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Center Stage: 'The Nerd'

December 12, 2012 The Theatre Conspiracy opened its holiday Season with Larry Shue’s zany-situation comedy titled “The Nerd.” It’s a simple premise that gets directly to the point of delightful absurdity. more »»

Living Sanibel: The White Pelican

December 12, 2012 The white pelican is one of the largest and heaviest birds found in Southwest Florida. Only the wild turkey, back from its own brush with extinction, is larger. more »»

Shell Shocked: My Father, the Early Bird

December 12, 2012 I have wonderful memories of my father. He was a good man, a good provider and proud of his sons. more »»

Theater Notes: 'Talley's Folly'

December 12, 2012 At the Florida Repertory Theater, the opening night’s audience gave a rip-roaring standing ovation to the cast and the production. And I know why. It was a perfect evening of live theater. more »»

What's Blooming Paradise: Hibiscus

December 12, 2012 Plant Subject: Hibiscus (Hibiscus hybrids) First impression: Bright, exotic five petal flowers in unimaginable color combinations. Filaments are colorful and long. more »»

Faces on Faith: Childhood tales — the Reluctant Reindeer

December 7, 2012 I have two grandsons. They are now 8 and 12, but one Christmas, a few years back when they were 4 and 8, we had a Christmas that seemed very focused on reindee. more »»

Faces on Faith: No effort too small

November 30, 2012 As stores begin the process of enticing people to purchase gifts for the Christmas season, the contrasts in the national newspapers between what’s going on in the world and advertisements “to buy”... more »»

Faces on Faith: Lincoln’s attitude of gratitude

November 23, 2012 Thanksgiving is the most uniquely American of all holidays. When 600 Spanish settlers arrived in the New World on Sept. 8, 1565, on the shores of what would become St. Augustine, Fla. more »»

Law behind Sanibel’s starry, starry nights

November 23, 2012 In June 2004, the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce’s newsletter cited dark night skies as one of Sanibel’s attractions. “Celestial splendor,” the heading boasted. more »»

Faces on Faith: Shipping out the hypocrites

November 16, 2012 I have also always loved the church. I found that people were caring, compassionate, encouraging, honest. more »»

Faces on Faith: Forces beyond our control

November 9, 2012 John Donne, the 16th Century metaphysical poet, the sometimes Catholic and sometimes Anglican, Englishman wrote, "In heaven it is always autumn; His mercies are ever in their maturity." I wonder. more »»

What's Blooming in Paradise: Ti Plant

November 9, 2012 Plant Subject: Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa) First impression: Tiny red to lavender to white flowers blooming from stiff stems at the top of a very dramatic plant. more »»

Shell Shocked: Hurricane Sandy, one for the ages

November 9, 2012 I’m a snowbird and during the summer and fall I live in central New Jersey.  As all of you know, a major natural disaster struck my second state recently in the form of Hurricane Sandy. more »»

Poetic License: November Snow

November 9, 2012 The first to fall is the first to go. Earth’s wears its mantle damp and chill — Patina of November snow. more »»

Living Sanibel: Oscar Scherer State Park

November 9, 2012 In 1955 Elsa Scherer Burrows bequeathed the 462-acre South Creek Ranch to the state of Florida with the intention of turning this pristine stretch of creek into a park in honor of her father. more »»

Faces on Faith: Arab-Israeli solutions require sacrifices

November 2, 2012 War will not solve the Arab-Israeli problem, the problem of Iran or the problems of Christians, Moslems and Jews. It will only worsen them and make them more difficult to solve in the future. more »»

Faces on Faith: Ultimate power and hope in small things

October 26, 2012 These days most everybody gets forwarded e-mails. You know, the cute story, the funny joke, the political rant, the stunning photograph ... things your friends think you’ll enjoy. more »»

Living Sanibel: Great Calusa Blueway

October 26, 2012 In May 2010, the annual Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival was included as one of the top 20 events and festivals by the Atlanta-based Southeast Tourism Society (STS. more »»

Poetic License: Surf & Turf

October 26, 2012 by Jim Gustafson A man selling frozen lobster tails and steaks door to door Wednesday afternoon in Cape Coral was fatally shot by a homeowner….Jul. 25, 2012 Fort Myers, Florida News Press. more »»

Shell Shocked: Finding the cure for the dangling participle

October 26, 2012 Young and inexperienced, the task seemed easy to me. Wrong. It should be:  young and inexperienced, I thought the task easy. more »»



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