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Shell Shocked: New Year’s resolutions that are easy to keep

January 17, 2018 Now that we’re into 2018, isn’t it time you reviewed all the New Year’s resolutions you made during your inebriated state on New Year’s Eve? Weren’t some of them a bit too ambitious and truly out of... more »»

In the Garden: Magnolia, the Southern Beauty

January 17, 2018 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 »»

Center Stage: ‘Chicago’ at Broadway Palm is ‘razzle, dazzle production’

January 17, 2018 Legs, thighs, a razzle dazzle cast, and all that jazz makes Broadway Palm’s 187th production of “Chicago” a sure-fire hit. more »»

Theater Notes: ‘Crimes of the Heart’ as alive, dazzling as past productions

January 17, 2018 The Theater Laboratory, off of Second Street in downtown Fort Myers, is one of my favorite places to see live theater. more »»

Poetic License: ‘The Walrus on the Gulf Coast’

January 17, 2018 BP was drilling in the Gulf Drilling with all its might: It did its very worst to make Its profits big and bright — This was not odd, because they thought It was their corporate right. more »»

Shell Shocked: A brand new game

January 10, 2018 (Editor’s note: This column ran in a previous issue of the Islander.) The American public worships our national sports: football, baseball, golf and basketball. more »»

In the Garden: The rattlesnake plant

January 10, 2018 Calathea lancifolia (rattlesnake plant) is a species of plant in the Marantaceae family and is a native to Brazi. more »»

Poetic License: Cold winter morn on Sanibel

January 10, 2018 For blood grown thin forty Fahrenheit is Siberia; breezes suddenly blue and brittle shiver through citrus leaves; a birdsong bleak and off-key chills our sense; sunlight, pale and tentative,... more »»

Living Sanibel: Great blue heron

January 10, 2018 The great blue heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. A magnificent bird to watch, this skilled hunter can be found throughout Southwest Florida. more »»

Rotary Happenings: 2018 Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair Feb. 17 - 18

January 10, 2018 Although the big countdown of the year at midnight on Dec. 31, 2017 brought us to our new year 2018, this is pretty much old news. more »»

Faces on Faith: Spreading the light of love

January 10, 2018 The sun crept up this morning behind a sky of mares’ tails cloud formations — hues of pink, salmon, rose and blue — another dawning in our part of the world as light spread slowly and gently. more »»

On the Water: A nice warm week to end the year

January 3, 2018 Christmas week brought us daytime temperatures well into the 80s and it looks like we will close out the year with well above average temperatures. more »»

Faces on Faith: Triple-dog dare you

January 3, 2018 I would not consider myself to be a dare devil, but I never was one to totally ignore a dare! With four older brothers who consistently dared me to try new things, which often were not in my best... more »»

Rotary Happenings: In terms of projects and accomplishments, 2017 was a very good year

January 3, 2018 Happy New Year 2018! Wow, what a remarkable year 2017 was in so many ways, but for Islanders the most unbelievable happening was keeping Hurricane Irma at-bay. more »»

Shell Shocked: The snowbirds are back

January 3, 2018 Bird watchers, start your count. The snowbirds are back.  This is the time of year when the population of Sanibel exceeds that of China. more »»

In the Garden: Gaillardia: Blanket of Sunshine

January 3, 2018 Gaillardia pulchella, gaillardia or blanket-flower, is one of our fun Florida natives. It is a colorful flowering plant often found along dunes, coastal areas and roadsides. more »»

Poetic License: A Nuyorican child’s Christmas in Vieques

January 3, 2018 (My First Tropical Christmas) “No hableh ingléh en Viequeh,” (Do not speak English in Vieques) I still remember my mother’s words a few days before Christmas and after we had just completed a... more »»

Theater Notes: Cole Porter brought to life at Florida Rep

January 3, 2018 Don’t delay. This may already be a ticket hard to get because it is definitely one you won’t want to miss. Everyone I’ve talked to wants to go back and see it again. It is absolutely that good. more »»

Living Sanibel: Red-breasted Merganser

January 3, 2018 A good-sized diving duck, the red-breasted merganser is quite common and prefers the saltwater estuaries to lakes and ponds when in Florida. more »»

Living Sanibel: Yellow Rat Snake

December 27, 2017 (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata) After the black racer, the yellow rat snake is the second most commonly seen snake on Sanibel and Captiva. It is an impressive predator. more »»

 
 

 

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