Consumers misunderstood online by businesses

BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing orget about having a relationship with customers online and start getting on the right path to better online marketing success. In May, the Harvard Business Review reported that consumers are not seeking a relationship with brands they love online but instead are seeking coupons, discounts and comparative shopping. This may come as a shock […]

Oh, how I LOVE Christmas… An abundance of deliciousness!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman hristmas is the perfect time to show off your cooking skills to your family. Even novices can pull off an extraordinary masterpiece…just add LOVE! Love what you are preparing, love preparing it, love the presentation you place on your table, and then add your loved ones, for a family style Christmas dinner. Create your menu […]

Living locally does not mean local artist

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill Although much of his work reflects the beauty of a rather small geographical area, I doubt if folks around Giverney ever labeled Claude Monet as a local artist. For that matter, do you think New Yorkers ever referred to local artist Jackson Pollack? Of course not. While the term is often used by well-meaning journalists, most would […]

What’s in a Name?

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  It’s been a couple of years since we have discussed star names. There are only about a couple of hundred stars that have actual proper names; the vast majority are only known by catalog numbers. Of the two hundred stars that do have names only about two dozen are in common use by […]

Christmas Magic at Disney World

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  hristmastime is magical for the child in all of us at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The crowds can be massive, but visiting early in the season helps avoid the mayhem and many hotels within the resort have special offers the first part of December. First, a few statistics about the holiday decorations at Disney […]


CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler he incessant wind had not let up and the anchorage at Iles de Saints was a bit uncomfortable so we decided that we had to move on to Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica. Wow! We just left the very French, sophisticated, upscale island to make a landfall at Portsmouth, Dominica, which is one of the poorest and […]

Winter’s yellow gold

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy ummer heat is beginning to subside and we actually have temperatures in the mornings in the 50’s and 60’s. The first thing to do is open all the windows and doors. The next step is to start enjoying all the cassias, or sennas, that begin to bloom this time of the year. Cassias are generally known […]

It’s the Carol that you sing

MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus “ pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots, is the wish of Barney & Ben, Dolls that will talk, and go for a walk, is the hope, of Janice and Jen. Mom and Dad, can hardly wait for school to start again… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, […]

Where’s the love?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I had an eye opening experience the other day, while serving a friend in my shop who was picking out a “no apparent reason gift” for the lady he was head over heels in love with. This was one of many baubles he had presented her in the past couple of months. While my Mom […]

THE PINES OF MARCO ISLAND, Not traditional christmas trees

PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie  Did you attend the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting last weekend? Have you gone by Veterans’ Park to see this beautifully trimmed tree? If not yet, take a look and Merry Christmas! On our semi-tropical barrier island, there are predominantly three species of pine-like trees. None would make for a hearty Christmas tree, but all have […]