Coastal Life

Students Gain Appreciation of Our Underwater World

Seacrest Country Day School students recently gained a glimpse into the wonders and importance of the world’s oceans through the eyes of Sylvia Earle of National Geographic. Earle, National Geographic’s Rosemary and Roger Enrico Chair for Ocean Exploration, recently addressed second through 12th grade students at the school. She fielded questions at the conclusion of her remarks, and also toured […]

Chanukah, Feast of Lights

Because Chanukah is not only a sacred celebration but a bright spot amid winter’s darkness, it is traditionally a joyous holiday occasion, celebrated with gift-giving, story-telling, singing, and games. As darkness falls on Sunday, December 2, the Jewish community will be lighting the first candle of Chanukah, the Feast of Rededication. Each of the eight nights of Chanukah an additional […]

Sand Dollar Pilates: Functional Movement for Quality of Life

Movement may change as we age, but that does not mean our quality of life has to. The recently opened Sand Dollar Pilates studio adapts functional movement to an individual’s abilities, with a focus on quality of life. Pilates can help improve flexibility, muscle strength, rehabilitate or prevent injuries related to muscle imbalances.  Originally from the west side of Michigan, […]

Marco Community Chorus Presents ‘The Christmas Story’

The Marco Island Community Chorus will present a carol cantata celebration of “The Christmas Story” written by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3 PM at the San Marco Catholic Church (851 San Marco Rd.). An additional worship celebration of the cantata will take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Wesley […]

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, […]

Just Sit There


“In an age of constant movement, nothing is more important than sitting still.”                                         ~ Pico Iyer Thanksgiving 2018 is behind us already. Autumn swooped in on a caravan of vehicle transporters around the end of September. About that same time, […]

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 […]

‘You Must Choose… Choose Wisely’


Movies have always been a passion of mine and I am certain that with a little theme song flair from John Williams and his orchestra our lives would be far more interesting. When I encounter situations that require a difficult decision, (cue the ominous string section), I fall victim to visions from one of my all-time favorite movies: “Indiana Jones: […]

Becoming More Psychologically Flexible Through Valued Living


I ended my last column by listing the six components of psychological flexibility.   Valued living.   Mindfulness.   Commitment.   Acceptance.   Observing Self.   Disentanglement. In this column I’ll start discussing these components and focus on what valued living means and how to live a more values-based-life. What Are Values? Your values are the roadmap for your life […]

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