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Living Sanibel: Cottonmouth

July 12, 2017 The longest known cottonmouth specimen was taken from the Dismal Swamp of Virginia and measured 74 inches. The Florida average is half of that, at approximately 36 inches. more »»

In the Garden: Mango: Summer fruit

July 12, 2017 Mango (Magnifera indica L.) is one of the most sought after and delicious tropical fruits in the world and you can grow them right here in your own yard. more »»

Shell Shocked: We are what we dream

July 5, 2017 The other night I dreamt that I was sitting in a car which I couldn’t turn off.  No matter what I did, the engine would just keep running. more »»

Living Sanibel: Brazilian pepper

July 5, 2017 Introduced into Florida around 1891, Brazilian pepper represents a classic and costly example of the tremendous amount of damage a single species can do to an environment. more »»

In the Garden: Caladiums: My summer color

July 5, 2017 Caladiums are one type of plant that do very well in hot, wet Florida. Planted as either tubers in spring or fully leafed out plants in summer, they are so easy to grow. more »»

Poetic License: Two weeks each year we live in style

July 5, 2017 Two weeks each year we live in style In mid-Manhattan, our native isle, In landmark buildings still kept whole By tenant sub-lets and rent control. more »»

Faces on Faith: ‘With apologies to Texas’

July 5, 2017 I try hard to avoid being a bigot. I really do. But I must admit when it comes to Texas I’ve always had a burr under my saddle (so to speak). more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotary Club celebrated support they provide to people of Guatemala

July 5, 2017 A presentation was given to Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva members detailing the support they have given to four organizations in Guatemala at their weekly Friday morning meeting. more »»

Word on the Island

June 28, 2017 There’s a weekly feature in the Islander called “Word on the island.” It’s a man on the street (and woman, too) interview which asks each person a simple and pungent question. more »»

Living Sanibel: Swallow-tailed kite

June 28, 2017 The swallow-tailed kite, like the magnificent frigatebird, is an impressive bird to witness in flight. In fact, you are most likely to spot and identify this bird when it is soaring high above. more »»

In the Garden: Royal poinciana: Queen of summer

June 28, 2017 Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) lives up to its name which means regal, royal or magnificent - all perfect descriptive terms for the royal poinciana. more »»

Poetic License: Pledge of Inclusion

June 28, 2017 I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation of I ndians, Irish, Israelis N ative Americans, Norse, Nipponese and New... more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotary International Convention affirm commitment to ending polio

June 28, 2017 By Ryan Hyland and Teresa At this year’s Rotary International Convention, global leaders and key donors affirm their commitment to ending polio. more »»

Faces on Faith: Are we living stones?

June 28, 2017 I’ve long been intrigued with the concept of “living stone. more »»

On the Water: A very rainy week hampers the fishing

June 21, 2017 Southwest Florida has been in desperate need of rain and for the past week that’s just what we got, lots of rain. After months of severe drought conditions, relief came as the skies opened up. more »»

Faces on Faith: Let there be light - in you!

June 21, 2017 There are over 200 references to light in the Bible - throughout Hebrew Scripture right on through the New Testament. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Affordable housing topic of Rotary meeting

June 21, 2017 An old quote comes to mind this week when beginning to write my Rotary column: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do i. more »»

Poetic License: Milagros – Miracle Mine

June 21, 2017 Madonna Doll of the Embroidered See-through Mantilla Skirt And Matching Undergarment, Our Lady of Basket On the Head, Cesta-en-cabeza —forgive me, I confess: I hid you from my grandchildren, here on... more »»

Shell Shocked: Six degrees of separation

June 21, 2017 A friend whom I’ve known since college moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico about fifteen years ago. About two years ago, his tennis group invited a new member into its doubles game. more »»

Living Sanibel: Burrowing owl

June 21, 2017 The burrowing owl is best described as adorable. It was the subject for the 2002 children’s book “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen and is a popular wildlife calendar subject in Florida. more »»



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