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Who was Barron Collier?

Read about the amazing man who bought over one million acres of South Florida land and had a county named after him. Besides completing the Tamiami Trail across the swamp and developing Everglades City, he also owned a group of resort hotels which attracted the rich and famous to Useppa, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Boca Grande, Lakeland, Bradenton, Punta Gorda, […]

Getting to Know the American Alligator

Growing Up in Everglades City

The Everglades is home to an array of interesting wildlife, but the one creature that you will see nearly everywhere is the American Alligator. A staple to the State of Florida really, the American Alligator is found anywhere that is near warm water. They tend to like freshwater more than they like saltwater, but in the Everglades, they live mainly […]

Tommie Barfield Elementary Students Sing Their Thanks to Our Veterans

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

The parking lots at Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) were all filled to capacity last Friday, and an appreciative crowd filed into the multi-purpose room for the 16th annual “A Salute to Our Veterans” program. Parents, grandparents, community members and veterans were entertained in beautiful weather outside by violinist Kate Anderson before they gathered in the multi-purpose room to honor our […]

Okinawa A Trip of a Lifetime

Goodland Life

After a grueling thirty-hour journey, Goodlander and Sensei Nick Lemke along with his student Bryant Martinez landed in magical Okinawa, the fifth largest Japanese island in the East China Sea. The purpose of their month-long expedition was to train in karate and kobudo called Seibukan Shorin-Ryu and Matayoshi Shinbukai Kobudo. Okinawa is an island that sits very close to Taiwan […]

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! […]

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, […]

Claws Crossed, Let’s Hope All That Hard Work Paid Off

On a recent October morning, before the crack of dawn had shown its rosy face, the crabbers of Goodland loaded their boats with traps and bait for the 2018 stone crab season. After the long hot summer of refurbishing thousands of traps in the blazing sun and scorching temperatures without any income, captains and crew were ready and excited to […]

Tommie Barfield Elementary is BLUE and it’s a Wonderful Thing

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

The usual connotation of “being blue” is mostly seen as a downer, and being sad, but in this case, it’s something to feel great about for students, staff and parents at Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE). Why? The school has been recognized as a Blue Zone School by NCH Healthcare System in Southwest Florida and is the first school on Marco […]

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