The Surprise Planet

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net John Flamsteed was born in 1646 in England and was the first Astronomer Royal. Flamsteed’s particular astronomical passion was the careful mapping of all the naked eye visible stars. Flamsteed had this idea that the stars were forever fixed in their relative positions and his life’s work would be the final say on […]

2013 KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

Submitted LINE-UP JAM PACKED WITH STAR-STUDDED INDIE FLICKS AND STIRRING PERFORMANCES Films showcased Nov. 13-17 feature Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ralph Fiennes, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney and James Franco Showcasing more than 35 films over just four days, the Key West Film Festival taking place Nov. 13-17 at the historic San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. and Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton […]

Whatever you do, don’t call me a pig!

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Here is the question of the day: In the game of doubles, is it ok to cross the middle line and take your partner’s ball? However, before we attempt to answer this delicate question, doubles partners must communicate before they go to battle. Remember, a doubles partnership is no different than a marriage. It doesn’t […]

Halloween Horrors and Helpful Tips

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: If ever there was a season for tossing your feline cookies, Halloween is it! In fact, it is the busiest time of year for the Pet Poison Hotline (1-800-213-6680). Why is this, you ask? Well, any one of us felines can decide to taste-test some halloween candy […]

Syria, the Fed and dividend stocks

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: Once the dust settles in Washington D.C., what should we expect from the markets and the economy? Answer: As you may expect, the answer is “it depends.” Markets dislike uncertainty. Much of what’s occurring in our nation’s capital reflects indecision. Since the results are out of our control let’s begin by focusing on what […]

ENOUGH SAID

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced masseuse with a daughter, Ellen, about to enter college (impeccably played by Tracey Fairaway). Albert (the late, great James Gandolfini) is a divorced father of a girl also bound for college. Thus begins “Enough Said,” a charming little comedy that gets into the foibles of middle class, middle […]

RUSH

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net The setting is Europe. The critical year is 1976, although it’s mingled with a number of flashbacks. The movie centers about the rivalry of two Formula One race car drivers, one handsome, dashing and British; the other Austrian, not so handsome, not so dashing – indeed dour, arrogant – and Austrian. This fascinating thriller […]

Want to Fish the Islands? Choose a Guide!

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Whether you are a novice or an experienced angler, it is wise to hire a guide to take you on a memorable fishing experience in our pristine islands. I don’t recommend this simply because I am a fishing guide; rather, I do so because it is the most effective and comfortable way to become […]

Adventure and Beauty in the Everglades

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com For many years, the South Florida Plant Pickers have traversed the East Trail (US-41) through the Everglades. Bound for either Miami or Homestead, we are on a mission to find the most beautiful and unique tropical plants to bring back to Naples. We are constantly searching for that rare and special plant not found at […]