In Defense of Defiance

Artful Life Tara O’Neill Ah! Back from sabbatical… and by sabbatical I mean vacation to Ireland. Before leaving, I wrote a column about how traveling can refresh one’s perspective, or even grant a whole new one (and it seems my perspective was woefully in need of a tune-up). So, for you generous readers who did not begrudge me a column-free […]

Sustaining Courage

Body, MindAnd Spirit Dianne Saywell Sisu is not momentary courage, but rather the ability to sustain courage. It is a word that cannot be fully translated. It defines the Finnish people and their character. Finlanders are not so much known for their warmth or openness, but for their tenacity towards gaining achievements. Sisu is a word the Finns use […]

Social Media Confusion

BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Foursquare, Yelp, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest and the newly relaunched myspace are just nine of more than a dozen social media choices for businesses to use as a means for connecting with consumers online. The number one question asked of my marketing firm is which one do I really need. The […]

Alligators all Around Us

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie “Only gators get out of the swamp alive! Chomp Chomp!” Anyone who is a University of Florida alumni or fan knows this chant to be true. You’ll hear it at a UF Gator football team in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium a.k.a. “The Swamp!” But in the natural world, this is true too. Alligators live […]


Donna Fiala Here is the good news story of the month/or year: the City, County, and State worked together to save a stranded bottle-nosed dolphin in the Tigertail Lagoon/Sand Dollar spit area of Marco Island. The dolphin was first spotted by Kimberly Dowling during her morning walk. She was alerted by a helicopter pilot who landed on the beach […]

Going Viral

By Monte Lazarus Some years ago a mad scientist discovered a long dormant virus that had been thought to have vanished with the collapse of the Roman Emperor. He or she apparently implanted the virus in American males, and it has spread rapidly, particularly since the 1940’s and 1950’s. The virus is now known as Romanus Footballus Terriblus. It […]