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Center Stage: Nothing plain about Jane

April 15, 2015 “Jane the Plain” currently playing at the Theatre Conspiracy is a funny, odd, sort of Greek tragedy, laced look at that weird sort of time in our lives known as high schoo. more »»

What's Blooming in Paradise: Shaving-Brush tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum)

April 15, 2015 First impression: Oodles of hot pink thread-like stamens frosted in yellow pollen. The flowers are curled, like ribbons in a soft tan hue surrounding these silky hairs. more »»

Living Sanibel: Nile monitor lizard

April 15, 2015 Currently known to exist in seven south Florida counties, the Nile monitor lizard represents a serious potential environmental threat. This powerful lizard is a carnivor. more »»

Poetic License: My First Haircut

April 15, 2015 After her second child was stillborn, my mother made a “promesa,” a promise to the Virgin that in return for a healthy male child, she would not cut his hai. more »»

At the Library: New non-fiction titles now available at the Captiva Library

April 15, 2015 A sampling of new revelatory non-fiction titles now available through the Captiva Memorial Library: “Bold: How to Go Big, Achieve Success, and Impact the World” by Peter Diamandis and Steven... more »»

Theater Notes: Gulfshore Playhouse has a hit

April 15, 2015 Take one of the wittiest, down right hilarious plays of the season, mix it with a dazzling ensemble of eight equity players, with brilliant directing by Cody Nickell, production values of the highes... more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotary distributes $80,000 in charity over season

April 8, 2015 High season on Island is winding down.  Oh, we do have another week or two but after that Rotarians will own Periwinkle. more »»

Faces on Faith: An Easter Story

April 8, 2015 Easter may be over, but it’s effects always seem to linger. A case in point. Many years ago now I led a group of teenagers and adults on a work trip to Mound Bayou, Mississippi. more »»

Shell Shocked: Snowbirds…we don’t get no respect

April 8, 2015 If you’re a full time resident of Sanibel, you take your annual pledge very seriously – “Snowbirds, can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. more »»

Center Stage: Russian ballet blazes with timeless ‘Don Quixote’

April 8, 2015 The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow in the late 1980s, during the transitional period of Perestroika when ballet companies began rethinking with new creative freedom of how to... more »»

What's Blooming in Paradise: Silver Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia aurea)

April 8, 2015 First impression: Trumpets of windsor yellow blooms exploding with color. What a large tortuous tree shaped canopy and deeply grooved silvery gray trunk. more »»

Theater Notes: Broadway bound

April 8, 2015 There was no new play to review this week. more »»

Poetic License: Sailing to Sanibel

April 8, 2015 (With grave apologies to W.B. more »»

At the Library: Page turners at Captiva Memorial Library

April 8, 2015 “Blue Warrior” by Mike Maden “…set in the remote Sahara Desert, where a recently discovered deposit of strategically indispensable Rare Earth Elements (REEs) ignites an international rush to secure... more »»

Living Sanibel: Invader has locals hopping mad

April 8, 2015 The invasion of the Cuban treefrog is a case study in what happens when an interloper that is a prolific breeder enters a new environment through human commercial activity. more »»

Poetic License: There is a delightful production of a classic Horton Foote play on the stage at Florida Repertory Theatre. It’s a remarkable example of a lively comedy that also has the magic to make you think. Even the title makes you think: “Dividing th

April 1, 2015 Rap Sonnet: We’ll Take Our Poetry We’ll take our poetry from wherever it comes, From seniors in rest homes, from rappers in slums, From housewives in kitchens, slammers in cafés, From yuppies in... more »»

At the Library: New and upcoming nonfiction at the library

April 1, 2015 “17 Carnations: The Royals, The Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History” by Andrew Morton “A meticulously researched historical tour de force about the secret ties among Franklin D. more »»

Faces on Faith: Christly garments

April 1, 2015 Around the world Christians are observing Holy Week, marking Good Friday with solemn awareness of Jesus’ intense sacrifice in the crucifixion, and his joyous and victorious resurrection on Easter... more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians get some ‘investment’ advice

April 1, 2015 “Let’s get physical, physical… I wanna get physical…Let me hear your body talk, your body talk” Olivia Newton-John sung in 1981. Well, let’s be honest. more »»

Shell Shocked: The eye test that lied

April 1, 2015 FLOTDEXC That was the 20-20 vision line on a standard eye test chart when I was a kid. more »»



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