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What’s Blooming in Paradise: The coontie dates back to the Jurassic Period

August 17, 2016 Plant Subject: Coontie (Zamia pumila) First impression: Milk chocolate brown colored pine cones popping with glow in the dark orange frui. more »»

Living Sanibel: Red Mangrove

August 17, 2016 It is impossible to underestimate the value of the red mangrove forests of Sanibel and Captiv. more »»

Poetic License: The Walrus in the Gulf

August 17, 2016 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 »»

Faces on Faith: The joy of World Youth Day

August 10, 2016 As I write this reflection I have just been viewing television coverage of World Youth Day XXXI, a gathering of the world’s Catholic youth in Kraków, Polan. more »»

On the Water: Fishing during the dog days of August

August 10, 2016 August in Southwest Florida means hot sticky days, plenty of rain and often thunderstorms. If you don’t mind working around the weather, the fishing is often pretty good and competition is scarce. more »»

Shell Shocked: A TV sitcom for Sanibel

August 10, 2016 “Sanibel is the best kept secret in the world and the new TV sitcom we propose will get Sanibel out of its shell. more »»

Living Sanibel: Pen shell, Atlantic calico scallop

August 10, 2016 Pen shell Although difficult to find alive in less than five to 10 feet of water, the two species of pen shell do become dislodged after heavy storms and can sometimes be found in tidal pools at low... more »»

What’s Blooming in Paradise: The calico flower makes a great host plant for butterflies

August 10, 2016 Plant Subject: Calico Flower (Aristolochia elegans) First impression: Ethereal, exotic, lush calico pattern in maroons and yellow on a sci-fi shaped flowe. more »»

Shell Shocked: Even turtles want romance

August 3, 2016 Terry Turtle came by the other day to set the record straight. She told me that she and her sister sea turtles are most appreciative that the Sanibel spotlight is falling on the turtle nesting season. more »»

Living Sanibel: Mole crab, fiddler crab

August 3, 2016 Mole Crab Locally, the mole crab is commonly called the sand flea. more »»

What’s Blooming in Paradise: The pine cone ginger makes any gardener take a second look

August 3, 2016 Plant Subject: Pine Cone Ginger (Zingiber spectabile) First impression: Exotic, unique, bee hive shaped flowers of vibrant yellows, reds and oranges emerging off bamboo styled stems. more »»

Faces on Faith: Listen!

August 3, 2016 “But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pra. more »»

On the Water: Shallow water snapper — fun to catch, great to eat

August 3, 2016 When we think summer inshore fishing around Southwest Florida, we generally think tarpon, snook, redfish, but seldom mangrove snapper. more »»

Shell Shocked: The balance of nature

July 27, 2016 I recently convened a meeting of representatives from many of the wildlife species in Sanibel. more »»

Living Sanibel: The royal palm symbolizes the tropical nature of south Florida

July 27, 2016 The name fits the tree perfectly, “Royal Palm. more »»

What's Blooming in Paradise: The glory bower vine gives off a profusion of pretty petals

July 27, 2016 Plant Subject: Glory bower vine (Clerodendrum speciosum ) First impression: Dramatic, exotic, shades of purple and red bell shaped flowers that cascade in multitudes. more »»

On the Water: Slightly cooler days heat up fishing

July 27, 2016 A slight breeze in the mornings and afternoon thunderstorms gave us a little relief from the scorching heat the previous week. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Club returns to Friday morning speakers series

July 27, 2016 For a few weeks in July our regular Rotary meetings have been concentrating basically on Sanibel-Captiva Rotary business and going over some of the details with this year’s budgeting figures and... more »»

Faces on Faith: Let’s not merely mourn

July 27, 2016 Let’s talk about Dallas.  And St. Paul.  And Baton Rouge as well.  I mean, let’s really talk.  Let’s move past the simplistic statements about race and policing and violence and guns. more »»

On the Water: Hot days on the water make fishing a challenge

July 20, 2016 Extreme heat kept many anglers off the water over the past week. The few that did venture out found fishing wasn’t too bad at times. more »»



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