The Naples Airport is home to the Naples Military Museum — two rooms packed with displays of miniature replicas of war planes, battleships (such as the USS Arizona), military uniforms, medals, photographs, handwritten notes, and war memorabilia donated by family members. The museum is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers and former military veterans. The display of “The Missing Man’s Table” catches […]

The Goodland Civic Association’s 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar: A Must!

Goodland Life

With great pleasure, the townspeople of Goodland invite you to the 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Margood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Avenue. Up to twenty vendors showcasing sculptures, jewelry, photographic art, paintings, baby items, cards, trivets and dolls will adorn the meandering walkways of Margood Park, creating a […]

Birds of the Everglades

Growing Up in Everglades City

Birds are one of the most graceful creatures on the planet. They soar over us on a daily basis, and perch on tall trees during the day and night. The Everglades is a vast river of grass where you can see the most beautiful and extraordinary birds. In fact, there are approximately 350 bird species in the Everglades National Park! […]

Getting Stuck; Understanding Psychological Inflexibility & Stress


As I discussed in earlier columns, like your computer, internet router, or any other complex machine that has multiple components and systems that interact with each other, your mind can freeze and get stuck. When this happens it is difficult to think clearly about potential stressors and your ability to cope with them. When your computer and router freeze you […]


This past summer, 60 Marco Men’s Club (MMC) members and spouses enjoyed the club’s 42nd cruise. For 25 years the MMC has sailed the world on large cruise ships and river boats. Bob Marks, a past president of the MMC and the Club’s Cruise Chairman, opened up a “world of possibilities” to the club when he provided an opportunity for […]

Doctors. Neighbors. Friends.

To Your Health

I feel genuinely lucky every time I get to introduce a new physician to Marco Island and East Naples. More often than not, new doctors joining us at Physicians Regional have relocated to Southwest Florida. They didn’t just move to our region for a job—they came here looking for a lifestyle, for friends, and to be a part of the […]

Breaking the Code

Ask The CFP® Practitioner

“Unless you know the code, it has no meaning.”   ~ John Connolly, Irish Author,  from “The Book of Lost Things.” Question: Would you outline last year’s tax law changes? I’m ready to do some year-end planning. Answer: Exemptions, deductions, expenses and credits all underwent a few tweaks in 2017. You’re smart to look at the changes as 2018 comes […]

JW Marriott presents World Premiere of American Jukebox

A Paradise Production, which brought their show “Broadway on the Beach” to the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort last December, is thrilled to announce their return with the new concert, “American Jukebox.” The show will premiere at the resort’s stunning 17,000 square foot Banyan Ballroom. This limited run takes place November 21-24 and celebrates contemporary American classics like “Natural […]

Somehow, I Forgot


“There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday…”       ~ Robert Nathan In case I forget to mention it, I was a stay-at-home mom to four kids. The youngest was born when the oldest was six and at that time I didn’t think our lives were unusual or unusually challenging. It was simply the […]

Have a Seat and Make a Friend on the Buddy Bench!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

Recently, Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) formally dedicated two Buddy Benches for the playgrounds, donated by Collier County Schools. From identical donations, in fact, all Collier County Elementary Schools each dedicated two Buddy Benches to support their emphasis on kindness, family, and social/emotional well-being. District-wide personnel were on hand at each school to support the students, who made the presentations, […]