Ruminations from the Rock and Beyond

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 […]

Serious Quiz Time For You – What is Bundling and How Does This Affect Us Today?

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Here are your choices about “bundling,” try to find the relevant one for the present day. a. Bundling or tarrying is a practice of wrapping two unmarried persons, a couple, fully clothed in a bed together at the parents’ home as part of their courtship to allow intimacy without the ability to undress or have, er, sex. b. To tie […]

Rockin’ and Rollin’ Through the Hills of Wyoming

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Some of my readers might remember a column I wrote last summer about fossil hunting in southwest Wyoming. Guess what? It’s addictive! I had to go back and try again this summer to see what specimens I could find and of course, learn from the grizzled ole hunters that make fossiling their life’s work and profit, by the way. Note: […]

It’s All About Location, Location, Location!

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If you haven’t ever heard Bob McConville speaking at the Marco Island Historical Society Rose Auditorium, you’re missing a master naturalist with a buoyant sense of humor. Bob can talk about almost any type of Florida wildlife and answer questions about the rest. His presentations fill up quickly with few seats to spare, because he not only has the knowledge, […]

STEAM Night at TBE Blasts it Out of the Park

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Rain, wind and water didn’t hamper the enthusiasm of hundreds of excited students that attended the recent second annual STEAM Night on May 24th at Tommie Barfield Elementary with their eager families right alongside them. What is STEAM? It’s the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Trust me, there was an abundance of each subject to meet the […]

Turn the WOW Spotlight on the Accomplishments of TBE students

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It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this that we have amazing students that attend Tommie Barfield Elementary, right? Not to mention their talented teachers, staff and administration! Well, okay, I admit to being thrilled and inspired by the students, but there are exciting things going on with reading that you need to know about. On Thursday, April […]

Are Collier County Public Schools Preparing Students for Careers?

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Hmmm… Heard of “Career in a Year?” Let’s start with the facts. By 2018, 57% of jobs will require SKILLED TRAINING that can be achieved at a TECHNICAL COLLEGE. What does that mean? Well, for one, good paying jobs could be filled with trained/skilled workers who spend between two to 24 months getting the education and certification they need to […]

Lights, Cameras, Action on the iFilm Student Festival Red Carpet

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of students’ creativity and achievements, so I try to attend or participate in as many as possible. There are amazing opportunities that turn the spotlights on CCPS students and really make them shine. Especially the iFilm Student Festival on April 5th in the large auditorium at Barron Collier High School. Wowza! This […]


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