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In the Garden: Magnolia: Southern beauty

December 28, 2016 The southern magnolia is an evergreen tree that grows naturally throughout much of the Southeastern United States and can be found from eastern North Carolina all the way west to easternmost Texas. more »»

Faces on Faith: A better year ahead

December 28, 2016 King George VI in his Christmas radio address on Christmas, 1939, buoyed the spirits of his listeners with a quote attributed to . more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians can be proud of accomplishments this year

December 28, 2016 Last Friday morning was one of our last meetings of this calendar year 2016. more »»

On the Water: Fishing’s been good for some anglers

December 21, 2016 While fishing has been difficult around Charlotte Harbor, the northern end of Pine Island Sound, and areas of Matlacha Pass, reports of good fishing came from the southern half of the sound, around... more »»

Faces on Faith: God makes his home among the people

December 21, 2016 Many Christians are familiar with the Advent wreath; a circle of evergreens with four candles usually purple, or blue and a larger white center candle. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Holiday spirit and a look ahead to the Rotary arts fair

December 21, 2016 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go on the islands. On Dec. 1, Friday, Sanibel, and Dec. more »»

Shell Shocked: Check rage

December 21, 2016 Reaching for the check? Think again. Restaurants aren’t inexpensive anymore. A glass of wine could cost you 15 bucks. A shrimp cocktail 13 bucks. And a Caesar’s salad 16 bucks – without the anchovies. more »»

In the Garden: A jewel for your landscape

December 21, 2016 Necklace pod (Sophora tomentosa) is a wonderful evergreen and flowering plant, which has a high tolerance for salt and low water requirements making it ideal for our coastal island environment. more »»

Poetic License: The night before Christmas on Sanibel Isle

December 21, 2016 ‘Twas the night before Christmas on Sanibel Isle, Not a gator was stirring, not our one crocodile. The Roseate Spoonbills wore pink underwear While Flamingos were sleeping with legs in the air. more »»

Living Sanibel: The cattle egret

December 21, 2016 Although this small white bird that is roughly the same size as the snowy egret, it is easy to distinguish it from them. It has yellow legs, not just yellow feet, and a solid yellow beak. more »»

Theater Notes: Theater Lab stages a ‘don't miss’

December 21, 2016 This critic was dazzled and deeply moved by the play now on the boards at The Laboratory Theater of Florida. It truly is one you should not miss. more »»

On the Water: December fishing brings some changes

December 14, 2016 As the inshore waters continue to cool this month, baitfish begin to vacate our waters and shrimp become the primary diet for most fish. more »»

Faces on Faith: Christmas hopes and dreams

December 14, 2016 A couple of years ago had a special opportunity to revisit an old Christmas classic. more »»

Shell Shocked: Miracle drugs

December 14, 2016 Those of you who watch the evening news on television like I do know that rating wars are based on how many viewers over the age of 55 each network can attrac. more »»

In the Garden: Buccaneer palm

December 14, 2016 To bring the unusual and unique to an island native garden, the addition of a silvery-blue buccaneer palm is a great choice. This specimen palm has lots to recommend it for island living. more »»

Living Sanibel: Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

December 14, 2016 Although this park is not large, it offers the casual naturalist a terrific opportunity to step back in time. more »»

Poetic License: The night Kiwanis books expire

December 14, 2016 (To the tune The Night That Paddy Murphy died) O, the night Kiwanis books expired I never shall forget. more »»

Theater Notes: Florida Repertory Theater has two must-sees

December 14, 2016 Florida Repertory Theater has every right to be bathing in glory. On their boards right now are two of the finest productions that have ever graced our theater season in Southwest Florida. more »»

Shell Shocked: The Donald Trump I knew

December 7, 2016 I introduced Donald Trump to the world. Now how would you like that hanging over your head all your life? I guess I get both the credit as well as the blame.  It’s true, folks. more »»

In the Garden: Bird’s nest fern: Not really for the birds

December 7, 2016 Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus), from the polypodiaceae family, is a plant straight from the rainforests of tropical Asia, that thrives in low light conditions and moist environments. more »»



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