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Shell Shocked: The birds and the bees

December 10, 2014 A dad is squirming and sweating. He has dreaded this moment for a long time but knew that someday he’d have to deal with it. His son is seated across the kitchen table also squirming and sweatin. more »»

Center Stage: Happy as an angel, merry as a school-boy in latest Christmas production

December 10, 2014 As its 162nd production, the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre offered up a musical edition of the Charles Dickens’s classic holiday “A Christmas Carol. more »»

What's Blooming in Paradise: Giant Crinum Lily (Crinum asiaticum)

December 3, 2014 First impression: Exotic spiderlike shaped flowers in casein white petals. The blossom is supersized about the size of your fully extended hand. more »»

At the Library: Captiva Memorial Library offers spellbinding stories of dreams and perils

December 3, 2014 "The Edge of the Earth" by Christina Schwartz “In 1898, a woman forsakes the comfort of home and family for a love that takes her to a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. more »»

Living Sanibel: The American alligator

December 3, 2014 The alligator, along with birds, survived the fifth extinction some 65.5 million years ago at the end of the Jurassic period. Its lineage goes back 230 million years. more »»

Faces on Faith: Why would the son of God be born in a barn?

December 3, 2014 Sunday, Nov. 30, marked the beginning of the Christian season of advent. Advent means “coming. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rock and Roll Waltz memories at the Dunes Club House

December 3, 2014 Does anyone out there remember: What was the  No. more »»

Shell Shocked: How to rid yourself of too many people in your life

December 3, 2014 Each of us has many people in our lives. It’s time to do some housecleaning, the same kind of process we each go through when we’ve accumulated too many objects in our homes. more »»

Theater Notes: Two must sees

December 3, 2014 Run, don’t walk, in fact, fly to make sure you get into two superb productions in theaters right now. more »»

Poetic License: Don’t Pat Me Down

December 3, 2014 (to the tune of Don’t Fence Me In) Oh give me miles, frequent miles, Let me fly the skies above --- Don’t pat me down, Let me wander over yonder Just to see the ones I love --- Don’t pat me down. more »»

Center Stage: Cypress Lake hits every mark with classic musical

December 3, 2014 Reviving a classic such as "Guys and Dolls" is always a crapshoot, but this sharp and funny production presented by the talented students of Cypress Lake High School for the Performing Arts, under... more »»

Rubbish or Riches?

November 26, 2014 Has the owner of this week’s chosen object found Rubbish or Riches? Read on as I assess a graphic on paper by American Pop master, Andy Warhol (b. 1928 - d. 1987) from a private collection. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Shell Museum guest speaker talks bird paintings

November 26, 2014 Sanibel-Captiva Rotary’s speaker recently was a guest from the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum’s, Dr. Harry G. Lee.    Participating in the R. more »»

Poetic License: Singing Sestina

November 26, 2014 I’ll make my first sestina sing with rhymes and rhythms meant to ring in lyric poems, use anything the muse might have for me to bring more music into my first fling with leaden forms to make them... more »»

Faces on Faith: All is gift

November 26, 2014 Pastor, St. Isabel’s Roman Catholic Church The “holiday” season is also a deeply religious season when, more than any other time of year, we are moved to a genuine sense of gratitud. more »»

Shell Shocked Smile, you’re on television

November 26, 2014 Did you know that I was a local TV star about twenty years ago? I was even nominated for an Emmy award. No, this isn’t April fool’s, it’s the truth. more »»

What’s Blooming in Paradise: Orange Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

November 26, 2014 First impression: Exotic egrethead-in-profile shaped flower of vibrant orange, purple, and red. This blossom is large, measuring 4-5 inches tall and long. more »»

Center Stage: Bet your bottom dollar on island production of classic musical

November 26, 2014 “Leapin’ lizards, Daddy Warbucks,” that little red-headed orphan Annie, her dog Sandy and a whole bunch of little orphan kids had the captivated audience leaping up from their seats and cheering... more »»

Living Sanibel: Introduction to island snakes

November 26, 2014 Corn Snake The corn snake’s name is derived from the beautiful maize-like pattern on its belly and its preference for cornfield. more »»

Theater Notes: Two plays I’m sad you missed

November 26, 2014 Plays come and plays go. When they’re good, you have to buy tickets fast because the good ones sell out. And before you know it, they close. Here are two you may have missed. They’re gone. more »»



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