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Faces on Faith: History of Hanukkah

December 14, 2012 Temple Bat Yam of the Islands is the only Sanibel congregation that celebrates Hanukkah. I thought I would share a few of the ironies of the holiday with you. more »»

Living Sanibel: The Brown Anole

December 14, 2012 This small, athletic lizard probably hitchhiked over to Southwest Florida in the root balls and canopies of the many ornamental palms imported from the Miami area when the region was experiencing th... more »»

Small change incrementally becomes big change

December 14, 2012 What keeps Sanibel special is control of change. more »»

Poetic License: Where were you on Dec. 7, 1941?

December 14, 2012 In the back storage room of our family bodega sitting on a sack of kidney beans, listening to the Football Giants-Dodgers game when the announcer interrupted to report that the Japs had sneak-... more »»

Shell Shocked: Watch Out People, We're Coming Back

December 14, 2012 Could be! Who knows? There's something due any day; I will know right away, Soon as it shows. more »»

Theater Notes: Tired

December 14, 2012 On weeks when Sid Simon has no theater news, we just might run one of his phone calls to a granddaughter. They are little "plays;" after all, he is a consummate theater person. more »»

What's Blooming in Pardise: Crown of Thorns

December 14, 2012 Plant Subject: Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) First impression: Christmas red, tiny bright blossoms cover a very well armed plant. Thorns aka barbs blanket every stem of this low growing shrub. more »»

At the Captiva library: Check out a book

December 14, 2012 Captiva Memorial Library shelves hold many mysterious mysteries for you to solve: Curse of the Jade Lily by David Housewright?“A stolen gem with a tragic history, a curse and a million dollar ranso... more »»

Center Stage: 'The Nerd'

December 12, 2012 The Theatre Conspiracy opened its holiday Season with Larry Shue’s zany-situation comedy titled “The Nerd.” It’s a simple premise that gets directly to the point of delightful absurdity. more »»

Living Sanibel: The White Pelican

December 12, 2012 The white pelican is one of the largest and heaviest birds found in Southwest Florida. Only the wild turkey, back from its own brush with extinction, is larger. more »»

Shell Shocked: My Father, the Early Bird

December 12, 2012 I have wonderful memories of my father. He was a good man, a good provider and proud of his sons. more »»

Theater Notes: 'Talley's Folly'

December 12, 2012 At the Florida Repertory Theater, the opening night’s audience gave a rip-roaring standing ovation to the cast and the production. And I know why. It was a perfect evening of live theater. more »»

What's Blooming Paradise: Hibiscus

December 12, 2012 Plant Subject: Hibiscus (Hibiscus hybrids) First impression: Bright, exotic five petal flowers in unimaginable color combinations. Filaments are colorful and long. more »»

Faces on Faith: Childhood tales — the Reluctant Reindeer

December 7, 2012 I have two grandsons. They are now 8 and 12, but one Christmas, a few years back when they were 4 and 8, we had a Christmas that seemed very focused on reindee. more »»

Faces on Faith: No effort too small

November 30, 2012 As stores begin the process of enticing people to purchase gifts for the Christmas season, the contrasts in the national newspapers between what’s going on in the world and advertisements “to buy”... more »»

Faces on Faith: Lincoln’s attitude of gratitude

November 23, 2012 Thanksgiving is the most uniquely American of all holidays. When 600 Spanish settlers arrived in the New World on Sept. 8, 1565, on the shores of what would become St. Augustine, Fla. more »»

Law behind Sanibel’s starry, starry nights

November 23, 2012 In June 2004, the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce’s newsletter cited dark night skies as one of Sanibel’s attractions. “Celestial splendor,” the heading boasted. more »»

Faces on Faith: Shipping out the hypocrites

November 16, 2012 I have also always loved the church. I found that people were caring, compassionate, encouraging, honest. more »»

Faces on Faith: Forces beyond our control

November 9, 2012 John Donne, the 16th Century metaphysical poet, the sometimes Catholic and sometimes Anglican, Englishman wrote, "In heaven it is always autumn; His mercies are ever in their maturity." I wonder. more »»

What's Blooming in Paradise: Ti Plant

November 9, 2012 Plant Subject: Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa) First impression: Tiny red to lavender to white flowers blooming from stiff stems at the top of a very dramatic plant. more »»



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