Jupiter Rises in the East Comet

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Comet ISON was totally roasted on Thanksgiving day during its suicide dive into the close proximity of the Sun. Apparently nothing is left of the comet except perhaps a few rocks. At less than one solar diameter distance, the comet failed to endure temperatures hot enough to melt iron. Needless to say, my […]

“What were you thinking?”

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com We all know what happens when we assume something, right? Just last week, my tennis ladies kidded me about something I always say to them when we practice each Wednesday morning. We constantly work on doubles strategy, and too often I am perplexed on their shot selection during a drill session. Typically, at the […]

The Death of Santini

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Pat Conroy 352 pages, Nan A. Talese publisher Sold by Random House “Time passing has a soothing, ameliorative effect, and memory softens as its tides flow out to sea. And to the amazement of all his children, Dad was turning into a man of decency and self-control.” I wanted to read The Death of […]

Christmas with Naomi

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We have a lot of ground to cover this time around. For starters, lets begin with you and your staff’s (again, I remind you that only dogs have owners; we felines have staff) resolutions for 2013: Did you meet said lofty goals? I didn’t think so. You […]

Act Like a Kid Again

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Are you stuck? Stuck in a workout rut or stuck behind a desk at work, or even stuck at the same weight that you keep trying to get off? Why not break out of the box and try something different? Watch little kids play; they are exercising without even knowing it. Why? Because they are […]

To be mindful, or not to be mindful?

Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Anyone who has ever delved into yoga and discovered its amazing benefits will certainly relate to the following sentence my husband texted me the day after I taught him a yoga class instead of practicing on his own, “Doing mindful yoga is a lot harder than hurry-up-and-get-it-over-with yoga.” I was happy to learn […]

Preparing for common retirement surprises

Ask The CFP® Pract itioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill Question: I am approaching retirement. Beyond the obvious evaluation of my expenses and income sources, what should I consider? Answer: Congratulations on your upcoming retirement and bravo for analyzing your cash flow. You’ve addressed the first step in this significant transition by […]

St. Mark’s Unveils Etched Art for Advent

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Artists in Residence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church have done it again. Over 20 members within the congregation have created myriad mediums of artwork since 2008 – all representing the life of Jesus Christ. It’s fifth project celebrates the current season of Advent – the coming of Christ – the reason we celebrate Christmas. The […]

What’s lurking in your Garden

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Are there dangerous plants lurking in your garden? That pretty flower or leaf, or even the colorful bark you’ve been admiring, may cause redness, itching, blisters or even death! Because many tropical plants are toxic, those of us in South Florida have to be knowledgeable about selecting safe plants for our gardens. And, if children […]

For a Mixed Bag, Choose Shrimp

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Very few people can deny that shrimp are a tasty treat, and nearly all salt water fish concur. In fact, local species like sheepshead and black drum can be caught only on shrimp or other crustaceans. It is my belief that shrimp provide enticing bait offerings, but this is especially true during the winter […]