Ruminations from the Rock and Beyond

IT’S SPRING! Step on Those Cracks and Invite New Growth

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

I used to recite the old rhyme while walking down the sidewalk at my elementary school, “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back” and would superstitiously avoid the cracks because breaking her back would be heartless and cruel. Plus, I didn’t want to take even the tiniest chance that the rhyme might be true. On the way back from […]

Ever Notice People Who LOVE Their Jobs? They Stand Out!

RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND

The Marco Island Historical Society Appraisal Faire on March 3rd at the newly redesigned Mackle Park Recreation Center was one of those events that brought out the best in almost everyone. The appraisers from the renowned PBS “Antiques Roadshow,” Wes Cowan, Nan Chisholm and Ken Farmer were enthusiastic, congenial and incredibly knowledgeable about antiques and some items that were brought […]

Can YOU Help? Local PAWS Dogs Assist in Parkland

RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND

“At the request of the Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and Red Cross, PAWS dogs and handlers arrived in Parkland, Florida within two days of the shooting to offer crisis care and so much more to students, parents, teachers and first responders. They will remain on the scene as the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School reopens its doors to grieving […]

Beware the Monster Rocks at the Base of the Bridge

RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND

For those of you who actually go to the “Mainland” every once in a while, unlike the others who boast of never leaving the Rock for weeks at a time, you’ve probably been wide-eyed at the goings on as you try to restrain your foot on the downward Naples side of the Jolley Bridge. There are two big projects that […]

Full Steam Ahead to the CCPS STEAM Conference

RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND

Lucky Seven! Seventh year, that is, of the science conference that Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) offers for all the students, parents and teachers of Collier County. This STEAM Conference was bigger, better and had more participants than any previous– about 1,600 was the count. For several years the acronym was STEM until it was changed to STEAM. STEM = […]

Art, Food, Music & Fun in Goodland

Most everyone knows about the Mullet Festival and Goodland Art Fest. “People in the Know” drive or walk over for great food, dancing, shopping for unique art, listening to the Stan’s bands and the players in the park and, oh yes, lifting a glass, can, bottle or two. Find more photos from Mullet Fest in this issue of Coastal Breeze […]

Look Again – There Are Wonders Right Before Your Eyes!

RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND

If you haven’t heard of or visited the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (aka Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center) at 300 Tower Road, you’re missing not only an aesthetic experience, but growth in knowledge and appreciation of our local natural environment. It’s just north on Collier Boulevard, take a left before you get to Walmart. For several years, I’ve […]


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