Crystal Manjarres Q. Are you addicted to sugar? – Part One.  A. If you’re conscious about your health, you’ve more than likely taken up exercise and watch what you eat. If you’re like most Americans, you’ve shunned fat, carbs, and salt; but what you may not know is that sugar is the one you should be focusing on. When […]

THE VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE, Miracles and more

Tarik Ayasun There are a few traditions and places which are holy to both Christians and Muslims. One such place is “The House of the Virgin” in Western Turkey located in a nature park between Ephesus and Seljuk and believed to be the last residence of Virgin Mary (Meryemana or Mother Miriam in Turkish.) This place is considered sacred […]

What’s love got to do with it?

Richard Alan Another Valentines Day has come and gone, and most thoughtful gentlemen avoided the consequences of ignoring a romantic holiday that for most men is fatally easy to ignore. Yes, I said fatally. Ignore Valentines Day and endure the pain and silent misery that comes from that decision. It’s true that the week before the lover’s day is […]

Do you know how to put the ball away?

Doug Browne With all the power in today’s game, there is a lot of pressure on tennis players to put the ball away in dramatic fashion. Unfortunately, a good majority of tennis competitors do not have the right skills to execute winners all over the court. If I had to pinpoint a good place to hit a winning stroke, […]

One Perfect Shot

Diane Bostick   Author: Steven F. Havill. Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press 2011. I am preparing myself mentally to start reading Ken Follett’s Fall of the Giants which is a whopping 1,000 pages long. I am sure I will enjoy it as I have many others written by Mr. Follett, but, in the meantime, I need to read something reasonably […]


SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Look west tonight, or any night for the next couple of months, and you can not fail to see Venus. In fact you can even see Venus in broad daylight with a little perseverance. The easiest way is to get up before dawn and keep an eye on Venus as the sun rises […]


By Linda J. Turner  Once again, Paleo and Calusa (dubbed last May by Tommy Barfield fifth grade students) have two new eaglets in their nest. The first egg hatched on January 18 and the second on January 21. The Marco Eagle Sanctuary is sporting a new look with the recent installation of a rope barrier, sign and benches. This new […]

Missing marker and nest

By Capt. Carl Kelly  I noticed recently that the green 15 daymark, channel mark, northbound from Marco toward Naples is missing. I asked around. No one seems to know what happened to it. There have not been any severe storms, so it wasn’t weather. Someone in the dark of night may have gotten out of the channel and pushed it […]

Mid winter fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Capt. Pete Rapps It has been a relatively mild winter here in the 10,000 Islands. Up until the end of the first week in February, day time air temperatures have been much warmer than normal, which has kept the near shore water temperatures about 5-8 degrees warmer than average. We were seeing water temperatures in the low 70’s prior […]

Viking River cruises and America Travel

By Monte Lazarus Here on Marco Island, America Travel Arrangements has promoted river cruises ever since this form of relaxing travel became popular in Europe. The company was one of the first to take a group of Americans, most of them from this area, on the “Voyage of the Czars” itinerary from Moscow to St Petersburg when that became possible […]