Ruminations from the Rock and Beyond

Let’s Talk Critters – They Deserve Holidays, Too

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We live in a beautiful county and state, surrounded by lush growth with several different types of environments that are home to many varieties of wildlife. Because we have an appreciation for our local environment, most of us try to coexist in ways that don’t harm the critters around us. There’s also the other group; the ones that purposely try […]

Tommie Barfield Elementary Students Sing Their Thanks to Our Veterans

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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 […]

Somehow, I Forgot

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT


“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!

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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, […]

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

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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 […]

Our Sea Life Doesn’t Have a Choice, But It Does Have a Chance

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You’d have to be under water or out in the ozone not to read, hear about or personally witness the destruction of our sea and air creatures as a result of the red tide, blue-green algae and the brown, murky water from yet another destructive infestation. It’s almost inconceivable that thousands of TONS, not pounds, of carcasses have washed up […]

One Dolphin, Three Dolphins, Then Twelve Dolphins, Oh My!

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If you haven’t had a chance to take the Dolphin Explorer Eco-Tour and Cruise on Marco Island, you’re missing a highlight of your life or bucket list. I was especially interested in experiencing the Number One National Geographic Guide recommendation in Florida of top adventures for family members of all ages. Hundreds of positive reviews were also incentive to take […]

It’s Going to the Dog…and Cats

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How often are you invited to a dog’s birthday party? Never? Rarely? All the time?    We attended our first celebration birthday party for Gypsy Sue, a part boxer and part bull mastiff who didn’t look a day over 25 in dog years, but was really turning a whopping six years old, which is 42 dog years. Gypsy Sue is […]

One Great Way to Prepare for THE CAT – it’s Coming Back!

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You’re probably aware or should be aware that the Key Marco Cat is coming back to the Marco Island Historical Society Museum in January 2019 – it’s the most amazing event to happen to Marco Island since the discoveries unearthed by the Pepper-Hearst Expedition to Key Marco in 1895-1896. Since the discovery of these prec-ious artifacts, the Smithsonian in Washington, […]

Hang In There, Only 60 Days ‘til Stone Crabs are Back

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Last season was a bonanza of stone crab claws, if you chose to partake, and the 2018 season is gearing up to be another prolific harvest. Do you ever wonder what the captains and crew do to gear up for the “season?” Well, it only lasts from October 15 to May 15, so you have to enjoy this delicacy while […]


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