanes. Many hurricanes have passed over our […]

Part II: Southeastward from George Town, Bahamas to Dominican Republic

Frances Diebler As I mentioned in my last article Part I of the Dominican Republic, we arrive too early to enter the harbor as it was not yet daylight. We did do not like to enter an unknown harbor in the dark, especially if we are not sure that the entrance is lighted and buoyed. We slowed GRENDEL down and […]

The Joke Planet

By Mike P. Usher  Tonight Uranus is rising; by 11 tonight it should be high enough to view with binoculars. The name, as it is usually pronounced, is a source of endless humor to fifth graders; in fact Isaac Asimov called Uranus the “joke planet” in one of his essays. Nowadays, its recommended pronunciation is “your-an-us” which hardly sounds much […]

Young artist updates ancient art form

Tara O’Neill  Dear me…where shall I begin… Since undertaking the mission of uncovering art and artists for your pleasure, I, personally, am never so pleased as when I uncover a young artist or an art genre that runs well away from the mainstream. Today I’m doubly pleased. NOTE: in Art Speak it’s taboo to use age-related labels; acceptable nomenclature includes […]

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the […]

Summer Housing Market Statistics Hold Steady on Marco Island

Statistics for Marco Island only properties, from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service, continue to show high sales activity during the summer months. Pending listings, all property types, are up in the July 2010 and July 2011 comparison by 46.43%. Total all property types closed (Marco Island only) is up by 60.98% in the year-to-year comparison […]

Tickets Now On Sale

For The Island Players production of “A Bad Year For Tomatoes” to be held at Rose History Auditorium, 180 S, Heathwood Drive. Dates are Fridays, Sept 30, Oct 7, 14; Saturdays, Oct 1, 8, 15; Sundays, Oct 2 & 9. Performances are at 7pm, Sunday Matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $18, available at Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Circle and […]

Rules of Civility

Diane Bostick Author: Armor Towles Publisher: Viking July 2011  I’ve got to be honest and tell you that I first read a review of this book in one of the other local newspapers. I don’t remember which one. I have now read it and loved it and figuring that not everybody reads all of the local papers decided to review […]